- College Planning Timeline
- Parents and students are encouraged to make an appointment with your counselor to map out the next 16 months. Second semester will go by quickly and Senior Year will be here before you know it. Call or email to set up your appointment today!
- Post-secondary plans includes all levels of training, from certificates to university degrees. Selecting the right school is important. Not everyone will plan on going to a university, but everyone should be thinking ahead.
- Not sure what you want to do? Take the interest inventory available for free at: actprofile.org or bigfuture.collegeboard.org.
- Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, research different careers using the Occupational Outlook Handbook online: bls.gov/ooh
- Students who are university bound should be signing up for the SAT and ACT. Sign-up now to take these important college entrance exams. Registration for the ACT can be completed at actstudent.org and for the SAT at collegeboard.org.
- 11th grade counselor will be visiting all Junior English classes to present registration information.
- Make sure you attend Curriculum Fair. There will be lots of interesting presentations planned to help you with your Senior Year plans.
Junior To-Do List
- Check your status towards meeting graduation, Bright Futures, and state university admission requirements on www.FACTS.org (this activity will be done in class).
- Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your academic status and college options that fit best.
- Get organized with a calendar or spreadsheet to write down important test dates and application deadlines. Create folders for each school you are interested in and file any information you may receive.
- Attend college admission representative presentations.
- Narrow your list of potential schools and contact them for an information packet.
- Start your scholarship and financial aid search. Set up or update your profiles on scholarship search websites so you can receive personalized scholarship information.
- Find out Open House dates and times for the colleges and career schools you are considering.
- If you need community service hours select a project and get the necessary approval.
- Register for SAT/ACT. Take the earliest test available, which will allow you time to retake. Look into test preparation strategies and resources.
- Attend at least one college fair. Dress up a bit (no jeans or shorts) and bring a tote bag to collect brochures and other handouts.
- Take the SAT and/or ACT
- Research scholarship and financial aid directories and begin the application process.
- Create a resume. If portfolios, audition tapes, or essays are required for college or scholarship applications, start working on those now.
- Plan visits to college and university campuses. Make appointments, especially if visiting during the summer.
- Consider a volunteer job in your desired field of study. This can add a boost to your college applications.
- Keep your college search organized! Start a file box with at least two sections: one for information you receive from colleges and another for materials you will be sending out to them, such as reference letters, essays, and test scores.