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Applying to College: A Timeline for Success

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Preparing for college can be an exciting yet stressful time for high school students. The process of selecting the right college, preparing for standardized tests, completing applications, and applying for financial aid can seem overwhelming. To help you stay on track, Uprooted Academy has put together a step-by-step timeline of important dates to keep in mind as you navigate the college application process. Whether you're a junior just starting the process or a senior making your final decision, this timeline will help you stay organized and focused on your goals. Read on to learn more about the key dates and tasks to keep in mind as you embark on your college journey!

Junior Year:

Fall of Junior Year

  • Start researching colleges and universities to find the best fit for your academic, social, and financial needs. You can start by talking to your school counselor, visiting college websites, and attending college fairs, information sessions, and campus tours to learn more about colleges and their programs. Consider factors such as location, size, campus culture, academic programs, extracurricular activities, and cost.

  • Take the most rigorous courses available in your school to demonstrate your academic ability to college admissions officers. These can include Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, honors courses, or dual enrollment courses at a local community college. Take courses in subjects that interest you and that will prepare you for college-level work.

  • Begin preparing for standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, or ACT by using study guides, taking practice tests, and considering test prep courses or tutors. Be sure to use the free official online practice tests available for the PSAT, SAT or ACT.

Spring of Junior Year

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your college plans and receive guidance on selecting courses, extracurricular activities, and other opportunities that will strengthen your college application.