The Complete College Application Timeline

Nia Hendricks
Need help managing your college to-do list? Look no further!

We could all use a little help staying organized, especially when it comes to applying for colleges. Whether you're a Junior or Senior, here is the complete list of what you need to do and when to do it to stay on track. With each box you check, you’re one step closer to your dream school!

Junior Year:

Summer before 11th Grade
Prep for PSAT.
Make a list of colleges and universities you may consider attending.
Work on your community service hours.
 
Fall Semester of 11th Grade
Take the PSAT in October.
Engage in SAT and ACT preparation.
Keep up your grades.
 
11th Grade Throughout the Year
Visit college campuses.
Register and take two SATs and two ACTs.
Athletes—register with the NCAA and NAIA.
Musicians, thespians, or visual artists—contact prospective college admission offices regarding portfolio/audition requirements.
 
Spring Semester of 11th Grade
Take SAT and ACT exams.
Choose your senior year courses wisely.
Study for AP exams.
Take AP exams (May).
Request teachers to provide recommendation letter.
 

Senior Year:

Summer before 12th Grade
Narrow down your college choices and begin college applications and essays.
Schedule campus visits if you have not done so already.
 
Fall Semester of 12th Grade
Visit college campuses.
Re–take SAT and/or ACT and submit to prospective colleges.
Complete Transcript Request Forms.
Submit college applications.
Register for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.
Register for FAFSA.
 
Spring Semester of 12th Grade
Submit final service hours form to school counselor.
Notify your school counselor where you are attending and complete a final transcript form.
Request transcripts for any Dual Enrollment courses.
 
After Graduation
Submit Advanced Placement scores to your college.
 


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