• College Planning Timeline

    A month by month guide from Sophomore through Senior years 

    This timeline gives you an outline of steps you should be taking starting in your sophomore year and progressing through the end of your senior year.  Following this timeline should assist you in being as well prepared as possible for this important phase of your life.

    WELCOME TO YOUR SOPHOMORE YEAR !

    SEPTEMBER

    • Participate in the Club Fair .  Find out all the activities offered at the high school.  If you are not involved, join an activity.  If you have been involved, how about a leadership role?
    • Get to know your counselor, so your counselor can get to know you.

    OCTOBER

    • Attend College Night

    JANUARY

    • Prepare for Regents exams! (and your other finals!)

    FEBRUARY/MARCH

    • Course selection for next year begins. Choose challenging courses and ones that support your post-secondary plans. Review your cumulative GPA on your course selection sheet.
    • Introduction to Naviance - a web-based career and college search/ research tool.

     MAY

    • Take AP Exams

    JUNE

    • Study for Regents exams and other finals!
    • Make plans for your summer vacation.

     

    WELCOME TO YOUR JUNIOR YEAR !

    SEPTEMBER

    • Participate in the Club Fair .  If you are not involved, join an activity.  If you have been involved, how about a leadership role?

    OCTOBER

    • Take the PSAT
    • Attend College Night
    • Start building your list of potential colleges - Add them to Naviance - "COLLEGES I'M THINKING ABOUT" tab.
    • Spend time with College Admissions Representatives visiting New Hartfordl

    NOVEMBER

    • Spend time with College Admissions Representatives visiting New Hartford
    • Continue working on colleges in Naviance under "COLLEGES I'M THINKING ABOUT"

    DECEMBER

    • Once you receive your PSAT scores in the mail, stop in the Counseling Office to get your test booklet and review your results
    • Consider when you will take the SAT next semester (January? March? May?, June?) Registration for the January test at Proctor High School is in December.

    JANUARY

    • Prepare for Regents exams! (and your other finals!)
    • Take the SAT if you registered
    • Make a list of all your activities & academic awards earned from 9th grade to this point.  You will need this information next year. 

    FEBRUARY/MARCH

    • Register for the March SAT at New Hartford.
    • Visit colleges during your winter break
    • Course selection for next year begins.  Choose challenging courses and ones that support your post-secondary plans.  Review your cumulative GPA on your course selection sheet.
    • Narrow your list of colleges.
    • Take the SAT if you registered.
    • Register for the SAT for May/June and the ACT for June.
    • Attend National College Fair in Syracuse (some years it is held in April)

    APRIL

    • Visit colleges during your spring break
    • Register for the SAT in June
    • Meet with your counselor for your Junior Review appointment

    MAY

    • Take AP exams
    • Take the SAT if you registered
    • Stuck in your college search ? Consult with your counselor!

    JUNE

    • Take SAT and or ACT if you registered.
    • Study for Regents exams and other finals!

    CONGRATULATIONS, YOU'RE A SENIOR!

    SUMMER

    • Continue to visit colleges, request application materials and narrow your list.
    • Update your list of colleges in Naviance "COLLEGES I'M THINKING ABOUT"
    • Make sure your senior year course load is substance and not fluff!  If you need to make changes, do so early.
    • Register on-line for October SAT or the September ACT.
    • Get ready for your senior year!!

    SEPTEMBER

    • Finalize your list of colleges and put them in Naviance
    • Register for October SAT and/or ACT
    • Find out if you will need letters of recommendation from teachers
    • Decide which teachers you will ask
    • Are you applying Early Decision ?  Some deadlines are as early as October
    • If you are planning on playing Division 1 or 2 sports at college, make sure you have filed a NCAA form. (More information is found in this book in the section titled, "College Bound Student Athletes".)
    • Continue working on your activity sheet and the student evaluation sheet your counselor has requested for your college application
    • Review your transcript that your counselor has provided you
    • Meet with your counselor for your Senior Review

    OCTOBER

    • Retake the SAT and/or ACT
    • Register for November SAT
    • FAFSA forms may be filed after October 1st. 
    • Log on to www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/ for information on filing the FAFSA
    • Make sure you know what financial aid forms your college requires. Some require the CSS in addition to the FAFSA
    • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation , and send a note through Naviance to them
    • Continue to visit colleges that you are considering
    • Any Early Decision applications should be completed
    • Work on Senior Information Packet
    • Keep up with course work , colleges often ask to see first Marking Period grades

    NOVEMBER

    • Take SAT
    • Register for December SAT (Keep in mind New Hartford is NOT a test site in December.  Also, this is the last test administration that colleges generally use for admissions purposes.)
    • Turn in Senior Information Packet.
    • Make sure you have spoken to teachers about letters of recommendation and put them into Naviance
    • Colleges may ask for First Marking Period grades .  How are yours?
    • Check application deadlines.  Do you have any with December 1st deadlines?  If so, turn in the counselor portion of applications by early November.

    DECEMBER

    • Communicate with counselors about college applications  with a January 1-10 deadline , by early December.
    • Notify the Counseling Office if you have been accepted at a college

    JANUARY

    • Finish college applications
    • Study for exams, and do your best in your courses.

    FEBRUARY

    • Mid year grade reports are sent to colleges.  We do not need the mid-year page included in your application materials. You must let your counselor know which colleges require mid-year grades
    • It is best to file the FAFSA no later than the end of the month
    • Notify  the Counseling Office of your college acceptances
    • There is still time to visit your final list of colleges

    MARCH

    • Keep studying!  Colleges will ask for a Final Transcript

    APRIL

    • Make any last minute visits to colleges you are considering
    • Time to decide where you will go to college next year.  You must notify the college you wish to attend by May 1!
    • Keep up with your coursework!

    MAY

    • Notify the college that you will be attending
    • Also notify any other college that accepted you, that you will not be attending
    • Keep up with your coursework !
    • Notify the Counseling Office where you will be attending college so we know where to send your final transcript

    JUNE

    • Study for exams!
    • Graduation! Congratulations!

    JULY

    • The Counseling Office will send your final transcript to the college you told us in May that you plan on attending

    GOOD LUCK IN COLLEGE!