Your Path to UNH: A Senior Checklist

It’s your senior year. You’re on track to graduate, and college is on the horizon. Follow these steps toward achieving your future goals.


August - September


  • Plan a visit to campus and watch for our Fall Open House event to see firsthand what UNH has to offer, or meet with our admissions counselors at a college fair.
  • Review the requirements for applying to UNH using the online Common App or Coalition Application.
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores are required for admission to UNH, so now is the time to register for a fall testing date.
  • Mark your calendar: Apply by Nov. 15 for early action or Feb. 1 for regular decision.

October - November


  • Finalize your college essay and request a personal recommendation from a school counselor or core academic teachers.
  • The FAFSA is due March 1 but can be filed as early as October 1. Visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website for more.
  • UNH has many scholarship options to make a college education affordable. Find out if you qualify.
  • Apply for early action by Nov. 15 and receive an admission decision by the end of January. You will have until May 1 to enroll.

December - January


  • If regular decision is the option for you, now is the time to organize your application materials and be sure your financial aid forms are filed.
  • Want one more opportunity to bring up your SAT score? Register for the January session.
  • Ask your guidance counselor to send your first-semester transcripts to UNH.
  • Apply for regular decision by Feb. 1. You will receive your admission decision by early April.

March - April


  • If you haven’t filed your FAFSA yet, be sure to submit it online by March 1.
  • UNH decision letters and financial aid offers will arrive by early April.
  • Admitted Student Visit Days are scheduled on campus. Look for information by email and register for the date offered by your college.
  • If you can’t attend one of these days, we can help you plan a visit.

May - June


  • Confirm your enrollment and be sure your deposit is postmarked no later than May 1.
  • If you’ve been offered financial aid, accept the offer and follow the instructions provided.
  • Have your official high school diploma or GED sent to directly to admissions.
  • Get ready to join our UNH Wildcat family.

Find general tips and hints for your college search on the NACAC website.