The College Admissions Timeline 2018-04-20T19:45:19+00:00

The College Admissions Timeline

From the nervous first class of freshman year to unsealing that acceptance letter to their dream college, your child's high school experience can feel like a lifetime. And when it comes to putting the pieces together into a college admissions puzzle, things can get a little bit confusing. This timeline serves as a roadmap to help parents support their children through the college admissions process.

Freshman Year

This is the start of a four-year journey. While junior and senior year bring hard and fast deadlines for admissions, freshman year is simply about getting off on the right foot.

Summer

Fall

  • Your student should introduce themself to their guidance counselor. This relationship will build throughout high school.

Winter

  • Reinforce study habits/expectations that lead to academic success.

Spring

  • Make a plan for the summer. Try to identify some of your child's budding extracurricular passions.

Sophomore Year

By the end of sophomore year your child will be ready to turn the corner into the second half of high school and tackle more of the aspects that contribute to a college application, including standardized testing.

Summer

  • Help your student select rigorous classes that match his/her previous coursework.
  • Register for the October PSAT.

Fall

  • Help your student stay involved in his/her extracurricular activities.

Spring

  • Consider beginning the test prep process. You're getting out ahead of the curve with this timeline.

Junior Year

Typically the most significant year in the eyes of an admissions officer, junior year tells the story of your child coming into his or her own — in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, on the job, and in every other arena. It’s the time to dial in on academics, extracurriculars, standardized testing and college admissions planning.

Summer

Fall

Winter

  • Is your child required to take either the SAT or ACT through your state-required exam? This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone; we recommend prepping for the state-administered test in April.

Spring

Senior Year

Senior year is when the deadlines start to add up. Parents can truly support their children by helping manage the laundry list of to-do's on the way to college admissions.

Summer

Fall

Winter

  • Have your child request all official transcripts be sent to the schools on their list.
  • Research scholarships.
  • Finish up all applications due in January. Proofread and then submit!
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if required. If your child submitted the FAFSA, make sure they review their Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy.

Spring

  • Admission decisions will start to roll in. Keep track of acceptances, rejections and waitlists. Make note of any critical deadlines.
  • Review and compare financial aid packages.
  • Make sure your child notifies schools of their decision to attend/not and/or remain on the waitlist.
  • Have your child apply to any remaining scholarships.
  • Request final transcript be sent to your chosen college.
  • Celebrate!