Timeline for 11th Grade
-Meet with your counselor to review the courses you’ve taken, and see what you still need to take.
-Look at the college information available in your counselor’s office and school and public libraries. Use the Internet to check out college websites.
-If you are interested in attending a military academy, now is the time to start planning and getting information.
-Tour a nearby college, if possible. Visit relatives or friends who live on or near a college campus. Check out the dorms, go to the library or student center, and get a feel for college life.
-Begin zeroing in on the type of college you would prefer (two-year or four-year, small or large, rural, suburban, or urban).
-If you didn’t do so in tenth grade, sign up for and take the PSAT/NMSQT. In addition to National Merit Scholarships, this is the qualifying test for the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
-Make a list of colleges that meet your most important criteria (size, location, distance from home, majors, academic rigor, housing, and cost). Weigh each of the factors according to their importance to you.
-Continue visiting college fairs. You may be able to narrow your choices or add a college to your list.
-Speak to college representatives who visit your high school, and ask them for their email address so you will have a specific contact person in the admission office.
-If you want to participate in Division I or Division II sports in college, start the certification process. Check with your counselor to make sure you are taking core curriculum that meets National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requirements. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
-Remember, keep an upward academic trend going so you can finish strong.
-Collect information about college application procedures, entrance requirements, tuition and fees, room and board costs, student activities, course offerings, faculty composition, accreditation, and financial aid.
-Begin narrowing down your college choices. Find out if the colleges you are interested in require the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests for admission.
-Register for the ACT to give you a different test score to be used and to compare to your SAT.
-Have a discussion with your parents/guardians about the colleges in which you are interested. Examine financial resources, and gather information about financial aid.
-Set up a filing system with individual folders for each college’s correspondence and printed materials.
-Meet with your counselor to review your senior-year course selection and graduation requirements.
-You will take the SAT in the spring. Discuss ACT/SAT score with your counselor. Register to take the ACT and/or SAT again if you’d like to improve your score. Khanacademy.org is a resource you can use to prepare for the SAT test.
-Discuss the college essay with your guidance counselor or English teacher.
-Stay involved with your extracurricular activities. Colleges look for consistency and depth in activities.
-Consider whom you’ll ask to write your recommendations. Think about asking teachers who know you well. Letters from a coach, an activity leader, or an adult who knows you well outside of school are valuable as supplemental recommenders. Procrastinators take note: this is where it comes in handy to have built teacher relationships from Day 1 of freshman year. If you want a glowing recommendation, you need to invest enough energy and time into building and maintaining these relationships.
-Apply for a summer job or internship.
-Be prepared to pay for college applications and testing fees in the fall (unless you are fee waived).
-If you know anyone who has attended the colleges in which you are interested, try to talk to them.
to set up a Common Application account when the new version becomes available (usually mid-summer). For schools that do not subscribe to the Common Application, visit individual websites to start your application.
-Volunteer in your community.
-Compose rough drafts of your college essays. Have a teacher or college counselor read and discuss them with you. Polish them and prepare final drafts. Proofread your final essays.
-Develop a financial aid application plan, including a list of the aid sources, requirements for each application, and a timetable for meeting the filing deadlines.
Munchnick, Justin R. “Planning Your Education While In High School. Teen’s Guide to College & Career Planning: Your HIgh School Roadmap to College and Career Success. New York: Peterson’s, 2015. 55-57. Print.