Finishing Strong: Tips for Your Final Semester of High School

This time of year is always full of anticipation as our newest incoming class is beginning to take shape. Sure, there may be big decisions yet to be made, and what can feel like a lot of steps to take before you’re walking into your first college class next fall. But one thing is certain: finishing your final year of high school on a high note should be at the top of your list.

As you look ahead to an exciting year, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your final semester and set yourself up for college success.

Keep Up With Your Classes

The last semester of high school can be challenging. From final exams to end-of-year projects, it’s important to stay focused. Remember that colleges — including UNE — will review your final transcripts, so continue to show us your strengths and academic consistency.

Remember Your Final Transcript

That last note is worth repeating, as it can be easily overlooked. You’ll need to submit your final high school transcript with your graduation date, so make a note on your to-do list, and be sure to send it in this summer before you get to campus.

At UNE, an official copy of your final transcript is required to be on file before you may start classes. After you graduate, send us your final high school transcript as well as any Advanced Placement scores and official transcripts for any college classes you have taken for credit. Send your final transcripts to: UNE Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 04005.

Use a Calendar for Important Deadlines

With all the different college deadlines to keep track of, we recommend using a calendar. Whether it’s on your phone or on paper, find what works best for you. It’s one of the best ways to stay organized! Note any final application deadlines, deposit deadlines, and financial aid submission deadlines.

As a reminder, UNE’s Regular Decision application deadline is February 15, 2024. You can apply via the Common App, the Coalition Application, or UNE’s application. For more application information, visit

If you’ve already applied to UNE, keep an eye out for your admission decision. If you’ve been accepted and are ready to make it official, congrats! UNE’s enrollment deposit deadline is May 1, 2024. Submitting your enrollment deposit guarantees your spot in the incoming class. It includes a $300 tuition deposit and $200 campus housing deposit. Once UNE has received your enrollment deposit, you are eligible to complete the Housing and Dining contract to select your roommate and residence hall preferences. After May 1, 2024, all deposits are non-refundable and accepted on a space-available basis.

Be Mindful of Your Stress Levels

While this is an exciting time, it can also be stressful. Note your stress levels and make time for stress-relieving activities like getting outside, exercising, meditating, and spending time with loved ones.

Have Fun

On a similar note, remember to spend time with your friends and have fun! Finding a balance between schoolwork and social time is important, and will be key to your success in college. Current UNE student Brooke offers some helpful advice:

Finishing high school is super exciting but can also be stressful at the same time. Even though you’re making plans for what comes next and are probably counting down the days until graduation, don’t forget to enjoy the rest of the time you have left! Go to games, performances, and all the senior activities your school puts on. Make the most of your senior year!

Connect With Us

We wish you the best of luck with the remainder of your senior year. If you have any questions about UNE, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here for you!