Here’s what to do month-by-month, year-by-year, to get your high school student prepped for and successfully through the college application process.
The road to college can be complicated and confusing for students and parents alike. We’ve gathered unbiased and comprehensive information from multiple expert sources to create an inclusive timeline to help all aspiring college students — and their families — stay on top of the steps involved in applying to college.
Getting into college involves so much more than filling in applications. Our college prep timelines begin in 9th grade, helping parents and students understand concepts like the important distinction between classes that count toward high school graduation but not for college admission, the importance of identifying academic and extracurricular challenges, and the nuts and bolts of helping students learn to manage their time, participate in class discussions, and practice effective study habits.
For juniors, our timelines go deeper into helping students develop a college mentality, becoming stronger readers and writers, and helping students consider their personal learning and career goals and the different routes they might take to achieve their dreams.
There are a lot of important decisions for high school juniors to make. Our interactive timeline offers 11th grade college prep information, tips, and insights, month-by-month, to help parents and their high school juniors navigate the admissions tests, extra tests that can earn college credit, class choices, and academic skills necessary for college admission, without missing a single step. For example, our timelines help students and parents understand how and when to study for college admissions test, when to register and take them, why students should take them more than once, how to help students start thinking about college and make an initial college list, the pros and cons of applying early, and more.