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Future Freshmen: Welcome High School Seniors 

Upper Iowa University would love to be part of your initial steps in the college search. Check out the timeline listed below to see how you can get the process started. Go Peacocks!

Three StudentsApril through August

  1. Make a list of colleges/universities that you are interested in.
  2. Determine the attributes you would like in a college/university. Think about size, location, programs offered, activities that you can get involved with.
  3. VISIT! Being on campus is the best way to see if the college/university is a good 'fit' for you.
  4. During the visit, meet with a professor in your area of interest, if possible.
  5. Take the ACT/SAT.
    1. UIU ACT Code: 1360
    2. UIU SAT Code: 6885
  6. Become aware of deadlines and important dates that colleges/universities may have. Upper Iowa University has a rolling admission basis (no deadlines for admission), but some institutions may have an application deadline.
  7. Become aware of any prerequisites. Do you need to have a foreign language, or how many years of math do you need? If certain classes are needed, can you fit those classes in your senior year?

SnowSeptember through December

  1. Apply! Make sure to include ALL materials to complete your application at each institution you are applying to. Colleges/universities may ask for the following items:
    1. Transcripts (high school and dual credit course transcripts if needed)
    2. ACT/SAT scores
    3. Personal statement/essay
    4. Writing sample
    5. Letter of recommendation
  2. Line up letters of recommendation if needed for the application; give them plenty of time to write the letter.
  3. Attend various college fairs.
  4. Reach out to the admission counselors. They are a great resource and are willing to help you with any part of the process and answer any questions you may have.
  5. Retake the ACT/SAT if needed. Upper Iowa gives students the opportunity to take the ACT residually if national testing days doesn't work out, or taking the ACT alone.
  6. Continue visiting colleges/universities.
  7. Begin researching outside scholarships.

Group of studentsJanuary through May


  1. File FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can file FAFSA beginning January 1. UIU's FAFSA Code is 001893.
    1. Parents and students should complete their taxes ASAP. The sooner schools receive the FAFSA the more likely you are to get Federal and State aid such as Pell grants and work-study.
  2. Check with the schools you have applied to/been accepted to see if you need any additional documents.
  3. Send mid-year transcripts. Merit based scholarship amount could increase.
  4. Retake ACT/SAT if needed.


  1. Continue working on FAFSA if not completed.
  2. Retake ACT/SAT if needed.
  3. Go on another visit if you are between schools. Maybe try to sit in on a class or work out an overnight stay with a current student through the admissions office.
  4. It may be beneficial to go on a visit without your parents/guardians just to experience the campus by yourself.
  5. Continue researching outside scholarships.


  1. Have your college choices narrowed down to 2-3 schools (Unless you have already made your decision).
  2. If you are still not sure, go on another visit if possible.
  3. Continue researching outside scholarships.


  1. Finalize college choice if you haven't already.
  2. Send deposit.
  3. Finalize housing options.
  4. Accept Financial Aid award.
  5. Let the other colleges/universities know that you are no longer interested in attending.
  6. Continue researching outside scholarships.


  1. Sign up for an orientation day.
  2. Check in with admissions counselor every couple of weeks.
  3. Create a budget for next year (books, supplies, entertainment...).
  4. Have final transcripts/AP scores sent to the college of your choice.


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