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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

  • 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 of sources and materials 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.
  • Take your grades seriously. Freshman year counts!
  • Use the library and  computer lab. Visit the Career Center and familiarize yourself with its resources for planning your future.
  • Join or start a club. Try new extracurricular activities; it's a great time to explore.
  • Keep your attendance record up and your behavior record clean.
  • Explore some community service activities. Not only does this help out your community, it also builds your resume.
  • Attend Freshman/Sophomore Night in December.
  • Make sure you complete your Freshman Project in the Career Center.
  • Visit college campuses when family vacations take you near them.
  • Begin having open and honest discussions with your parents about college financing.
  • Review your curriculum plan in the spring. Ensure that your scheduling requests for sophomore year meet your career/education goals.
  • Use your summer well: volunteer, work, travel, develop new skills, read.

Sophomore Year

  • Stay focused on your schoolwork.
  • Consider your interests and how they relate to possible career options.
  • Continue to visit colleges when your travels take you near them. Learn what your preferences are.
  • Involve yourself in meaningful community service.
  • Attend Freshman/Sophomore Night in December.
  • Use the Career Center resources to research post-high school opportunities.
  • Track your activities on the back of your CRLS folder. You will need the information later for scholarship, college, and job applications.
  • Take the PSAT on testing day in October, then review results in January. Use results to focus on areas to improve and to prepare for the SAT.
  • Complete your Sophomore Project in the Career Center by February/March.
  • Attend your Sophomore Interview in the Career Center in the spring.
  • Consider applying for the National Honor Society in March. It requires a 3.6 GPA, evidence of community service, and leadership experience.
  • Take AP/SAT II tests in the spring of the same year you take those classes.
  • Plan  junior year courses carefully. College entrance requirements may differ from high school graduation requirements. Also, some courses required for the CAM project may need to be taken in junior year.
  • 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 in October if competing for a National Merit Scholarship.
  • Continue to participate in 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 during the fall.
  • Complete your Junior Project. Use CIS and Naviance for college research, and schedule your Junior Interview.
  • Save all career and college planning information in a file at home to stay organized during your senior year.
  • Take the SAT or ACT in the winter/spring.
  • Take AP, IB and/or SAT II tests in the spring of the same year you take those classes.
  • Visit college campuses during spring and summer breaks.
  • 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

  • Use your SEHS Senior Planning Timeline to guide you through 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. Ask thoughtful questions of the college reps.
  • Narrow your list of colleges to include '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 scholarship postings on the bulletin boards, in the Career Center scholarship box, and on the CC website.
  • Update colleges with your grades after applying. Colleges may rescind application if grades drop.
  • Write thank-you notes to those who wrote recommendations or otherwise supported you.
  • Choose your college; notify all schools that accepted you. Send deposits and final transcripts.
  • Notify Career Center of your choice of college and any scholarships received.