College Planning Timeline
College Planning – IG-1
- Plan your extracurricular activities and pick the right mix of classes.
- Make the effort to get involved in school activities and join groups, clubs, or teams that interest you. These activities are fun and make you a well-rounded student.
- Get off to a good start with your grades because they will impact your grades as they really do count toward college admission and scholarships.
- Explore your interests and possible careers and discuss your skills and interests with your guidance counsellor.
- Keep track of all your achievements and events that you participated in as it will come in handy when you will fill out the college applications and build your resume.
- It’s a good idea to take a PSAT at this stage as this will prepare you for the real test next year and will give you time to work on your weak areas
College Planning – IG-2
- Keep up the participation in various extracurricular and community service activities but make sure you keep a track of your grades too.
- This is a good time to begin learning about the college admissions process and about general college entrance requirements
- Read up on potential careers options according to your interest and learn about the work profile, education, and training necessary for each occupation.
- Work on your reading and writing skills and read the newspaper everyday to learn about current affairs
- Attend college fairs
- Take the first attempt of SAT
College Planning – DP-1
- Prepare for standardized tests and find out if the colleges you are interested in require the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests.
- Register for and take the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests as necessary. Be sure you have requested (either by mail or online) that your test scores be sent to the colleges of your choice. You can take them in the winter or early next year. You can take them again in the beginning of your senior year if you’re unhappy with your scores.
- Stay on track with your classes and grades. Even if your grades haven’t been that good so far, it’s never too late to improve. Colleges like to see an upward trend.
- This is the time to start working on your resume and SOP and keep it ready
- Narrow down your choices and make a list of colleges that interest you.
- Attend college fairs and try to get as much information about the college options for your potential career choice.
- Have a discussion with your parents/ guardian about the colleges you’re interested in. They will learn about what you want to pursue and offer any concerns or suggestions that they might have.
- Plan a calendar for taking your standardized tests and make a separate folder for each college you are planning to apply to so all correspondence is handy for quick reference.
College Planning – DP-2
- Get in touch with your teachers and guidance counsellor for writing your recommendation letters. Consider whom you want to ask now and let them know so they will have enough time to prepare. Letters of recommendation from a coach, activity leader, or adult who knows you well outside of school are also valuable.
- Start working on your college application essays. Compose rough drafts of the essays and have a teacher/counsellor read and discuss them with you so you can see what to work on. Write and rewrite till you are satisfied that it reflects your thinking well and brings out your unique personality traits.
- Visit university fairs with your parents and visit campuses if possible and finalize your college list
- It’s important to stay focused on getting good grades in your classes and keep your commitment to extracurricular activities.
- Finalize portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talent if required for admission.
- Finish the application forms for the colleges you’re interested in. Make sure you and your school’s guidance office have sent all necessary materials, including test scores, recommendations, transcripts, and application essays and keep track of the deadlines.