General Information

College Preparation Timeline

Junior Year:


  • Begin your college planning with a self-evaluation: consider personality, interests, values, abilities & spiritual direction.
  • Talk  with your parents and teachers about college options and visit colleges if you are able to.
  • Begin driver education classes in the summer before your  junior year or work a part-time job to save money for college.
  • Consider running  for leadership positions in your school and clubs.  Leadership experience is valued by colleges & universities and can give you an advantage for college acceptance.
  • Start volunteering and log hours. (Many colleges require volunteer hours and experience for various programs)


  • Begin a college search (see websites listed in this packet for assistance in beginning your search)
  • Prepare for the SAT or ACT
    • Check the admissions requirements of the colleges of your top choices to know which test they accept (most accept either)
    • Look at both ACT & SAT prep material to determine which testing format is preferred by the TCK
    • Work on improving weak areas in the PSAT to prepare for the SAT or ACT
    • Register for the May or June SAT or ACT


  • Request more information and applications from colleges of interest.
  • Begin to narrow down college list.
  • Learn the admissions standards of colleges of interest

March - May:

  • Select difficult courses for high school senior year. (Now is not the time for Senioritis)
  • Take the SAT or ACT.


  • If home on itineration, make it a priority to visit college campuses.
  • Prepare a working list (resume) of your personal accomplishments, activities, and work/volunteer experience.
  • Prepare a personal essay of your life-long learning intentions and the reason for these goals.
Senior Year


  • Narrow down the list of colleges to at least 4-5.
  • Investigate scholarship opportunities.
  • Register online for the October & November SAT I & II or ACT.


  • Begin filling out applications, concentrating on essays. (Be aware of deadlines;  colleges vary.)
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teachers and others.
  • Have test scores sent to at least four or more colleges.


  • Parents and TCKs should discuss college financing strategies, such as work study, grants, parent plus loans, etc.


  • Complete applications to meet January 1 deadlines.
  • Keep copies of  all your applications.


  • Complete and submit college applications to meet February 1 deadlines.
  • Submit FASFA as soon as possible after January 1, but before the March 15 deadline. Keep copies of everything you send. (For more information about FAFSA, see page 12)
  • Continue scholarship searches.
  • Begin R.A.F.T. model for Reentry (see page 6 on the Junior/Senior Packet)


  • Most colleges notify students of admissions decisions during these months.
  • Make decisions between colleges that have accepted the student – weigh the annual cost of the college against  scholarships offered.
  • Respond by letter to those schools accepting or declining the offer.

May- June:

  • Graduate High School.
  • Prepare for the transition to college life away from parents.