Timeline

  • Sophomore Year

    • Become familiar with college entrance requirements and how your high school grades and extracurricular activities will be viewed.
    • Find out about the different types of colleges and universities.
    • Begin to plan what schools you would like to visit.
    • Consider what characteristics are important to you as you are looking at a college; things like large or small, public or private, location, facilities, academic offerings, etc.

    Junior Year

    • Maintain good study habits.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities.
    • Identify career interests.
    • Identify locations for community service activities.
    • Take the PSAT October 19th 
    • Prepare for the SAT or ACT.
    • Begin the college search process (identify colleges, seek scholarship information, etc.).

    Spring of Junior Year

    • Select senior year courses. Remember to continue challenging yourself academically.
    • Consider or plan to visit colleges spring semester.
    • Register for upcoming SAT and/or ACT tests.
    • Look for and attend college fairs.
    • Begin thinking about summer plans

    Summer of Junior Year

    • Work – save money for college.
    • Complete community service hours.
    • Consider taking a summer course, such as SAT prep or essay writing.
    • Visit colleges that interest you.
    • Athletes: Find out if you need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

    Senior Year

    • Maintain good study habits.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities.
    • Complete the college application process.
    • Seek financial aid starting October 1st with the FAFSA
    • Take SAT and/or ACT, SAT II and other required tests.  

    Fall of Senior Year

    • Check your course schedule with your school counselor. Make sure you are taking all required courses and review your transcript.
    • Develop college application plans with your parents and counselor.
    • Identify colleges that you would like to apply to and the get applications.
    • Familiarize yourself with the application process and Naviance 
    • Begin working on college applications; take note of all deadlines.
    • Keep track of all correspondence with colleges.
    • Bring in applications for mailing allowing 10 school days for processing
    • Register for any additional ACT, SAT or TOEFL exams.
    • Check the counseling website and listen to the announcements for scheduled visits of college representatives.
    • Plan campus visits and interviews, or take “virtual tours” and make appointments to have interviews locally. 
    • Request letters of recommendation from your teachers and counselor.
    • Prepare your a student resume.
    • Continue preparing and finalizing college list.
    • Continue meeting college reps, visiting colleges (if possible) and interviewing.
    • If applying Early Decision, prepare application, request all necessary documents.
    • Begin researching financial aid and scholarships.
    • Begin drafting college essays. Review the essay with your counselor, English teacher and parents.
    • Apply for ROTC scholarships, if interested.
    • November 1st and November 15th are the deadline dates for some colleges’ Early Decision.
    • November 1st is a common deadline at several universities.

    Winter of Senior Year

    • Register for and take the ASVAB, if interested.
    • Regular Decision admission deadlines are often December 15th or January 1st – check your college application materials.
    • Submit college applications with January deadlines two weeks before winter break.   
    • Rolling Admission and Early Decision students, look in the mail. If accepted, see what deposits are required for tuition and housing.
    • Submit your completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Keep a copy for your records.
    • Begin requesting scholarship applications.
    • Continue looking for scholarship money.
    • Receive Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Student Aid Program, and review for accuracy.
    • Respond to requests from colleges for any additional information needed.

    Spring of Senior Year

    • Begin receiving financial aid award letters from the colleges you have applied to, and make comparisons.
    • Investigate payment options with each college.
    • Accept all or part of the financial aid offered; sign and return acceptance letter.
    • Many schools will require commitments to attend soon; deposits will be required.
    • Send a final transcript.  Bring a stamped, addressed envelope to the guidance office with your name printed on the back flap of the envelope. 
    • Graduate!

     

Application Process

  • Three Basic Steps for Submission of College Application Documents

    1. Student will go to the college website and complete the application.
    2. Student will then go into their Naviance Account and update the “colleges I am applying to” section with the names of the schools
    3. Finally, a College Application Checklist must be completed and submitted to the Counseling Office.  This in an internal form that allows us to track application submission.

    Items to Remember

    Teacher Recommendations – If you require a teacher recommendation, please speak to the teacher face to face prior to adding their name to Naviance.  Once your teacher has agreed to create a letter for you, request the official letter through Naviance.

    SAT and ACT standardized test scores – It is the student’s responsibility to send the scores from the testing agency.  www.collegeboard.com for SAT scores and www.actstudent.org for ACT scores

    Common Application – Students applying to many of the private colleges will be directed to the Common Application. While this is a lengthier application it facilitates many colleges.  It is important that a student have a consistent e-mail address as Naviance and Common Application link to send documents.  Teacher recommendations are required for all Common Application schools.  During the application process for Common Applications, prior to submitting a teacher’s name you must complete the “FERPA” waiver portion either waiving or not waiving rights to access to the information after the application process is complete.

    College Application Checklist – Follow the instructions on this form to ensure your application is complete. The Checklist is in the Counseling Office.  This form can be used for 5 colleges.  Please complete the checklist each time you apply to a college and submit it to Miss Lowe.

    Timeliness  We ask for ten school days to process student paperwork. We suggest that you allow three weeks for a teacher to complete a letter.  Though it typically does not take that long, it is important for students to watch their deadlines.

    We consider it very important to process your college applications correctly and efficiently.  Please contact the Counseling Office with questions.