College Planning Timeline

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Full College Planning Checklist

  • Begin self-assessment. Determine tentative college criteria.
  • Discuss the process & your impressions with your parents.
  • Conference with your counselor to discuss future plans.
  • Register for Spring SAT and/or ACT.
  • Attend college fairs and meet with college representatives.
  • Make a tentative list of college choices (10 is a good start)
  • Parents & students should attend informational sessions.
  • Make appointments to visit colleges.
Spring Junior Year Checklist (PDF)
Summer after Junior Year Checklist (PDF)
  • Schedule a conference with your counselor to review your transcripts, discuss who should write your college recommendations and narrow your college choices.
  • Attend college fairs, visit with representatives .
  • Sign up for the ACT/SAT’s or other needed test.
  • Keep track of deadline dates for applications and financial aid deadlines.
  • Check admission requirements at chosen colleges to determine what specifics are required for admissions.
  • Update your resume.
  • If you are interested in applying for early decision or early action, get started on the application.
  • Participate in final college visits.
  • File your FAFSA form as soon after October 1st as possible.
Fall Senior Year Checklist (PDF)
  • Complete your applications before you return from the holiday break.
  • Distribute all of your secondary school report forms to your teachers for recommendations.
  • Ensure SAT/ACT scores are sent to the colleges in which you are applying.
  • Study for midterms and finals. These grades are sent to all of your colleges.
  • Watch for scholarship announcements and applications.
  • Report all communications that you have with colleges to your counselor.
  • Attend local college receptions for applicants if you are invited.
  • Alumni contact or interviews usually take place at local businesses, restaurants, or libraries.
Winter Senior Year Checklist (PDF)
  • Keep up your grades!
  • When you hear from a school (Accepted, Waitlist, Deferred or Denied) be sure to let your Guidance Counselor know the status of your application.
  • Discuss choices with your family.
  • Decide on college plans…reply to the college of your choice.
  • Submit tuition deposit.
  • Notify other colleges of your choice. They may be able to offer admission to someone else.
  • Complete any required senior projects.
Spring Senior Year Checklist (PDF)