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FOR COLLEGE : COUNSELING : DEAD LINES / MONTHLY TO DO LISTS

TIMELINE FOR COLLEGE PREPARATION AND APPLICATION

FRESHMAN YEAR:

Take an academic course pattern.

Be sure you are taking the correct courses for the college(s) of your choice.

Read extensively.

Find extracurricular activities and get involved.

Visit colleges, meet with representatives, attend college fairs.

Visit college websites.

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR:

Continue taking rigorous academic courses.

Be sure you are taking the correct courses for the college(s) of your choice.

Take the PSAT to practice for the SAT or the PACT for the ACT if offered.

Continue to explore college options. Look for factors such as size, location, program, and selectivity.               
Keep reading.

Explore summer program options, visit colleges.


JUNIOR YEAR:

Apply for a Social Security Number if you have not already done so.

Develop a list of appropriate colleges for you.

Be sure you are taking the correct courses for the college(s) of your choice.

Visit colleges, investigate scholarship and financial aid programs.

Write, e-mail, or visit web sites of colleges to request brochures and catalogs.

Continue extracurricular activities.

Take PSAT/NMSQT in October. National Merit Scholars are chosen only through this test.

Take 2 SAT II tests (Math and one more subject of your choice) in either May or June, a UC requirement.

Take ACT or SAT I in May or June.

Develop “brag sheets.”

Participate in summer programs, read, visit colleges.

Investigate scholarships for next year.

 

SUMMER AFTER JUNIOR YEAR:

Visit college campuses and ask friends in college for their advice.

Request applications and brochures from your top colleges.

Get started on college and scholarship application essays by writing sample drafts.

Take some time out to prepare for SAT I/SAT II or ACT.


SEPTEMBER – SENIOR YEAR:

Register early for SAT I/ACT/SAT II.

Photocopy applications and begin to fill out first draft.

Be sure you are taking the correct courses for the college(s) of your choice.

Start working on your essays—have your English teacher read them.

Avoid Senioritis! Remain academically competitive.

Apply for scholarships.

Continue participation in extracurricular activities all year long.

Keep reading all year long.

Obtain dates for financial aid workshop offered at your school.


OCTOBER:

Begin sending CSS profile for private schools. Check the date it is due.

Take SAT I, II, or ACT.

If you need a letter of recommendation, make an appointment with the counselor in the Counseling Office.

Begin filling out UC and/or CSU applications.

Many college representatives will be at your school in the College/Career Center.

Visit Counseling Office or Career Center for senior forms; college recommendation and scholarship    applications.

Apply for scholarships.

CSU application period is October 1–November 30. Be sure and check specific school deadlines.

Select teachers you will ask to write letters of recommendation.


NOVEMBER:

Take SAT I OR SAT II.

UC applications must be submitted between November 1-30.

Apply for scholarships.

Have parents file tax returns early for financial aid applications.

Ask politely for teacher recommendations—remember stamped and addressed envelopes.


DECEMBER:

Last time to take SAT I, ACT, or SAT II for UC’s.

Remember—UC’s need 2 SAT II’s—math and a second one of your choice.

Pick up financial aid applications (FAFSA). Mail them between January 1–March 2.

Check for scholarships.

Attend Financial Aid workshop if offered.

JANUARY:

File FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.

UC deadline for scholarships is this month.

Bring midyear report forms to Counseling Office.

If your college wants fall grades, request them from the Registrar.

Continue to check for scholarships.

Check private schools financial aid deadlines.

Get GPA verification for Cal Grants.

 

FEBRUARY:

Check that colleges have received all materials: Application, test scores (sent by ETS), financial aid form.

Carefully read all information from colleges.

Continue to check for scholarships.

File FAFSA information.

Get GPA verification for Cal Grants.

If you change your class schedule from what you stated on the college application, inform every college.


MARCH:

UC decisions will be mailed this month.

If colleges request additional information, send it to them immediately.

Register for AP exams.

Register for CSU placement tests.

If you are accepted to a college, let your counselor know.

APRIL:

All colleges should have responded by now.

Decide where you wish to go. Make final visits if you are still unsure—see a counselor with questions.

Financial aid offers will begin to arrive.

Avoid senioritis—hang in there!

 

MAY:

AP exams.

Make final decision—send deposit and “Statement of Intent to Register” by May 1.

Fill out housing forms (some schools ask for it earlier).

Write letter to colleges you will not attend—let them know you will be attending elsewhere.

Subject A test for UC bound students.


JUNE:

Graduation.

Order final transcript to be sent to the college you will attend.

Make sure you have responded to all requests by your college.

Remember to thank everyone who helped you this year.

Thank your counselor.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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