Suggested Yearly College Planning Checklist

 GRADE 9

SUGGESTED TESTING

  • Take the PSAT (October)- required for all freshman
  • Take the ACT PLAN (September) –required for all freshman

SUGGESTED ACTIVITES

  • 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.


GRADE 10

SUGGESTED TESTING

  • 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)

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

 

GRADE 11

SUGGESTED TESTING

  • 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)

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

  • 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

 

GRADE 12

SUGGESTED TESTING

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT (September or October)
  • Take the SAT Subject Tests (October or November)

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

  • 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