Timeline for College Planning
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- 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. By reading many different styles, you will get the best preparation for the SAT verbal section
- 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.
- Register for and take the PLAN test.
- Attend annual fall college fairs and visits. Start to explore continuing education.
- Think about your interests and how they relate to career options.
- Take the SKILLS exercise (an assessment tool) in the Career Center with your social studies or IHS class. this is part of Sophomore Project.
- Target major activities. Aim for leadership positions, if appropriate. Keep a record of awards and events.
- Have a sophomore interview in the Spring in the Career Center or with a Counselor.
- Plan your junior year carefully.
- Attend South & Beyond night for Sophomores.
- Take the Practice SAT given by the Career Center.
- Take AP and/or SAT II tests in the same year as those classes.
- Begin visiting colleges, gathering information. Pick up visit evaluation forms in the Career Center.
- In early spring, plan interesting summer work, community service, travel & educational programs.
- Complete your Junior Project in the Career Center.
- Continue a limited number of extracurricular or community service involvements in which you might assume leadership roles.
- Prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall.
- Attend annual College Fairs in Eugene and Portland, and Career Center College Visits in the fall.
- Attend South & Beyond programs, especially Junior Night.
- Schedule your Junior interview with your counselor; plan your Senior year very carefully.
- Investigate college costs, options for financial aid, scholarships. Use Career Center resources.
- Start narrowing your college list based on preferences for program of study, career, size, location etc.
- Write for college catalogues, view books, financial aid info, or check them out in the Career Center.
- Continue College visits.
- Take appropriate tests: SAT”s- I& II’s, ACT, AP, IB, in the spring.
- Make plans for getting teacher recommendations.
- Plan meaningful summer activities.
- Pick up your Senior Planning Guide in the Spring.
- Create a file with academic history, resume, activities, etc.
- Get organized; develop a timeline with dates for tests, application deadlines, etc.
- Sign up for your Senior Interview with your counselor.
- Explore you post high school choices in the Career Center, using computers/CIS, college guidebooks, and catalogues.
- Pick up counselors’ college recommendation packet from Melinda from the Counseling Center.
- Ask teachers for letters of recommendation; provide them with personal information.
- Take your school work seriously; it counts!
- Take or retake college entrance exams: SAT and/or ACT. Register on-line or pick up registration booklet in the Career Center.
- Attend college representative visits in the Career Center. Check the posted visit schedule (bulletin boards and website) often as it updated often.
- Begin applications; watch Counseling Center deadlines.
- Attend College Fairs at LCC and in Portland.
- Attend Senior Night for information about Oregon University System. Meet representatives.
- Check Scholarship postings on Career Center bulletin board and website, and do scholarship search on computers in the Career Center.
- Register for PROFILE, if necessary. (Required by many independent schools)
- Attend Financial Aid Night. (December each year)
- File FAFSA anytime after January 1.
- Finish applications; watch deadlines.
- Mail semester grades.
- Maintain academics.
- Check and apply for scholarships
- Register and or apply to two-year and technical colleges.
- Expect to hear from colleges by the first week of April.
- Maintain academics!
- Check and apply for scholarships
- Respond to colleges by May 1.
- Notify Career Center of your choice of college and any scholarships received
- Thank teachers, counselors, and others who helped with application process.
- Arrange for final transcripts to be sent to your college