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Admissions Timeline: 

Admissions Timeline Planning for College

Researching Colleges & Universities: 

Researching Colleges & Universities Where to look: Internet School websites, Princeton Review, College Board College Fairs National, Regional & Local High School visits Campus visits

Standardized Tests: 

Standardized Tests SAT vs. ACT Problem solving vs. existing knowledge Give yourself time to retake if necessary Start now! SAT II - Subject Tests Research what schools require Send score reports SMU College Board: 4674 SMU ACT: 4474

Application Process: 

Application Process Differences between what is required and what is optional Check with each school for requirements Early Action vs. Early Decision Non binding and binding Rolling Admission and priority deadline March 1st is SMU priority deadline! Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!

What Admissions Looks For: 

What Admissions Looks For Application: Include all clubs, jobs, activities and community service you’re involved in Class selection is important Follow all the directions Essay: Read directions Answer the question asked Just be yourself! MOST IMPORTANTLY, PROOF READ!

Financial Aid: 

Financial Aid FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid File starting January 1st Additional Financial Aid forms CSS Profile Watch for deadlines!


Overview May/June SAT: May 5th, June 2nd ACT: June 9th June/July/August Research & narrow your list Visit if possible September/October SAT: October 6th, November 3rd ACT: September 15th, October 27th Campus visits, high school visits, college fairs, start applying & writing essays

Overview Continued: 

Overview Continued November/December Stay in contact with your top choice(s) Continue visits: campus tours & overnights January FAFSA Send in 7th semester grades March 1st Priority deadline for Admission & Financial Aid

Contact SMU Admissions: 

Contact SMU Admissions

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