Your College Plan

Freshman Year

  • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses.

  • Study hard and get excellent grades. Colleges see your year end grades from ninth grade and the GPA becomes a part of the cumulative GPA on your transcript.

  • Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing your reading.

  • Become involved in co-curricular activities.

  • Browse through college literature or surf the Web to get an idea of what kinds of schools may be of interest to you.

  • Check out what high school courses colleges require.

  • Keep an academic portfolio and co-curricular record or resume. View sample resume.

  • Research career possibilities.

  • Look for a great summer opportunity – job, internship, or volunteer position.

Sophomore Year

  • Continue taking challenging courses.

  • Work hard and continue to make excellent grades.

  • Take the PSAT in October and the PreACT in November.

  • Get more involved with your extracurricular activities. 

  • When you receive your PSAT results in December, read the materials sent with your score report and work on the areas you need to improve.

  • Decide if you want to take any SAT Subject tests in the spring.

  • SCOIR account login information distributed

  • If there are college representatives visiting in the spring, come to the visits that may be of interest to you.

  • Look for a great summer opportunity – job, internship, or volunteer position.

Junior Year

  • Aug. Log into SCOIR and Complete Junior Conference Questionnaire for students and parents.

  • Sept. - Attend College Night for juniors on their parents

  • Oct. - Take the PSAT 

  • Feb./Mar - Take the ACT and register for March SAT I or May SAT I

  • Apr. - Register for June SAT II Subject Tests

  • May - Take AP Exams, and take or retake SAT I

  • June - Take SAT II Subject Tests

  • July - Research and visit colleges, think about your college essays.

Senior Year

  • Aug. Finalize your list of colleges

  • Sept. - Check application deadlines and determine of Early Action/Early Decision options are appropriate for you. 

  • Oct. - Register for Dec SAT II Subject Tests, Take or retake SAT I or SAT II. Ask teachers for recommendation letters.

  • Nov. - Take  or retake SAT I, complete early action/early decision applications

  • Dec. - Take or retake SAT II Subject Tests, complete all college applications

  • Jan. - Submit Financial Aid forms, Sends test scores to colleges

  • Feb-March. - Wait patiently for college acceptance letters.

  • Apr. - Make your final decision on what college to attend

  • May - Reply to all colleges

  • June -Graduate - CONGRATULATIONS!!