College Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Take PSAT in the Fall.
  • Explore various extracurricular activities and join a few you like.
  • Complete your tentative four year course plan in Naviance.
  • Start developing a resume by keeping a scrapbook of your accomplishments including articles about yourself; also keep a log of service hours and activities — there is a great Resume tool in Naviance.
  • Instead of TV, read a book of your choice to build up your vocabulary.
  • Establish good study habits now and keep up your grades —aim for A’s!!
  • Consider participating in a summer program.

Sophomore Year

  • Take the Career Interest Profiler in Naviance and explore videos in “Roadtrip Nation”.
  • Meet with your school counselor to ask questions and talk about careers and other interests.
  • Update your resume.
  • Choose electives and course levels with strengths and interests in mind. Look to build knowledge in your desired subject areas.
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities and work toward leadership positions.
  • Take the PSAT (Fall) and the Pre-ACT (Spring).
  • Keep up your grades-aim for A’s!!
  • Research colleges in Naviance and begin visiting college campuses.
  • Look at other summer opportunities such as a job, internship or volunteer work.

Junior Year

  • Take PSAT in October.
  • Attend Junior Guidance Night in January (parents and students).
  • Meet with your school counselor to talk about the college search.
  • Use Naviance to research possible college majors.
  • Discuss with your parents how you will finance your education. Estimate college costs and attend financial aid night.
  • Keep up your grades!
  • Register for SAT and/or ACT. Use PSAT and PLAN scores to decide on your testing plan.
  • Set up a SAT/ACT preparation schedule; use PSAT score report to prepare for SAT.
  • Get to know your favorite teachers well. Start thinking about who you might ask to write recommendations on your behalf.
  • Continue to explore colleges.
  • Make a plan to take SAT II tests, if necessary
  • Write to your U.S. Senator or Representative if you would like to attend a U.S. military academy or apply to an ROTC program.
  • Select senior year courses favoring your college plans.
  • Plan summer activities (volunteer, internship, summer experience).
  • Visit colleges!!!
  • Register for NCAA Clearinghouse if planning to play collegiate sports.
  • Familiarize yourself with college applications and financial aid deadlines, as well as, needed essays, teacher and counselor recommendations.
  • Begin the College To-Do List.

Senior Year

  • Parents and students attend Senior Guidance Night.
  • Complete the College To-Do List (Appendix A).
  • Students meet with their counselor to develop an individualized application plan.
  • Narrow your list of colleges to between 3 and 8 schools.
  • Know application deadlines and financial aid information for each school.
  • Work with school counselor to request letters of recommendation.
  • Write application essays and ask others to help proofread and edit.
  • Arrange college interviews (if needed) and work with counselor to schedule a practice interview.
  • Complete all college and scholarship applications by indicated deadlines.
  • Continue searching for outside scholarships.
  • Keep up your grades and aim for A’s-don’t fall victim to the “senior slump”.
  • Submit your FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible.
  • Wait for those acceptance letters!
  • Compare financial aid awards.
  • Make your final college choice and notify the schools of your decision by May 1st.