College Guidance Timeline

When should you be thinking about what in the college search process? Click on the links below to see what you should be doing each year in high school at Devon Prep. Keep in mind the important dates and deadlines this year.

Senior Year

Fall of your Senior year is the time to apply to colleges. Colleges want to see that you continue the progress that you have made earlier in high school: more challenging courses, higher grades, leadership positions. It is important for you not to lose academic focus during your senior year as most colleges will want to see your first quarter/semester grades prior to making a decision on your candidacy.

September
  • Discuss college application selection with college counselor
  • September ACT
  • Meet with colleges who visit Devon Prep
  • Mock Interview Night
  • Give stamped, addressed envelopes with recommendation forms to selected teachers
October
  • October SAT/ACT
  • Financial Aid Night
  • Get applications due in November/December to College Planning and Placement Office
  • Continue meeting with colleges at Devon
  • Attend Open Houses
November
  • Keep in contact with your admissions representative
  • November SAT
  • Attend Open Houses
  • Sign up (with a parent) for a Financial aid PIN number at pin.ed.gov
  • Fill out PROFILE or college’s financial aid form
  • Get applications due in January to College Planning and Placement Office
December
  • December SAT/ACT
  • Get all remaining applications to College Guidance Office
  • Gather financial records and fill out worksheets at fafsa.ed.gov
  • Early application decisions returned – let the College Guidance Office know the outcome
  • Begin getting copies of admissions decision letters to College Planning and Placement Office
January
  • Mid-year exams – senior grades count!
  • Complete the FAFSA online before college deadlines
  • January SAT
February
  • “Letting Go” presentation for senior parents
March
  • Get copy of Regular Decision application letters to College Guidance Office
  • If you have decided on a college, withdraw your application from others
April
  • Attend accepted Student day at college
  • Make decision of where to go, if you haven’t done so
May
  • Final exams – senior grades count!
  • AP exams
June
  • Graduation!

 

Junior Year:

Junior year is the last full year that colleges see before making a decision. Continue improving your grades and curriculum, and try to take on leadership roles in activities. At this point, you should start your college search in earnest and establish good contacts with the college guidance office.

September
October
  • Continue with college meetings
  • Financial Aid Night (parents)
  • Take PSAT
  • Participate in local, evening college fairs (PACAC Delaware County College Fair, PACAC Montgomery County College Fair for example – see College Visits section)
November
  • Continue with college meetings
  • Fill out Student Profile (with essay and activities resume) and Parent Form
  • National College Fair at PA Convention Center (Sunday, November 4, 2007 11:00-4:00 pm)
December
  • PSAT results returned
  • Register for spring SAT/ACT
  • Start thinking about summer study, jobs, travel, etc.
January
  • Student Profile and Parent Form due to College Planning and Placement Office
  • Mid-year exams – focus on your grades!
  • January SAT
  • “Introduction to College Guidance” information session
February
  • Meetings with college counselors begin
  • Schedule courses for senior year
  • February ACT
  • Think about and register for SAT II: Subject Tests
March
  • Meetings with college counselors continue
  • March SAT
  • Start to visit colleges while they’re still in session
  • Mock Interview Night Workshop
April
  • Meetings with college counselors continue
  • April ACT
  • Study for AP exams and finals
  • PACAC Regional College Fair at Villanova University (Tuesday, April 28, 2009)
May
  • Meetings with college counselors continue
  • Request teacher recommendations
  • AP and final exams
  • May SAT and SAT IIs
June
  • June SAT/SATII/ACT
  • Start summer job, coursework, etc.
  • Continue visiting colleges to solidify list
  • If interested in pursuing Division I/II athletics, register for the NCAA Clearinghouse and contact coaches about visits.
July
  • Narrow your college list
  • Gather applications and look over essays
August
  • Work on essays and applications
  • Get in contact with your admissions representative
  • Register for fall SAT/ACT

Sophomore Year:

In sophomore year, you want to build upon the foundations you established in freshman year. Improve upon your grades and take more challenging courses. Start thinking about possible major or career interests.

  • Prepare for and take PSAT in October
  • Take SAT Subject Test in May or June, if recommended by your teacher
  • Meet with a college counselor to see if you are on the right track with academics and activities (go for quality, not quantity of activities)
  • Begin a career search
  • Financial Aid night (for parents)
  • Think about AP exams for next year
  • Take AP exams in May
  • Plan an exciting summer

Freshman Year:

This is the time to start building your academic and social foundations. Don’t worry about specific colleges at this point. Establish strong academic performance and activities, as this is important to your development and your college acceptance. Colleges will look at freshman year grades.

During freshman year, you should:

  • Prepare for and take PSAT in October
  • Learn study skills
  • Get involved outside of class in interesting activities
  • Think about taking AP classes for next year
  • Plan an exciting summer