Planning for College

Timeline

Freshman
  • Choose courses that challenge you, but are manageable for your 1st year of high school
  • Meet with your counselor to discuss high school and college planning
  • Explore options, such as AP and Honors courses
  • Pursue extracurricular activities at school
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
Sophomore
  • Take the PSAT and Pre-ACT (Fall)
  • Meet with your counselor to review high school plan
  • Start researching free ACT and SAT prep
  • Continue to take challenging courses
  • Pursue extracurricular activities at school
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Ask about dual enrollment for junior year and apply in the spring if interested
  • Explore career exploration resources and scholarship opportunities, depending on your post-graduate plan
Junior
  • Start researching colleges that interest you and check admissions requirements
  • Meet with your counselor to review your high school plan
  • Apply for dual enrollment if interested
  • Start taking free practice tests for ACT and SAT
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops
  • Take the SAT
  • Take the ACT (free to all Juniors in the Spring)
  • Narrow down your list of colleges
  • Continue to pursue volunteer opportunities and extracurricular activities at school
  • Continue a challenging course load
  • Visit colleges over the summer
Senior 
  • Meet with your counselor to review graduation progress and college plans
  • Apply for dual enrollment at University of Alaska Southeast if interested
  • Take SAT or ACT in the Fall
  • Request letters of recommendation early from teachers and counselors
  • Finalize your list of colleges and track their admission requirements
  • Write down all deadlines for college applications
  • Participate in College Application Week in November
  • Apply for financial aid in the fall (fafsa.ed.gov)
  • Complete your college applications
  • Request your transcript be sent to colleges



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