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College Timelines and Checklists

9th Grade College Checklist

Students should begin preparation for college as early as freshman year!

  • Take as many honors courses as possible- start off on the right foot!
  • Earn A's so that you can take honors and Advanced Placement courses next year.
  • Visit CSU Mentor and begin your student planner at www.csumentor.edu.  This provides information on the admissions requirements (courses you need to take and grades).
  • Participate in extracurricular activities that you will continue in throughout high school. Join activities that you will enjoy and be passionate about.
  • Begin researching careers and colleges that you are interested in.

The Federal Student Aid (Department of Education) website provides a checklist for the freshman year: http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/9th-grade.  Additional checklists can be viewed below for each year courtesy of Cappex and College Prep 101.


10th Grade College Checklist

Continue on the right path!
  • Take honors and advanced placement courses.
  • Grades this year is very important for colleges so do well!
  • Continue participating in extracurricular activities- clubs, sports, band/choir/musicals, etc.
  • Continue researching about careers and colleges (already begin visiting colleges)

The Federal Student Aid (Department of Education) website provides a checklist for the sophomore year: http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/10th-grade. Additional checklists can be viewed below for each year courtesy of Cappex and College Prep 101.


11th Grade College Checklist

Considered the most important year for college preparation!  

  • Contact the College Advisor to set up a Family College Planning Meeting.
  • Need to get the best grades possible!  The grades from this year will be the last ones included in college applications so do well!
  • Continue taking honors and advanced placement courses- push yourself! 
  • Sign-up for the SAT Preparation Course.
  • Take the SAT in May and/or June.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Consider getting an internship or shadowing a professional in the career field you are interested in.
  • Make a resume (see the counseling office for templates and guides).
  • Know which colleges you will be applying to next year.

The Federal Student Aid (Department of Education) website provides a checklist for the junior year: http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/11th-grade. Additional checklists can be viewed below for each year courtesy of Cappex and College Prep 101.


12th Grade College Checklist
View "Senior Timeline SGHS 2015-2016" for a detailed timeline!

Time to apply!!

The Federal Student Aid (Department of Education) website provides a checklist for the senior year: http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists/12th-grade. Additional checklists can be viewed below for each year courtesy of Cappex and College Prep 101.


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