Hey there, I want to make sure I stay on track with my college applications and not miss any important deadlines. What's the best way to create a timeline for the college application process?
Hello! It's great that you're thinking ahead and trying to stay organized during the college application process. Creating a timeline can definitely help you manage your tasks more effectively. Here's a suggested timeline that you can follow or modify according to your needs:
1. Spring of Junior Year: Start researching colleges and make a list of schools you're interested in. Attend college fairs and visit campuses if possible.
2. Summer before Senior Year: Work on drafting your personal essay and asking for letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors. Narrow down your list of colleges.
3. Early Fall of Senior Year: Finalize your personal essay and complete the Common Application or other applications used by the colleges on your list. Register for any remaining standardized tests (SAT, ACT, or Subject Tests) if needed.
4. October - November: Submit Early Decision/Early Action applications if applicable. Keep track of deadlines for regular decision applications.
5. December - February: Submit regular decision applications and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
6. March - April: Wait for admission decisions and compare financial aid packages.
7. May 1: National College Decision Day - make your final choice and submit your deposit.
Best of luck with your applications!
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