College Counseling Timetable

Freshman Year
• Examine your likes, dislikes, interests and activities.
• Compile an initial list of your activities and accomplishments.
• Plan your four-year high-school curriculum, built around your interests and gaining in rigor towards the end.
• Visit colleges and their web pages.
• Semester grades for this year counts towards your GPA.
• Get involved in community service and co-curricular activities. Select one or two activities to continue throughout high school
• Read outside of school to increase your critical analysis.
• Spend part of the summer volunteering or try a summer school program offered by a university you are interested in.

Sophomore Year
• Take the PLAN (practice ACT exams) in October.
• Receive PLAN results in December, and review incorrect responses.
• Practice taking the PSAT.
• Visit colleges and their web pages.
• Visit college reps at school in the fall.
• Update the activities and interests you put on your initial list.
• Concentrate on your academic performance.
• Volunteer, and spend part of the summer at a summer school program offered by a university you are interested in.
• Discuss college and financing with your parents.
• Consider taking SAT Subject Tests in May or June.

Junior Year
• This is the last full year of grades to appear on the transcript sent to colleges. Make them good!
• Visit college’s reps at school in the fall.
• Take the PSAT
• Receive PSAT results in December and review incorrect responses.
• Attend College Night for Juniors and Parents.
• Visit colleges during spring break.
• Plan to take the SAT Reasoning, Subject Tests, and or/ACT in the spring.
• Set a spring meeting with the college counselor and your parents.
• Visit colleges and their websites.
• Build a list of colleges that seem interesting.
• Attend CAP (College Application Preparation Program) in the summer.
• Spend part of the summer volunteering or try a summer school program offered by a university you are interested in.
• Ask two teachers if they will prepare a recommendation for you when the time comes.

Senior Year
• August/September
• Complete and turn in a draft copy of the online Common Application
• Attend College Night for Seniors and Parents
• Register for the fall SAT Reasoning, Subject Tests and/or ACT Tests.
• Take September ACT test.
• Meet with college counselor.
• Share college essay(s) with counselor for suggestions and editing.
• Visit college’s reps at school, and at off-campus meetings.
• Finalize request for letters of recommendation from teachers, and give them required forms.
• Update your activities list.
• Plan and make final college visits, and interview if possible.
• Research scholarship and financial aid options.

October
• For early decision/action, submit required information to counselor.
• Prepare for fall standardized testing.
• Take SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests and/or ACT.
• Work on applications. Pay close attention to financial aid deadlines for ED/EA.
• Register for December SAT, if necessary.

November
• For Regular Decision admissions, submit required information to counselor.
• Complete UC and CSU applications by Nov. 30.
• Take SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests.

December
• Submit remaining information to counselor to finalize college application list.
• Take SAT Reason in, Subjects Tests and/or ACT.
• Receive Early Decision/Action notification; if applicable withdraw other applications and mail deposit.
• Finish applications.

January
• First semester grades are sent to colleges (if required).
• Continue high level of effort and commitment to your academics – avoid senioritis.
• Complete final SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests.
• File FAFSA, CSS Profile (f required) and other financial aid paperwork as soon as possible. Check college websites to determine if additional aid information is required.

February – April
• Check email and mail for college communications regarding missing items or additional requests for information.
• Prepare for admission decisions.
• Visit colleges to finalize decisions.

May
• Submit your decision and deposit to your college of choice by May 1.
• Discuss wait-list offers with counselor, if applicable.
• Notify colleges that you do not plan on attending.
• Notify counselor of your final decision.

June
• Celebrate your success with graduation.
• Final transcript will be sent to your college of choice.