Yearly College Planning Calendar
- Construct a daily time management calendar
- Focus on doing your best in each class
- Select a strong college prep curriculum for high school
- Select challenging courses and strive for your personal best
- Continue to work on daily time management
- Investigate and participate in extracurricular opportunities inside and/or outside of school
- Begin learning college admissions information – read articles, talk to friends/parents about their college experience, visit colleges when travelling, etc.
- Investigate summer enrichment programs
- Begin a resume and update as you complete activities
- Maintain good study habits and good grades in classes
- Maintain involvement in extracurricular activities and investigate leadership roles
- Register for rigorous college prep courses for the junior year
- Look for summer volunteer opportunities
- Include college visits when traveling, or utilize up to 2 school day approved absences for college visits. Check college website for daily visit/tour options. A note from the college visited must be submitted upon return.
- Participate fully in your College Readiness class! This will lay the groundwork for all college testing, selection, and applications to come in the next two years.
- Prepare for the PSAT and Practice ACT and use results to guide you in preparation for the SAT & ACT to be taken in junior year
- Become familiar with general college entrance requirements
- Begin researching colleges and building a potential college list
JUNIOR: Do ALL of above PLUS:
- Attend fall College Fairs; note the “College That Change Lives” meeting in August
- Check the Meridian website for announcements regarding college visit opportunities and attend sessions of colleges and universities of interest
- Keep a list of college representatives’ names
- Create files for college information
- Take PSAT in October
- Use holiday breaks to work on practice ACT & SAT materials
- Use PSAT and Practice ACT results to assess weaknesses and strengths before spring testing; also compare your scores to desired college admission requirements
- Register for spring ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests (if needed-check individual college admission policies for details)
- Choose senior courses with a strong college prep program in mind
- Use student holidays to make college visits, or use up to 4 approved college visit days to visit on school days. A note from the college visited must be submitted upon return.
- Seek summer job during spring break
- Review practice ACT and SAT materials two or three times a week
- Take ACT and SAT (also SAT Subject Tests if needed)
- Attend spring NACAC College Fair in Austin; register in advance at www.gotomyncf.com
- Start to identify junior teachers whom you will ask for letters of recommendations
- Begin looking at college application materials online (Common App opens August 1; ApplyTexas opens July 1)
- Attend Colleges That Change Lives presentation to continue college research
- Make a calendar to keep up with admissions, housing, scholarship, and financial aid deadlines
- Update resume to be ready to submit with college applications
- Attend Senior Conference with your counselor; check credits to be sure everything is in line for IB Diploma and graduation
- Register for fall ACT, SAT and SAT II if you want to retest from spring
- Watch for scholarship announcements
- Attend college representatives’ presentations at the high school or evening sessions offered locally
- Continue working on essays and find someone to proof and to give feedback
- Continue working on applications
- Order transcripts as necessary
- Pay close attention to updates emailed/announced from your counselor
- Spend time on weekends reviewing SAT or ACT practice materials if retesting
- Attend Financial Aid Information night with your parents
- Attend College Fair(s)
- Keep up-to-date on scholarship opportunities
- Keep working on applications
- Double check all application deadlines for your colleges
- Be sure to review practice test items for any October testing
- Give teachers, counselors, and other adults necessary recommendation forms
(and attach a resume)
- Make a college visit on a student holiday, or utilize up to 4 approved college visit days. A note from the college visited must be submitted upon return.
- FALL BREAK: A great time to work on applications!
- Finish applications with final essays
- Double check on recommendations, transcripts and deadlines
- Write thank you notes to people writing recommendations
- Write a thank you to any college rep who has been especially helpful
- Regularly check scholarship listings
- Celebrate at Thanksgiving break (and give THANKS) that you finished all your apps before December 1!!!!!
- Study early for exams to avoid last minute cramming (good practice for college)
- Remember that these first semester senior grades will be seen by most colleges
- Submit mid-year report transcript requests to the registrar
- Complete scholarship forms on winter break
- Have some fun over the holidays!
- Check on ordering graduation announcements, cap, gown, etc.
- Assist parents, as needed, with FAFSA
- Check to be sure all necessary Mid-Year Reports have been submitted
- Continue working on scholarship applications
- Check on any senior events that require $$$$ deposits
- Take final college visit(s), if needed (max 4 excused college visits days for the year). A note from the college visited must be submitted upon return.
- Work over spring break for extra cash or start looking for a summer job - or enjoy the Senior Trip!
- Receive final letters from colleges. Focus on your successes!
- Have a talk with parents regarding college choice and financial aid offers, and
come to a final decision
- Respond, in writing, by May 1st to all colleges with accept or regret
- Be sure to check that all necessary tuition and housing deposits were made
- Prepare for IB exams
- Order final transcript for final choice college
- Take IB exams and final exams
- Be sure you have signed up for summer college freshman orientation session
- Wear T-shirt and carry around plastic cup of chosen college and develop allegiance to new school community!
- Write your parents a thank you note for the first 18 years!! (And your teachers!)
- Thoroughly enjoy graduation and all accompanying activities!!