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Confused about when to start applying for colleges

Hello there, junior in high school here. I've seen different pieces of advice about when to start the application process. Would someone mind breaking down a good timeline for me, please?

11 days ago

Absolutely, having a timeline can greatly simplify the college application process. Here’s a general timeline you might consider:

Junior Year:

- Fall: Start your college search by attending college fairs or visiting colleges virtually or in person. Begin preparing for any needed standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT. Also, consider your senior year schedule – it’s a good idea to continue challenging coursework.

- Winter: Ideally, you should take your SAT or ACT for the first time early in the winter. You also want to continue your college research during this time. Start considering potential college essay topics.

- Spring: Usually, this is when you would take any AP Exams. If your initial SAT or ACT score was not where you'd like it to be, consider re-taking the test. Also, begin to consider the teachers, coaches, or mentors who you might ask for letters of recommendation.

- Summer: Spend the summer writing your college essays and creating a resume of your extracurricular activities. Request letters of recommendation if you haven't already. Also, visit colleges if it's possible and safe to do so.

Senior Year:

- Fall: Complete your college essays and start filling out your applications. Be particularly mindful of Early Decision or Early Action deadlines, which can be as early as November 1. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.

- Winter: Stay on top of any Regular Decision deadlines, which typically fall in January. Many financial aid and scholarship applications also have deadlines in winter.

- Spring: You should receive your decisions by April. Take the time to revisit colleges, if possible, before making your final decision. Remember that May 1 is the usual deadline for confirming your college choice.

Remember, this timeline should be adjusted to suit your needs and circumstances. It's always a good idea to check in with your school counselor to ensure you're staying on track. Best of luck!

11 days ago

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