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Time Line to College

FreshmanYear

*Classes:Request a list of approved classes from the counseling office of classes thatmeet

               requirements for 4-year college, university, community and technical school.

* Make aplan: Have your counselor create an academic plan for each of the four years ofhigh

               school….even if you are not sure yet of what career you want.

* Whatsuccess looks like: Set personal goals for grades and academic achievement.Identify

               where you can get help with tutoring if needed.

*Extracurricular Activities: Find out about sports, music, drama, clubs andother activities the

               school offers. This enriches you and is an asset in college admissions.

* CommunityService: Volunteering also enriches you, provides new experiences, and can help

               satisfy some college entrance requirements. Charitable organizations websitesprovide

               information of what and how you can help.

SophomoreYear

* Classes:Make an appointment with your counselor to review your progress towards your

               goals.  Are the classes you have selected helping you towards college?

* TimeManagement: Set up a weekly schedule that balances classes and activities.Computer

               software or a calendar in your room can help you keep track.

* AdvancedPlacement: Ask your counselor if these classes are right for you. If so, theycan raise

               your GPA and earn college credit. They require more work, but can make adifference.

* Summer:Talk to your counselor about summer classes – if they are available. They can

               improve a failing grade, improve a grade, or get a future class out of the way.

JuniorYear   (This is a critical year for most students)

* Classes:Once more, review your academic goals with your counselor.

* PSAT: Signup for and take the PSAT. They are given in October, and scores are sentto you

               in December. They cover reading, math, and writing, and prepare you for theSAT..

* ReviewScores: Sit down with your parents and counselor and see where you could dobetter.

               Take a SAT preparation class if possible to prepare you for the spring SAT, ACTor AP tests. Late winter and early spring are best times to begin to preparefor the SAT.

* CollegeVisits: There is no formula for how many schools to visit. Colleges offertours, but sometimes it is useful to visit on your own and talk tostudents about classes and school life.

SeniorYear  (monthby month)

*September:

               Classes: Have your counselor check that all your class meet collegerequirements.

               College Applications: Visit websites of schools you are interested in todetermine their

                deadlineand requirements.

               Essay: Visit college website to see what they want in application essays.

               Recommendations: Identify teachers and others to write you a strongrecommendation.

*October:

               Essay:  Complete, edit and proofread several times. Have other people dothe same.

               Scholarships: Begin submitting scholarships now.

*November:

               Applications: UC and CSU deadlines are this month, as well as many othercolleges.

               Recommendations: Send in these letters. Some schools have their own form touse.

               Financial Aid: Review your FAFSA application. Obtain PINS from pin.ed.gov.

               Athletes: To play at the college level you must have NCAA certification. SeeNCAA.org

                               for details.

               SAT/ACT: This is the last month to take these tests for CSU admission.

*December:

               Applications: Many private colleges have their deadline this month.

               Financial Aid: Complete the FASA and prepare to submit in January.

               SAT/ACT: This is the last month to take these tests for UC admission.

* January:

               AP Exams: Register with your school’s test coordinator.

               Financial Aid: Complete FAFSA.  File between January 1 and March 1.

               Transcripts: If required, send 7th semester transcripts to colleges

               ELM/EPT: If entering CSU, apply now for Entry Level Math (ELM) or English

              PlacementTest (EPT).  Your SAT/ACT score may exempt you.

*February: Community Colleges: Applications begin this month

                         Housing:  Reviewcampus guidelines to reserve your housing.

* March: Financial Aid: Review financial aidpackages offered by the accepting schools.

* April:  Decision Time: Send in your“Intent to Register” forms to your selected school,

                               and decline offers from any others. Deadline is May 1.

                  Community Colleges:  Register for summer classes.

* May:   AP Tests: Tests areoffered this month.

* June: Graduation.  Good luck incollege

* May:   AP Tests: Tests areoffered this month.

* June: Graduation.  Good luck incollege

ATTENTION: Seniors andJuniors

     October 2014

Colleges on Campus

sign-ups in Student Success Center (room 100) starting 10-2-14 ATLUNCH AND AFTER-SCHOOL

14thFDIM Diana Robles – lunch arbor table display 11:39- 12:09

★15thBrownUniversity – Louis Trujillo – 9:00 – 10:30  meeting place (back oflibrary)

20thUniversity of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute– table at lunch time

20thConcordia University – Irvine, Nathan Araya - Table at lunch 

22th– UC Santa Barbara – Anne Johnson admission counselor, 9:30 – 10:00 –(back of library)