HS Juniors: College Timeline for High School

In the Fall

  • Talk to your school counselor about whether you should take any standardized tests. Some colleges and universities have "test-optional" policies and don't require students to submit their SAT/ACT scores. Other colleges require them.
  • Attend college fairs and talk with college representatives. Ask them about campus life, application requirements, and financial aid. 
  • In the fall of 2018, registration deadlines and test dates for the SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests are:
    • Oct. 6: SAT and SAT Subject Tests (register by Sept. 7)
    • Nov. 3: SAT and SAT Subject Tests (register by Oct. 5)
    • Dec. 1: SAT and SAT Subject Tests (register by Nov. 2)
    • Dec. 8: ACT exam (register by Nov. 2)

In the Spring

  • Dates for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests in the spring of 2019 are:
    • March 9: SAT only (register by Feb. 8)
    • April 13: ACT exam (register by March 8)
    • May 4: SAT and SAT Subject Tests (register by April 5)
    • June 1: SAT and SAT Subject Tests (register by May 3)
  • Meet with your school counselor to ensure that you're still on track to graduate and are taking the right courses to prepare for college. If you have gaps to fill in, now is the time to review your course selections for senior year. 
  • Explore career paths and subjects you might want to study in college. Attend a college fair or shadow a professional in a field you're interested to learn more about their work and the path they took to get there.
  • Work with your school counselor, college advisor, parent, or guardian to develop a list of eight to ten colleges that interest you. Research the colleges on your list, keeping track of your questions and things that you like about each college.
  • Obtain and FSA ID needed to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your parent or guardian will need an FSA ID as well.
  • Research scholarships from outside sources like local businesses, organizations, employers, unions, churches, etc. Be sure to note application requirements and deadline dates.
  • Plan and schedule summer visits to the colleges on your list. 
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities. Consider a summer job, internship, or volunteer position.