The College Admissions Timeline

From the nervous first class of freshman year to unsealing that acceptance letter to their dream college, your child's high school experience can feel like a lifetime. And when it comes to putting the pieces together into a college admissions puzzle, things can get a little bit confusing. This timeline serves as a roadmap to help parents support their children through the college admissions process.

Freshman Year

This is the start of a four-year journey. While junior and senior year bring hard and fast deadlines for admissions, freshman year is simply about getting off on the right foot.

Summer

Fall

  • Your student should introduce themself to their guidance counselor. This relationship will build throughout high school.

Winter

  • Reinforce study habits/expectations that lead to academic success.

Spring

  • Make a plan for the summer. Try to identify some of your child's budding extracurricular passions.

Sophomore Year

By the end of sophomore year your child will be ready to turn the corner into the second half of high school and tackle more of the aspects that contribute to a college application, including standardized testing.

Summer

  • Help your student select rigorous classes that match his/her previous coursework.
  • Register for the October PSAT.

Fall

  • Help your student stay involved in his/her extracurricular activities.

Spring

  • Consider beginning the test prep process. Y