• Make sure your schedule is filled with challenging and appropriate courses

  • Demonstrate leadership and responsibility in community and school

  • Begin a list of potential colleges and programs

  • Gather career information - job shadow or visit career fairs

  • Make the most out of your part-time job

  • Talk with college reps and ask them questions

  • Go to college fairs

  • Discuss testing plans with your counselor

  • Register, prepare for, and take the PSAT/NMSQT

  • Check out free scholarship searches

  • Make college visits

  • Begin to consider which teachers, moderators, or employers your might use if you need recommendations

  • Continue talking with your parents/guardians and your counselor about your plans



  • College-bound student-athletes (Divisions I & II) sign-up with NCAA Clearinghouse

  • Request information from colleges

  • Take advantage of college preview dates/visits

  • Research scholarship opportunities

  • Continue discussing college finances with parents/guardians


  • Continue campus visits as necessary

  • Look for summer job opportunities


  • Finalize summer plans (work, volunteer, class)

  • Continue to narrow down list of college choices

  • Plan any additional campus visits

  • Create an activities resume

  • Draft your scholarship essay

  • Volunteer (if you haven't started already)


  • Update resume

  • Visit college campuses (private colleges give application fee waivers)

  • Save summer earnings for college