Planning Timeline 9-12

COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

High School Career

• Challenge yourself with appropriate courses

• Seek extra help when needed

Freshman Year

• Consider taking Biology SAT Subject Test if you have done well in Biology CP I or Biology Honors. Information can be found at collegeboard.org

Sophomore Year

• PSAT in October (Register at HHS) – optional. Students who have completed geometry may want to consider testing in 10th grade.

• Results of PSAT to students in December – connect to Khan Academy for free test prep

• Apply for extended time on standardized tests (see your counselor or Special Educator if you think you might be a candidate)

• Consider taking SAT Subject Tests if you are in AP classes and have done well. Visit collegeboard.org for more information.

• Attend HHS Guidance Seminars – All students invited during DSB – Career Interest Inventory in Naviance.

Junior Year – Fall

• PSAT/NMSQT in October (Register at HHS) Strongly encourage all juniors to test. Juniors can qualify for National Merit Awards.

• Results of PSAT to students in December – connect to Khan Academy for free test prep

• Attend HHS College Mini-Fairs

Junior Year – Spring

• Attend HHS Guidance Seminars during DSB – All students receive an invitation. Post-secondary planning.

• Make an appointment with your counselor

• Register for SAT (www.collegeboard.org) / ACT (www.act.org) / SAT Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.org)

• Explore potential careers – Attend Career Morning

• Research a variety of colleges – develop a comprehensive list of schools

• Make arrangements to tour college campuses

• Talk to teachers about writing recommendations

• Prepare resume / list of activities

Summer Between Junior and Senior Years

• Begin to explore potential topics for application essays

• Register to use the Common Application (commonapp.org)

• Students athletes applying to Division I or Division II schools should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse

Senior Year – Fall

• Attend HHS Guidance Seminars (College Applications)- All students receive an invitation.

• Finalize a comprehensive list of schools

• Early Decision / Early Action candidates – see your counselor September / October

• Register for SAT and/or ACT

• Attend College Mini-Fairs and speak with representatives from colleges of interest

• Prepare and submit applications – Most students apply online at www.commonapp.org or through the college’s individual website

• Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA and CSS/Profile will be available beginning October 1)

• Update Naviance account…  Move schools from Colleges I’m Thinking About to Colleges I’m Applying To

• Sign electronic FERPA Agreement in Naviance which can be located under Colleges I’m Applying To

 • Ask parent / guardian to complete Brag Sheet for your counselor

• Complete Resume and submit to counselor (Email document or have Resume up-to-date in Naviance)

• Ask a teacher if he/she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation / follow up with teacher regarding recommendation request from last spring

Senior Year – Winter

• Submit completed applications

• Grades from first semester sent to colleges

Senior Year – Spring

• Decisions from colleges will arrive throughout the course of the spring

• Weigh options and select a college

• Send deposit to school of your choice – Most schools have a May 1st deadline