Suggested Yearly College Planning Checklist
- Take the PSAT (October)- required for all freshman
- Take the ACT PLAN (September) –required for all freshman
- Develop a long list of college names (10)
- Start resume
- Get involved in extracurricular activities
- Begin community service projects
- Build a flexible schedule allowing for study time, extracurricular activities, and your other interests
- Find out about summer jobs. Look into volunteer opportunities that will expand your experience and skills.
- Complete required summer reading list and additional challenging books.
- Take the PSAT (October)- required for all sophomores
- Take the ACT PLAN (September)- required for all sophomores
- Take the ACT (February, April &June)
- Take the SAT (January, March, & May)
- Reduce long list of college names (7-9)
- Begin college visits on the computer- ecampustours.com
- Continue work on resume
- Consider using PSAT/SAT or ACT test prep programs
- Continue community service projects
- Complete required summer reading list and additional challenging books
- If interested in college athletics, check out NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.
- Take the PSAT (October) required for all Juniors
- Take the SAT II Subject Tests (December or January)
- Take the ACT ( September, December, February, April or June) or SAT (October, December, March, & June)
- Send all test scores to colleges, universities, or scholarship agencies
- Develop a short college list (5-7)
- Schedule college visits
- Investigate college honors programs
- Complete rough draft of resume and personal essay
- Conduct scholarship searches on the Internet or scholarship books- www.fastweb.com
- Attend sessions with college representatives who visit your high school.
- If you plan to play sports in college, write to college coaches at your target schools. Include a schedule of your athletic events for the upcoming year. Register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
- Practice writing online applications, filling out rough drafts, without submitting them.
- Review applications, especially the essays. Ask others to proof the essay for any grammar, content or punctuation errors.
- Read all college mail and send reply cards back to schools of interest
- Attend college fairs and financial aid/parents night
- Take the ACT and/or SAT (September or October)
- Take the SAT Subject Tests (October or November)
- Attend special programs such as college fairs and financial aid nights
- Visit your top college choices
- Mail NCAA application if interested in college athletics
- Finalize resume and personal essay
- Mail college applications before deadlines (Often November 1st or December 1st for early decision and early action)
- Keep copies of all applications and forms you submit
- Request letters of recommendation and transcripts to be mailed with college applications
- Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after January 1
- Mail seventh semester transcripts to colleges if requested after fall semester is completed
- Complete and send scholarship applications- Be aware of deadlines!
- Watch the mail for college acceptance and financial aid award letters. Compare the financial aid awards you receive
- Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline
- Check with the college you’ve chosen about the details of signing and returning financial aid award letters
- Notify the other schools that you will not be attending
- Watch for important deadlines at your chosen college (housing, financial aid, etc.)
- Finalize summer school or summer job plans