FRESHMAN

  • Visit the resources on campus—Library, Counseling Office, College Center
  • Establish strong study habits and time management techniques
  • Become involved in extracurricular activities; join sports and clubs; community service
  • Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing your reading
  • Find a tutor or a friend, if you need help
  • Meet your counselor and start thinking about classes you might want to take while at SVHS

 

SOPHOMORE

August – September

  • Concentrate on academic preparation and continue to develop basic skills and extracurricular interests
  • Take challenging classes, when appropriate
  • Sign up for extracurricular activities, community service

 

October

  • Take the PSAT

 

November-January

  • Receive and review results from PSAT in December
  • Develop learning strategies/plan for taking SAT and/or ACT in junior year

 

February-March

  • Keep your grades up
  • Plan your junior year class schedule

 

April-May

  • Attend College Fairs
  • Sign up for a prep course for SAT or ACT in summer
  • Plan your testing calendar for junior year
  • Consider taking Subject Tests if appropriate

 

JUNIOR

August – September

  • Visit College Center
  • Sign up for College Rep visits on Naviance Family connection
  • Continue with extracurricular activities
  • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center by end of junior year if you want to play competitive sports in college

 

October – November

  • Take the PSAT
  • Have your counselor evaluate your records for college preparation
  • Make sure you are meeting the “a–g” course requirements for UC/CSU
  • Plan testing timeline for Spring
  • Continue attending College Rep visits

 

December

  • Review PSAT scores
  • Sign up for ACT/SAT/Subject Tests for Spring dates

 

January

  • Continue to keep your grades up
  • Register for the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT (based on what your target schools require)

 

February – March

  • Make a list of your top 15 colleges and begin investigating them
  • Plan college campus visits for your spring break
  • Explore careers/majors more in depth—visit College Center
  • Complete a college search on Naviance
  • Sign up for Senior year classes
  • Make summer plans; job, travel, college class

 

April – May

  • Visit colleges over Spring Break
  • Continue to investigate college choices
  • Take SAT or ACT
  • Attend the College Fair in May at Sonoma State
  • Sign up for and take AP exams in May
  • Begin drafting resume to help with filling out college applications
  • Ask teachers for a letter of recommendation, if needed

 

May – August

  • Continue to collect information on your top colleges, majors, and career choices
  • Consider taking summer classes
  • Brainstorm ideas for writing college personal statement—draft statement
  • Discuss college finances with parents
  • Develop art/music/drama portfolio, if appropriate
  • Review your SAT or ACT scores; consider testing in Fall
  • Visit more colleges during the summer

 

SENIOR

August

  • Meet with parents to discuss college finances and any other help you need
  • Register for any additional testing and send scores to schools you are sure you will apply to
  • Check transcripts to make sure they are complete and there are no errors
  • Complete your resume (helps teachers with recommendations, and you with applications)
  • Brainstorm and draft essays
  • Begin searching for scholarships
  • UC and Common Application available August 1

 

September

  • Create accounts on college admissions websites
  • List colleges on Naviance “Colleges I am Applying to”
  • Request letters from teachers and counselor on Naviance
  • Prepare list of colleges for your teacher recommenders
  • Request transcripts on Naviance
  • Attend college visits of schools you are interested in, at SVHS or regionally
  • Create a separate email account for all college info—check it daily

 

October

  • CSU application available October 1
  • Complete essays for early decision/early action
  • Complete any rolling admission, early action, or early decision applications

 

November

  • Continue working on all applications/essays
  • Register for CSS profile (for financial aid at private schools)
  • Send SAT or ACT test scores to all schools that need them
  • Complete UC application early – do not wait until end of November, and keep a hard copy
  • UC and CSU application submission deadline is November 30

 

December

  • Continue working on essays/applications for private schools or scholarships
  • Send applications as they are due, keep hard copy of all; re-check deadlines
  • Complete all testing
  • Check your email for messages from colleges

 

January

  • Keep checking deadlines—most private college applications will be due sometime in January
  • FAFSA form (for your financial aid package) can be filed beginning Jan. 1
  • Send thank you notes to teachers and counselor for recommendations
  • Check your email for messages from colleges
  • If you were admitted somewhere by early decision, you must withdraw all other applications

 

February

  • Most priority deadlines for CSS Profile are in February
  • Plan to complete the FAFSA online
  • CSU decisions will be sent this month

 

March

  • FAFSA deadline
  • Cal Grants deadline
  • Most college financial aid deadlines are this month
  • UC decisions sent out between March 15 and March 31

 

April

  • Private school decisions will be sent this month
  • Consider your options; revisit schools in which you are still interested
  • Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) due by May 1. If you are waitlisted, accept another offer while maintaining your spot on the waitlist.
  • Check for any other deadlines (e.g. housing, scholarships)—some deadlines will be in early May

 

May

  • SIR due on May 1
  • Send deposit for housing
  • Register for AP tests, if appropriate

 

June

Ask for final transcript to be sent! CONGRATULATIONS!