College Planning Checklists

Start planning for college now, and get ahead of the game.

Choosing the right college may seem overwhelming at times, but we are here to help. First, and foremost, take a deep breath — you've got this! Next, if you are a junior or senior in high school, we've made some helpful college planning checklists to break down the process of planning for college. These checklists are not specific to Mount Marty University, so even if you're planning on attending another university, take a look! 

If you ARE interested in learning more about Mount Marty University, remember that you can easily text, call or email a Mount Marty University enrollment counselor whenever you start to feel overwhelmed.


1. Register for the ACT, if you haven't already done so.
2. Find out who your designated enrollment counselor is at each university you are considering.
3. Submit applications to your top schools.
4. Search for scholarships.  
5. Visit the campus.
6. Request your ACT score, and send your transcript.

Ask your enrollment counselor/guidance counselor for help with these items to make your life easier!

1. Narrow down your college choices to 2-3.
2. Research college deadlines and priority dates
3. File your FAFSA online. MMU Code: 003465
4. Receive your financial aid package.
5. Compare different college financial aid packages. 

1. Check to see if you're eligible to compete for top scholarships, and make sure to register for any top scholarship events.

1. Talk to your college enrollment counselor about ways to make your college decision easier.
2. Send in deposits and register for classes. 


  • Start researching universities; look into public and private options, rural and urban options, and proximity to home.
  • Follow universities on social media to see what student life is like.
  • Request information from at least four universities. 
  • Start exploring major options. Look at career personality assessments and how they may relate to a major.
  • Read "6 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your College Visit."
  • Attend college fairs and ask questions that relate to what interests you.
  • Prepare for and take the ACT/SAT in the spring of your Junior year. Don't wing it; this can affect your scholarship opportunities
  • Start researching scholarships. Think of the ways in which you are unique, and highlight your hobbies or interests.
  • Plan three to four university visits over the next six months.