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College Planning

YEAR-BY-YEAR COLLEGE PLANNING GUIDE

FRESHMEN- Click here for 9th Grade Timeline

•       Get involved in activities that interest you.  Make sure you keep a written log of your activities, honors/awards, and community service.

•       Make sure you are taking classes that will set you up to take honors and AP classes later in high school.

•       Attend your school’s annual college fair.

•       Visit colleges if you are in a new area.

SOPHOMORES- Click here for 10th Grade Timeline

•       Continue your involvement with extracurricular activities.  Try to become a leader in at least one of the activities.

•       Review course selection with your Counselor.

•       Do well in your classes! 

•       Study for the PSAT.

•       Take the PSAT and review results with your counselor.  Develop a plan for studying for the SATs/ACTs.

•       Research opportunities for summer programs (community college courses, internships, volunteer opportunities).

•       Visit colleges over the summer or while on breaks.

•       Complete self-assessments and college match assessments to determine what you are looking for in a college.

•       Attend college fairs.

JUNIORS- Click here for 11th-12th Grade Timeline

•       Make sure you are taking as rigorous of a course load as you can handle and do well in your classes.

•       Continue with extracurricular activities and leadership experience.

•       Complete PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). 

§  Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.  Winners are selected from the approximately 15,000 finalists. (http://www.nationalmerit.org/index.php)

•       Study for standardized tests.

•       Take AP exams if applicable.

•       Visit colleges and begin your college list.

•       Complete SAT/ACT/SAT Subject exams.

•       Summer leading into Senior year – work on Applications/Personal Statements

SENIORS- Click here for additional 12th Grade Timeline

•       Finalize list of colleges and visit your top choice schools.

•       Research and apply for scholarships.

•       Continue your involvement in extra curricular activities.

•       Research admission requirements for schools and deadlines.  Create a timeline for yourself so that you don’t miss any deadlines.

•       Decide if you are going to do early action or early decision for any schools.

•       Retake the SATs/ACTs if applicable.

•       Complete the FAFSA starting October 1.

•       After receiving acceptances, attend preview days if campuses are holding them.

•       Mail in your Intent to Register and deposit.