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.
• 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
• 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.