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Planning Calendar

Freshman Year | Sophomore Year | Junior Year | Senior Year

Freshman Year

  • Study hard and get good grades
  • Take challenging courses
  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities, sports, volunteer work, or community service
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your plans for the next four years
  • Research career possibilities
  • Start saving for college
  • Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio

Sophomore Year

  • Study hard and get good grades
  • Take challenging courses
  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities, sports, volunteer work, or community service
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your plans for the next four years
  • Research career possibilities
  • Start saving for college
  • Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio

September

  • Register for the PLAN
  • Talk to your guidance counselor about taking the PSAT

October

  • Take the PLAN

December

  • Receive PLAN results and review with your guidance counselor
  • Explore ways to improve on future tests

Summer

  • Work on test preparation by taking practice tests, taking a test prep course, or by using computer software

Junior Year

August

  • Review your high school coursework with your guidance counselor
  • Continue to take challenging courses
  • Make the commitment to maintain or improve your GPA

September

  • Register for the October PSAT after discussing it with your guidance counselor
  • Identify sources of college and career information
  • Start looking through publications, college catalogs, and guidebooks
  • Put together a list of 10 colleges that interest you (plan on applying to 3-6 schools)
  • Prepare for the PSAT
  • Obtain dates and locations of local college fairs and financial aid meetings

October

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid events
  • Continue to gather information about schools that interest you
  • Meet with college reps at school

November

  • Start researching your options for grants, scholarships, and work-study programs

December

  • Receive results of the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Review results with your guidance counselor

January

  • Plan a challenging schedule of classes for your senior year
  • Attend the Junior College Night meeting with your parents at MRH High School
  • Continue to gather information about specific colleges of interest to you
  • Get a Social Security Number if you don’t already have one

February

  • ACT registration for April test
  • SAT I registration for April test (if applicable)

March

  • Possibly plan to visit some colleges over spring break while they are in session
  • Continue to research scholarship sources
  • Request admission literature from colleges on your list

April

  • Take ACT
  • Take SAT I (if applicable)
  • Look into summer jobs or apply for summer enrichment programs
  • Begin preparing essays for college admissions and scholarship applications
  • Visit colleges on your list

May

  • ACT registration
  • SAT I registration (if applicable)
  • Attend a spring college fair
  • Visit colleges on your list
  • Take AP tests

June

  • Take ACT
  • Take SAT I (if applicable)
  • If you work, save money for college
  • Visit colleges on your list
  • Continue to gather information about scholarships

Senior Year

ALL COLLEGE ADMISSION MATERIALS WILL BE COLLECTED AND SENT BY THE GUIDANCE OFFICE IN ONE LARGE ENVELOPE

August

  • Talk to your guidance counselor about your final list of colleges (3-6)
  • Request all applications required for admission, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Finalize your schedule of courses to meet graduation requirements and college admission

September

  • ACT registration (October test)
  • SAT I registration (if applicable for October test)
  • Request all applications required for admission, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Meet with admission representatives at school
  • Mark your calendar with test dates, registration deadlines, and application deadlines
  • Ask teachers, counselors, coaches, and employers for letters of recommendation
  • Request an application fee waiver from your guidance counselor
  • Visit colleges and set up interviews
  • Complete NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse form for Division I and II schools

October

  • Take ACT
  • Take the SAT I (if applicable)
  • Work on admission applications and college essays
  • Send in EARLY DECISION application materials
  • Register for the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE if applicable
  • Follow up on letters of recommendation

November

  • Submit all applications, essays, and recommendations to guidance counselor for mailing
  • ACT registration (for December test)
  • SAT I registration (if applicable for December test)
  • Check that all test scores have been sent to schools
  • Obtain a FAFSA form from guidance office

 December

  • Men 18 years old or older register for the draft
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Parents: save year-end payroll stub showing earnings for the year for financial aid review

January

  • Submit completed FAFSA (after January 1)
  • Keep copies
  • Parents: Prepare income tax returns early for financial aid review

February

  • Student Aid Report (SAR) arrives (4 weeks after submitting)
  • Complete scholarship applications
  • Contact financial aid offices to make certain your paperwork is complete

March

  • Visit colleges (if applicable)
  • Keep studying!

April

  • College acceptances and financial aid awards arrive
  • Decide on the one college that you will attend
  • Notify guidance counselor of your choice
  • Send in necessary forms and deposits by May 1 (postmarked by)
  • Notify schools not attending

May

  • AP exams (if applicable)
  • Request AP scores sent to college
  • Notify college of any private scholarships or grants received

June

  • Request of guidance counselor that final transcript be sent
  • Continue to save money for college expenses