College Planning


Freshman Year

  • Build strong academic skill by taking challenging courses
  • Study hard and get excellent grades
  • Become involved in school activities and volunteer for community activities
  • Meet with your counselor to discuss your plans for the next four years
  • Find out NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) requirements if you want to play sports in college
  • Begin building your Student Resume by keeping track of your activities, honors, work experience and academic record
  • Begin saving money for college
  • Register for SAT Subject tests, if appropriate
  • While on vacation plan on visiting college campuses

Sophomore Year

  • Continue building a strong academic record
  • Continue to participate in activities and community service
  • Consult with your guidance counselor about taking the PSAT as a sophomore
  • If you took the PSATs, review the results with your counselor. Plan to work on your weak areas in order to improve your SAT and/or ACT scores. The SAT and/or ACT will be taken in your Junior Year.
  • Begin using the internet to explore colleges, careers, and scholarships
  • Register for SAT Subject tests, if appropriate
  • Update your student resume
  • Explore summer enrichment programs offered at universities

Junior Year


  • Get off to a strong start in school
  • Register for and take the PSAT. Explore prep courses for PSAT/SAT


  • PSAT results available
  • Begin to research a preliminary college list


  • Register for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT tests
  • Are you on track to meet your graduation requirements?
  • Retake Regents exams if necessary


  • Surf the Web for college, career, and scholarship information
  • Begin visiting colleges you have interest in. Spring break is an excellent time to see colleges
  • Begin researching summer opportunities
  • Continue to participate in school and community activities


  • Take appropriate SAT/ACT test
  • Begin a filing system for college material
  • Send for college information
  • Make appointments for tours and/or interviews and visit colleges
  • Request teacher recommendation letters
  • Take final exams and Regents exams in school
  • Finalize your resume of activities


  • Do something meaningful during the summer that you can talk about in essays and interviews
  • Begin organizing possible essays for colleges

Senior Year


  • Be sure you have all the courses and credits you need for graduation
  • Register for the SAT, SAT Subject tests, and/or ACT tests
  • Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, employers and others who know you well
  • File NCAA Athletic form if you plan to play college sports
  • Prepare college applications. If you decide to apply early decision, submit your application to your counselor two weeks before its deadline
  • File CSS Profile Financial Aid form if your college requires it


  • Review your high school transcript with your counselor
  • Finish college essays and have them reviewed by your English teacher
  • Continue visiting colleges
  • Register for SAT, SAT Subject tests, and/or ACT exams
  • Continue to work on college applications. MEET EARLY DECISION DEADLINES
  • Attend college fairs/open houses
  • Begin to apply for scholarships; listen for information


  • Finalize college choices
  • Take SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT exams
  • Talk with college friends home for Thanksgiving
  • Submit college applications - Keep copies of everything you send out
  • Send SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT results directly to colleges
  • Continue to check for scholarship information
  • Check status of letters of recommendation


  • FAFSA (Federal Financial Aid Forms) are available this month, complete and submit as soon as possible
  • NOTE: All colleges need to receive mid-year grades. AVOID SENIOR SLUMP
  • Are all your applications submitted?


  • File all appropriate forms as soon as possible
  • Any applications still not submitted should be completed as soon as possible if the deadline allows
  • Notify your counselor of all college acceptances, rejections, and wait-listed status
  • Continue to check for scholarships


  • Make final decisions about college; submit necessary deposit
  • Report all college decisions to your counselor. Notify him/her about which college you will attend
  • Report all scholarships, grants, and awards to your counselor


  • Confirm post high school plans with your counselor
  • Meet all graduation requirements
  • Meet all college deadlines to ensure your place in the college of your choice.
  • GRADUATION - Congratulations and Good Luck!