College Planning Timelines

9th Grade

  • Set your GPA
  • Join a club or sport for 4 years
  • Start volunteering
  • Start drafting your resume
  • Start reading/researching

10th Grade

  • Maintain or raise your GPA
  • Be active in a few clubs or sports
  • Continue volunteering
  • Continue reading/researching
  • Take PSAT and PLAN (Oct)
  • Take SAT Subject Tests for AP classes (May)
  • Update your resume
  • Do something interesting during summer
  • Do your test prep in summer before 11th

11th Grade

  • Schedule/take all SAT/ACT
  • Identify two target teachers for rec letters
  • Begin to think about leadership in HS
  • Go on campus visits
  • Finalize college list (10 max!)
  • Attend college rep visits and College Fair
  • Continue volunteering, activities, reading
  • Ask target teachers for rec letters (May)
  • Finalize your resume
  • Do something brainy in summer
  • Write all essays in summer before 12th

12th Grade

  • Give rec writers your college list and resume
  • Try to do some leadership
  • Edit all essays
  • Attend college rep visits and College Fair
  • College interviews
  • Send test scores and transcripts to colleges
  • Apply to colleges
  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships
  • Fight to get off of the waitlist
  • Decide where to go to college!

Detailed monthly planning timelines:

Grade 12

 

Grade 11

 

Grade 10

 

Grade 9

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