College Planning Timeline

  • Getting Organized: A College planning Timeline

    The general calendar outline below will assist you in making your own calendar of important dates.

    November Through June (Junior Year)

    • Begin researching colleges, visiting schools, and obtaining information
    • Establish a "Colleges I’m Thinking About" list in Naviance
    • Meet with your counselor for a post high school planning conference, include your parents
    • Begin taking standardized tests (SAT/ACT/ Subject Tests)
    • Fill out Counselor Brag Sheet, provide to your counselor before the summer
    • Ask teachers to write recommendation letters, preferably before the summer
    • Attend a Spring College Fair visit:
    • Consider a summer enrichment program or internship

    Summer (Before Senior Year)

    • Continue visiting, gathering information
    • Continue to volunteer and stay involved, perhaps attend a summer program or internship
    • Narrow down your "Colleges I’m thinking about" (5-7 schools)
    • Move "Colleges I’m thinking about" to "Colleges I’m applying to" in Naviance
    • Register for account with the Common Application, ‐ after August 1
    • Request two teacher letters of recommendation electronically through Naviance

    Fall/Winter (Senior Year)

    • Complete Student Activity Sheet & Records Release form, turn into guidance
    • Complete Transcript Request Forms
    • Register for another SAT/ACT/Subject Test if needed
    • Release scores directly from and
    • Develop a chart with fees, deadlines, and all required documents needed for each school
    • Proofread and refine all college essays and resumes
    • Investigate scholarships
    • Continue to visit colleges and meet with College Representatives scheduled at STHS
    • Attend Financial Aid Night Presentation (Fall)
    • Find out if your college requires the CSS profile and make sure to meet deadlines
    • Maintain your grades, 1st quarter and midyear grades are often requested from colleges

    Winter/Spring (Senior Year)

    • Continue to research scholarships and apply
    • Complete the FAFSA starting October 1st (FAFSA completion night held at STHS in October)
    • Early decision candidates who get accepted should withdraw their applications from other schools
    • Review your acceptances and revisit campuses if necessary
    • Talk to your parents, counselor, teachers about making your final decision
    • Review financial aid packages thoroughly before deciding
    • Notify the college you plan to attend and send a deposit
    • Accept the financial aid award letter by following the instructions given by the college
    • Update your Naviance account with your acceptances & notify guidance where you plan to attend