To-Do Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Attend college presentations
  • Research colleges
  • Start your resume of your high school career: activities, community service, challenging courses, internships/summer jobs, awards/honors/achievements, etc.

Sophomore Year

  • Attend college presentations
  • Research colleges
  • Take the PSAT (if your high school offers it for free)
  • Update your resume

Junior Year – Fall Semester

  • Attend college presentations
  • Take the PSAT
  • Decide on Top 5 Colleges
  • Make a list of teachers/mentors/coaches that you can ask for a letter of recommendation from

Junior Year – Spring Semester

  • Take the SAT or ACT test and retest if needed before August
  • College trips to your Top 5 colleges
  • Find out what essays are required for your colleges & write them
  • Update resume
  • Ask for letters of recommendation (2-3 recommended)
  • Create your FSA ID for the student and 1 parent (SAVE THIS INFO)
  • Take TSI if going to college in Texas

Senior Year – Fall Semester

  • Apply to college
  • Request high school transcripts
  • Send SAT/ACT scores to colleges
  • Apply for Financial Aid (opens Oct. 1)
  • Apply for Scholarships
  • Update resume
  • Apply for housing once accepted to college

Senior Year – Spring Semester

  • Apply for scholarships
  • Decide on final college
  • Sign up for orientation
  • Get the 2nd Bacterial Meningitis shot and send the record to the college of your choice
  • Send TSI scores to the college of your choice