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College preparation timeline

Freshman Year

September to June

Take the most challenging courses available.

Develop strong study skills and time management skills. Spend time reading about topics that interest you.

Join activities such as clubs, athletics, musicals, volunteer organizations or community groups.

 

Sophomore Year

September

Take the most challenging courses available.

Continue to commit time to your academics and reading.

October

Take PLAN (ACT Assessment)

March - May

Make a list of colleges that interest you.

Visit a college fair and talk to representatives of colleges.

 

Junior Year

September to June

Take the most challenging courses available.

Continue to commit time to your academics and reading.

Develop a list of colleges and obtain admissions materials and applications through college fairs, college visits, and web sites.

Gather material for a portfolio if pursuing a major in the arts, English, or music. Visit colleges, interview with admissions counselors, tour campuses.

October

Take PSAT

February to June

College conference with your counselor.

March

Register for the SAT I

April

Register for the SAT II subject tests if required.

Start to narrow your choice of colleges by visiting colleges.

May

Take SAT I and register for the June ACT exam.

Visit a college fair to get more information and add any colleges to your list.

June

Take the SAII or SAT II subject tests and ACT if registered.

June to August

Get a job, volunteer, or take college courses and continue to visit colleges.

 

Senior Year

September to December

Take the most challenging courses available to you and that fit into your schedule. Continue to commit time to your academics and reading.

Put together a list of 3 - 7 colleges and the application deadlines.

Obtain two to three letters of recommendations from teachers, counselors, or advisors.

Register for SAT I or SAT II and October ACT.

Meet with college representatives that visit your high school and at college fairs.

Write college essays.

Applications due in the Guidance Office in December.

January 1st to February 1st

Final deadline for most college applications and mail financial aid forms.

April 1

Most colleges have sent acceptance or rejection letters to applicants.

May 1

Notify colleges of your decision to attend or not to attend and send in deposit. Send deposit.

June

Send final grades to college you will attend.