Preparation Guidelines

To help you prepare for college we have listed a brief timeline for high school students to use as a general guide before applying to college.

10th Grade

  • Prepare for the PSAT/SAT/ACT.
  • Get on college mailing lists.
  • Spend the summer after your sophomore year visiting some colleges.
  • Keep a college journal to record facts and impressions of each college you visit.
  • Determine the five qualities you most desire in a college.

11th Grade

  • Take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT.
  • Keep your grades up. Colleges place a heavy emphasis on junior year grades.
  • Meet with admissions counselors when they visit your high school.
  • Visit colleges you are interested in. Request an application packet and ask to be on their mailing list.
  • Attend open houses or preview events.

12th Grade

September through December

  • Take the SAT or ACT again.
  • Schedule your own visit or take advantage of the open houses at colleges where you plan to apply.
  • Fill out applications and send them in. Be sure to follow each school's directions and be aware of their deadline.

January

  • Complete and send FAFSA forms. These forms must be mailed BEFORE June 30 to qualify for state aid. However, we recommend an earlier date of March 15.

February through May

  • If you have been accepted at more than one school, you should notify ALL of the colleges of your decision.
  • Let your college know you've chosen them. You will need to send in the reply form with a monetary deposit, and your signed financial aid award letter.