What You Need to Be Doing Right Now for College Next Year

What You Need to Be Doing Right Now for College Next Year

The LCU Blogging Team
November 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Your last year of high school flashes by in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, you’ll be walking across the stage at graduation.

Between final papers and senior banquets, we know that you have a lot to do before your first day of college classes, and your to-do list can be daunting. To make this season easier, we’ve outlined some to-dos to tackle before you wrap up your final year of high school.

Campus Visits

The fall of your senior year is the ideal time to visit prospective colleges to decide if you can see yourself as a student on campus. At LCU, there are two ways you can go about touring campus (aside from just dropping by and saying hi!). Make plans to schedule a personal visit or come during a Chap Day.

Chap Day is a group campus visit which includes a department fair, chapel, campus tour, lunch, and much more. You will also meet fellow students interested in LCU – possibly your future roommate!

Upcoming Chap Day Dates:

  • November 12, 2018

  • February 18, 2019

Standardized Tests

Speak with your guidance counselor to see if preparation courses are available for SAT or ACT. Next, register for test dates that will allow you time to receive your scores. Most universities require these test scores during the application process, so consider allowing enough time for you to even retake the test before the final application deadline, if you find it necessary.  

College Application Deadlines

LCU lets students apply for college as early as your junior year in high school. For early decision, submit your application along with your transcript, test scores, application fee, and statement of purpose by October 31 for Period 1 or January 1 for Period 2. The application deadline for Regular Decision is June 15.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact your admissions advisor. Find your advisor here!

Financial Aid Deadlines

The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1 every year for the following school year. It might sound overwhelming to complete given this application will determine if you are eligible for financial assistance, but it doesn’t have to be! Using our free guide to the FAFSA, sit down to complete your application soon after the October 1 opening date.

Next, complete your LCU financial assistance form. This system lets you monitor the status of your financial assistance application, view a list of documents that have been received and those that are still outstanding, review and accept your financial assistance awards, and review your student loans. Use your Social Security Number and choose "First Time User" or "Forgot My PIN" to create your PIN number.


Make appointments with your physician to get the required immunizations before school starts in the fall.

Routine immunizations required for enrollment are:

  • Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine

  • Tetanus booster (at least within past 10 years)

  • Tdap preferred – includes pertussis (whooping cough) booster

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

These immunization records should be submitted to your admissions counselor.

There’s no doubt it’s going to be a busy year, but the earlier you get started on things you need to get done before college, the better.

For help completing the FAFSA, use our Essential Checklist for Completing the FAFSA.

Essential Checklist for Completing Your FAFSA