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High School Timeline for College:

Month

School Year

What you should be doing…

Full year

Freshman Year

  • Try to visit at least one college/university this year
  • Try to attend a college visit presentation at the high school.
  • Concentrate on your grades and GPA
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities & clubs
  • Participate in community service
  • Keep a record of your extra-curricular activities, clubs, community services, accomplishments, leadership positions, work experiences, etc.
  • Start looking up possible careers and college majors that you are interested in.

Full year

Sophomore Year

  • Start making a list of preliminary list of colleges
  • Start requesting information from your preliminary list of colleges
  • Compare programs, size, location and cost
  • Try to visit at least one college/university this year
  • Try to attend a college visit presentation at the high school.
  • If you’re an athlete, make contact with coaches at colleges that you are interested in.
  • Concentrate on your grades and GPA – try to take at least one honors class sophomore year.
  •  Most colleges require 2 years of the same foreign language—make sure you register for a foreign language.
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities & clubs
  • Participate in community service
  • Update your records of your extra-curricular activities, clubs, community services, accomplishments, leadership positions, work experiences, etc.

 

Fall semester (1st semester)

Junior Year

  • Start making a list of preliminary list of colleges
  • Start requesting information from your preliminary list of colleges
  • Compare programs, size, location and cost
  • Try to visit at least one college/university this year
  • Try to attend a college visit presentation at the high school.
  • If you’re an athlete, make contact with coaches at colleges that you are interested in.
  • Concentrate on your grades and GPA – try to take at least two honors/AP/dual classes.
  • Most colleges require 2 years of the same foreign language—make sure you register for a foreign language.
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities & clubs
  • Start studying for the ACT/SAT test
  • Participate in community service (don’t forget to record your community service hours)

 

March-April

Junior Year

  • Apply for summer research programs/ volunteering
  • Try to take the SAT/ACT once by the end of your junior year.
  • If you’re an athlete, make contact with coaches at colleges that you are interested in.

May

Junior year

  • Start looking for scholarships to help pay for college
  • Request a HS transcript for your records

June

Junior Year

  • College Visit- Visit your top 3 colleges/universities
  • Continue to look for scholarships to help pay for college
  • Continue to participate in community service(don’t forget to record your community service hours)
  • Study for the ACT/SAT test
  • Get involved in summer research programs/ volunteering/ or gaining work experience

 

July

Senior Year

  • College Visit- Visit your top 3 colleges/universities
  • Continue to look for scholarships to help pay for college
  • Continue to participate in community service(don’t forget to record your community service hours)
  • Study for the ACT/SAT test
  • Get involved in summer research programs/ volunteering/ or gaining work experience

 

 

 

August

Senior Year

  • Start to organize your deadlines in a calendar for scholarships, applications, and grants.
  • If you are planning on an early decision/early action start your application. 
  • If you’re an athlete, complete the NCAA/NAIA initial eligibility clearinghouse form.
  • Study for the ACT/SAT test, register for you to take an ACT/SAT test in the fall.
  • Continue to participate in community service(don’t forget to record your community service hours)

September

Senior Year

  • Start applying for scholarships
  • If you are planning on an early decision/early action ask for teacher recommendations, and request transcripts. 
  • Start writing your personal statement essay (this is required for most applications/scholarship). Note: college application & scholarships will give you a list of choices on the topic for your personal statement essay. Find one or two topics that they all have in common and tweek it so it fits for the applications/ scholarship.

October

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships
  • If you are planning on an early decision/early action complete your application. 
  • Start filling out “regular” decision college applications.
  • Verify FAFSA PIN

November

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships and filling out college applications
  • Start collecting your financial forms (W-2) for filling out the FAFSA.
  • Start asking teachers for letters of recommendations (2 subject area teachers, and a teacher letter of recommendation for scholarships) give at least 3 week notification prior to deadline. Make sure you give teachers your resume along with the teacher recommendation form.

December

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships
  • Fill out your FAFSA form for financial aid.  You can start applying January 1st.
  • Request transcripts to be sent to colleges

January

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships

 

February

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships
  • Practice for potential interviews from colleges/universities

March

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships
  • If it is financially possible, try to visit your top 2 schools during spring break before making your final decision.

April

Senior Year

  • Continue applying for scholarships

May

Senior Year

  • Acceptance deadline & send in tuition deposit to your college

June

Senior Year

  • Request final HS transcripts to be sent to your school

July

College Years

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Note: Remember to keep copies of everything from application forms, scholarship forms, test scores, etc.