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Timelines for High School Students Impact

Timelines for High School Students

By now, you’ve probably learned that applying to college requires submitting lots of information. Here are some timelines to keep you on track to becoming a Falcon:

Before You are AdmittedAfter You are AdmittedTimeline for Seniors

Before You are Admitted to Fairmont State

  1. Register for SATs and ACTs
  2. Complete your:
    1. FAFSA
    2. General Scholarship Application
    3. West Virginia Common Application
  3. Come visit us
  4. Submit your application
  5. Sign up for Maroon & White Day!

See the full month-to-month timeline for high school seniors below.

After You are Admitted to Fairmont State

Congratulations on being accepted and admitted to Fairmont State University! Here are your next steps to take:

  1. Accept your offer of admission. Log into the application portal to complete your offer!
    • Remember, accepting your admission offer is non-binding. It simply lets us know that you are interested in taking the next steps to become a Falcon. By completing the offer of admission, you will be assigned a Fairmont State University student email and student user ID.
  2. If you haven’t yet done so, submit any ACT/SAT scores via the application portal. These test scores are NOT required for admission to Fairmont State, but they may help you qualify for scholarships.
  3. In the application portal, set up your University Credentials/University email account (often called your UCA account).
  4. Using your UCA information, log in to MyFairmontState. This is where you need to:
    1. Complete your housing application. Remember: All students are required to live on campus for four (4) consecutive semesters, unless you qualify for an exemption.
    2. Review and accept any financial aid and/or scholarship awards.
    3. Schedule an appointment with your Advisor. You can discover who your advisor is once you log in to the application portal. 
  5. Register for Orientation. All new students are required to attend an Orientation session. Orientation dates will be set in Spring, 2023.

Timelines for High School Seniors


  • Register for fall SATs and/or ACTs and remember to include Fairmont State’s code (our SAT code is 5211; our ACT code is 4520) on your registration forms--that way we’ll automatically receive your scores. (If you already took the SAT last spring, this is a good chance to raise your score.) Don’t forget to study!
  • Although ACT or SAT test scores are not required for admission, we encourage you to send scores if you have them, as they are useful for course placement and scholarship purposes.  
  • Applying for Nursing? Register to take your TEAS exam now!
  • Meet with your high school college counselor to make sure you’re on track to graduate and that your classes meet our admission requirements. If you’re able, take AP or honors classes—colleges like to see seniors continue to challenge themselves.


  • Come visit us.
  • Take your SAT or ACT exams. (Good luck!)
  • Register for ACTs, if you plan to take them in December. (Fairmont State’s code is 4520.)


  • Submit your application.
  • Take your ACTs.
  • Use your holiday break to tie up any loose application details.


  • Complete the FAFSA—this is your key financial aid form. Though many schools give students March deadlines for completing the FAFSA, financial aid is generally awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. The sooner you get the process started, the sooner you’ll receive an award (if you qualify).
  • File your FAFSA, if you haven’t already, by February 14.
  • Finish and submit any scholarship applications.
  • Come visit us.
  • Take note of whether or not you have received your Student Aid Report (SAR). This is the document that arrives after you complete the FAFSA. Check it for accuracy and submit any changes if necessary
  • Take any appropriate AP exams. Scoring well can earn you college credit and save you money!


  • If you are from West Virginia complete the Common Application for State Level Financial Programs to receive consideration for the PROMISE Scholarship (you need a 3.0 GPA or above in your core classes and overall). Your deadline to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship is March 1.
  • The deadline to apply for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant using the same Common Application is also March 1.


  • Celebrate your graduation from high school!