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High School Timeline for College Planning

Timeline for College Planning

Every Year | Freshmen Year | Sophomore Year | Junior Year | Senior Year

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Every Year

  • Maintain a four-year plan for high school classes.
  • Do your best in all class work; establish and maintain strong study habits and time management skills.
  • Participate in student/parent career planning opportunities.
  • Develop a reading plan that includes newspapers, magazines and books. Reading a variety and a lot helps prepare you for the SAT and ACT reading sections and for college application essays.

Freshmen Year

  • Enjoy school! This is a place where you are developing as a student and a person.
  • Use the library and Computer lab. Visit the Career Center.
  • Pursue extracurricular activities. Join or start a club.
  • Evaluate your college-financing plan.
  • In the spring, review your curriculum plan. Ensure that your scheduling requests for sophomore year meet your career/education goals.

Sophomore Year

  • Stay focused on your schoolwork.
  • Think about your interests and how they relate to career options.
  • Attend college fairs and college visits when possible.
  • Complete your Sophomore Project in the Career Center.
  • Attend Freshman/Sophomore Night in December.
  • Continue to visit colleges whenever your family travels take you near them. Learn what your preferences are.
  • Research post-high school opportunities. Use the Career Center programs, reference books, and college and career guides.
  • Keep track of your activities on the "Activity Record" in your CRLS folder. You will need the information later for scholarship, college, and job applications.
  • Involve yourself in meaningful community service.
  • Attend your Sophomore Interview in the Career Center in the spring.
  • Plan your junior year courses carefully. Note: College entrance requirements may be different from high school graduation requirements.
  • Take AP and/or SAT II tests in the spring of the same year that you take those classes.
  • Plan interesting summer activities including new learning opportunities, volunteering, work, and plenty of reading.

Junior Year

  • Investigate college costs and options for financial aid and scholarships. Attend Financial Aid night in September.
  • Take the PSAT on Testing Day in October.
  • Continue to participate in a limited number of extracurricular and community service activities that reflect your academic, personal, and career choices.
  • Attend Junior/Senior Night in October.
  • Attend college fairs in Eugene or Portland and college visits in the Career Center in the fall.
  • Complete your Junior Project. Use CIS and Naviance for college research.
  • Keep a file at home to organize and save all your career and college planning information. It will help you during your senior year.
  • Schedule your Junior interview after completing your Junior Project.
  • Take the SAT or ACT in the winter/spring of your junior year.
  • Visit college campuses during spring break and summer.
  • Take the AP, IB and/or SAT II tests in the spring of the same year you take those classes.
  • Begin identifying teachers from whom to request recommendations next year.
  • Plan your Senior Project; you should work on it during the summer.
  • Use your summer wisely. Try some pre-writes for college essays.

Senior Year

  • Consult your SEHS Senior Planning Timeline for help guiding you through your post-high school planning.
  • Get organized; develop a timeline with dates for tests, application deadlines, etc.
  • Attend Financial Aid night in September.
  • Complete the FAFSA in October. Check college websites to see if your schools also require the CSS Profile.
  • Male students must register at age 18 for the Selective Service before submitting the FAFSA.
  • Sign up for your Senior Interview.
  • Complete your Senior Project early.
  • Take or retake the SAT or ACT in the fall.
  • Attend Junior/Senior night in October.
  • Attend college visits in the Career Center during fall. Check the visit schedule (posted on bulletin boards and website) for updates often.
  • Narrow your list of colleges and be sure to include a range of 'Reach,' 'Probable,' and 'Safety' schools.
  • Arrange with teachers for letters of recommendation at least two weeks before you need them.
  • Complete applications and essays. Request transcripts.
  • Keep your Naviance account current.
  • Regularly check the Career Center scholarship postings on the bulletin boards, in the scholarship box, and on the CC website.
  • Update colleges with your grades after applying.
  • Write thank-you notes to those who wrote recommendations and otherwise supported you.
  • Make college decision; notify all schools that accepted you. Send deposits.
  • Notify Career Center of your choice of college and any scholarships received.