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College Planning Calendar

Ninth Grade

  • Build strong academic, language, mathematics, and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses.
  • Review your courses for this year and be sure you're taking those required to meet graduation requirements.
  • Do your best in all classes. 
  • Join extracurricular groups such as clubs, sports teams, or ASB.  Look for additional volunteer opportunities.
  • Attend a college fair or visit a local college of interest.
  • Locate summer enrichment program opportunities, college and scholarship information.
  • Discuss college plans with parents, friends, and teachers.
  • Meet with your counselor to plan classes for your sophomore year.
  • Take an extra class or participate in a summer enrichment porgram to enhance your academic skills.
  • Read and write.
Tenth Grade

  • Do well academically.  This year is very important.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Review score reports
  • Review options for summer opportunities
  • Review summer plans; try to visit a few colleges.
  • End the year with a strong academic record.
  • Attend a college fair, if available.
  • Engage in meaningful activities.
  • Visit a few colleges.
  • Engage in summer reading.
Eleventh Grade

  • Concentrate on doing well academically.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.
  • Attend college fairs.
  • Go over PSAT/NMSQT score report results.
  • Develop a list of colleges that interest you.
  • Check testing calendar for SAT and ACT test dates.
  • Preview course selection for next year.
  • Continue college research.
  • Visit college campuses.
  • End the year with strong grades.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Enage in activities such as community service and special-interest programs.
  • If you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college, register with the NCAA
    Eligibility Center
    Create a resume-a record of accomplishments, activities, and work experiences since you started high school.
  • Request applications from colleges and check application dates.
Twelfth Grade

  • Meet college representatives.
  • Attend college fairs.
  • Investigate scholarship opportunitites.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Refine your college list. 
  • Begin Early Decision, Early Action or rolling admissions applications as soon as possible. 
  • Request letters of recommendations from your teachers and counselor. 
  • Start preparing for your personal statement and essays. 
  • Register for the SAT or ACT.
  • Complete applications by their deadlines.
  • Complete initial CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE if required by the colleges to which you are applying.
  • Send seventh-semester grades if requested by the college.
  • Stay focused academically.  Colleges will still look at senior year grades. 
  • File FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms for financial aid.
  • Receive notifications from colleges.
  • Make final decision and notify college.
  • Mail deposit.
  • Take AP/IB exams, if applicable.
  • Request final transcripts sent to your college.
Information provided by College Counseling Sourcebook 2004