4 Year Plan for Attending College

9th Grade

  • Focus on the learning process to get good grades
  • Practice good study habits
  • Make sure that you are taking the classes that are needed for college
  • Take part in extra curricular activities [these will become part of your transcript]
  • Continue to identify areas that are interesting to you
  • Continue to explore potential career fields
October
  • Take ACT PLAN.
December
  • Receive results of the PLAN.
  • Examine changes you might make in your study habits to help you improve in areas of weakness
January - March
  • Continue to focus on your classes and activities
  • Consider looking for college and university summer programs for high school students.
April
  • Register for June SAT II subject tests for those classes you have taken this year.
May
  • Consider what you might do with your time if you choose not to attend a summer program. Perhaps you will take a vacation, work, or volunteer your time. Colleges will be interested in how you spent this time.
June
  • You may wish to take SAT II Subject Tests

10th Grade

Continue to practice strong study habits, obtain good grades by focusing on the learning process, partaking in extra curricular activities, and taking a schedule of classes that will prepare you academically for college. In addition, continue to identify areas that are interesting to you, and explore potential career fields.

October
  • Take ACT PLAN.
December
  • Receive results of the PLAN.
  • Examine changes you might make in your study habits to help you improve in areas of weakness.
January - March
  • Continue to focus on your classes and activities
  • Consider looking for college and university summer programs for high school students
April
  • Register for June SAT II subject tests for those classes you have taken this year.
May
  • Consider what you might do with your time if you choose not to attend a summer program. Perhaps you will take a vacation, work, or volunteer your time. Colleges will be interested in how you spent this time.
June
  • You may wish to take SAT II Subject Tests

11th Grade

You should begin the college choice process. You should continue to focus on grades, take classes that are needed for college, and participate in extra curricular activities.

September
  • Talk to your counselor about your class schedule and upcoming standardized tests
  • Inquire about the PSAT/NMSQT
October
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Attend Marist College Fair
November
  • Attend Junior Parent Information Night
December
  • Review results of PSAT with your counselor
  • You may wish to register for SAT I and ACT
January - February
  • Continue to focus on your classes and activities
  • Start thinking about which colleges you might like to attend
  • Discuss your choices with your counselor and your parents
  • Prepare for the SAT I and ACT
  • Make sure you know your social security number [this number is used by many colleges and universities on the application]
  • Attend Bridge/New Visions Information Night
March
  • You may wish to take the SAT I
  • Obtain information from different colleges, evaluate the schools, and begin to make a long list of schools from which you will later choose.
April
  • You may wish to take the SAT I
  • Obtain information from different colleges, evaluate the schools, and begin to make a long list of schools from which you will later choose.
May
  • Take the Advanced Placement Exams if you are eligible
  • Continue to discuss colleges with your counselor
  • Attend DCC or West Point College Fair, to gather additional information about different schools.
  • Consider what you might do with your time during summer. Perhaps you will enroll in a summer program, take a vacation, work, or volunteer your time. Colleges will be interested in how you spent this time.
  • Consider making plans for visiting colleges on your list
June
  • You may wish to take the SAT II Subject Tests
  • You may wish to take the ACT
During the Summer
  • This would be a good time for you to begin writing/calling the schools you are interested in and asking for applications.
  • You might consider taking an SAT tutorial program during this time to help you do better.
  • Work on an academic and extra curricular resume.

12th Grade

Do not lose focus on grades. Continue your good study habits. Make sure that you are taking the classes that are needed for college. Don't slack off and take an easy course load. Colleges will be looking at your senior schedule and they will be looking for challenging classes. Continue to take part in extra curricular activities.

September
  • Talk to your counselor to discuss your list of colleges and make sure that your expectations are realistic given your academic and personal record.
  • Sign up for the November SAT I or the October ACT.
  • You should have received the college applications that you requested. If you have not, or if you have added new schools to your list, contact the school to obtain an application. Many schools have deadlines in November and December making it important that you start work on these applications as soon as possible.
  • Continue to visit colleges.
October
  • You may wish to take the ACT.
  • Attend the Marist Fair or our Mini College Fairs to gather information.
  • Start working on your college application.
  • Start asking teachers to write you recommendations.
  • Start sending in your college applications [check the due date for each school].
  • Sign up for December/January SAT II Subject Tests and the December ACT.
November
  • You may wish to take the SAT I.
  • Make sure to have test scores sent to the schools where are you are applying.
  • Begin applying – watch deadlines, as this process can be lengthy especially if many students are applying to many colleges.
  • Make an appointment with your counselor to submit applications [at least 2 weeks before the due date].
December
  • You may wish to take the SAT I, SAT II, and ACT.
  • Expect Early Decisions this month.
  • Watch application deadlines.
January
  • You may wish to take the SAT II
  • Obtain financial aid information. Attend Financial Aid Night presentation.
  • If you are applying for federal financial aid, prepare your application and send it in as early as possible after January 1st.
February - April
  • Keep track of all your applications; make sure schools have received all of the information that they have requested.
  • Decide which school you wish to attend
  • Submit scholarship applications, including both national and local [you have a better chance with the local scholarships]
May
  • Prior to May first you must decide on which college you will attend.
  • Send in your tuition deposit
  • Notify other schools of your decision
  • If you are applying for federal financial aid, your application must be submitted by May first - there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this deadline.