Fill out the TOP Dollar Scholarship Application
Apply for External Scholarships
Attend TOP (WKU's new student orientation program.)
Sign up for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan is an extended orientation program for first year students.)
August 1st - Fall Semester Application Deadline
August 1st - Application opens for current high school seniors
October 1st - FAFSA submission for the 18/19 school year utilizing 2016 tax information
December 1st - Honors Application and Cherry Presidential Scholarship Deadline
January 1st - Spring Semester Application Deadline
March 31st - Priority Housing Deadline
May 1st - Summer Semester Application Deadline
May 1st - Deadline for Accepting Scholarships and Financial Aid
The Complete Timeline
Sophomore and Junior Year of High School
- Fill out the online inquiry form to get on WKU's mailing list.
- Get involved with clubs and organizations that will provide leadership opportunities.
- Take challenging courses that will prepare you for college-level coursework.
- Sign up for dual credit courses that allow you to earn college credit while you work toward your high school diploma.
- Take the STAMP test after completing your second year of foreign language while the material is fresh on your mind. While this test is not required, a score of novice or higher may exempt you from foreign language requirements in college.
- Talk with your guidance counselor about courses you should take to meet the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum.
- Application for admission opens.
- Prepare a list of questions for college representatives so that you will get all the answers you need.
- Begin thinking about what type of college you want – large, small, public, private, there are so many options!
- Start scheduling college visits.
- Schedule ACT or SAT test dates.
- If you don’t already have an appropriate email address, create one! Use your first name and last name.
- Start going on college visits – visiting is imperative! We want you to make an informed decision about college, and official college visits are the best way to be informed!
- DiscoverWKU events begin – register to attend one in your area!
- Contact your admissions counselor (find your counselor) – the better you know them, the more they can help you.
- Talk with your family about college. Your parents know you better than anyone (even if you think they don’t) – they can certainly give you good advice. Also, it is important to ask them if they plan to contribute to your college fund and what their expectations are as far as academic performance and involvement. Look at the Net Price Calculator – it will help.
- Join WKU's private Facebook community at social.wku.edu.
- Begin filling out college applications and submit all required application material.
Keep in mind: when you apply, if it has been more than three weeks, give your admissions counselor a call! We can check on your application status.
- Begin going to college fairs in your area and college visits at your high school.
Tip: print labels with your full name, mailing address, email address, high school and graduation year for the info cards. It’ll save you time and ensure that we spell everything correctly.
- Prepare your family for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by applying for an FSA ID for both parent and student via www.fsaid.ed.gov
- Continue filling out college applications and going on college visits.
- Contact your admissions counselor for information about scholarships or competitive admissions programs (e.g. Honors College).
- If you still aren’t happy with your ACT or SAT score, sign up to take it one more time before the end of the year.
- Begin checking your email on a weekly basis - Join social.wku.edu to meet other incoming WKU students. You can also use our roommate finder!
- Complete your FAFSA as close to October 1st as possible
TIP: Kentucky State Aid is granted to qualifying KY resident students on a first come first serve basis until funds are exhausted. Early applications for qualifying students means more access to grant funding.
- Finish your college applications by November 15. A complete application includes:
- If you’re applying for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, or the Honors College, submit all application material by no later than November 15. The Cherry Presidential deadline is December 1
- Continue talking to your family about college options.
- Honors College application deadline: December 1.
- Cherry Presidential Scholarship deadline: December 1
- Ensure that all of your application materials are in, and that you have finished your initial campus visit.
- Start connecting with possible roommates on Roommate Finder in the WKU Facebook app.
- Stop into your guidance counselor’s office and ask if there are any community scholarship applications available. If they aren’t available yet, check back on a weekly basis.
- Scholarship deadline for most academic and other university awards is February 1. To be considered for academic scholarships, with the exception of the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, you need to have a completed admissions application. Some departmental awards and endowed scholarships require additional paperwork. Check out www.wku.edu/scholarship for more detailed information.
- TOP Dollar Scholarship Application is due on February 1.
- Fill out the housing application. Assignments are made based on the order in which applications are received. There is a $150 security deposit for the housing application.
- In mid-February, you will receive an email about Topper Orientation Program dates. TOP is a required student orientation where you will schedule your courses for the fall semester. Sign up early!
- Priority Housing Deadline is March 31! Make sure that you have your application in by that date.
- Attend a follow up visit! Contact the department you’re interested in to see if you can meet with a faculty member or sit in on a class.
- If you have questions about Financial Aid, now is the time to get them answered!
- If you did not meet your ACT benchmarks, keep an eye on your email and mail for information about the Summer Early Entry program – it is a wonderful opportunity to get developmental course needs taken care of before the fall semester.
- TOP season begins! Remember, the earlier you attend, the bigger class selection you will have. Also, be prepared to take your student ID photo!
- It is time to make your final decision about college. Use the school’s net price calculator to make an informed decision about potential cost of college. Talk with your parents
again about your decision.
Tip: Make your decision based on YOUR needs. It is your four years. Don’t pick your college based on your best friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
- Sign up for a meal plan.
- Accept all scholarships and financial aid by May 1, which is the national deadline for accepting all offers.
- Enjoy your last month of high school!
- A few days before you graduate, talk with your guidance counselor and make sure they send a final high school transcript (with your final grades and graduation date on it) to WKU.
- If you’ve taken any dual credit courses during high school, have an official transcript sent to the Admissions Office so that you can receive credit for those courses.
- If you were admitted to the Honors College, keep an eye on your mail for the H4 application and sign up.
- Did you take AP exams? Be sure to have your scores sent to WKU through College Board for class credit!
- If you did not attend an early TOP, attend one in June!
- Start shopping for college!
Tip: WKU has Twin XL beds – get sheets and blankets that will fit the beds! [Housing FAQ]
- Sign up for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan – WKU’s one week orientation for incoming freshmen.
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