• College Prep Checklists •

    The following checklists may be helpful to you as you organize your college path.
    Not everything i
    n this booklet will apply to you. Choose what is appropriate for you.


    Sophomore Checklist

    Junior Checklist

    Senior Checklist

    Freshman Checklist
    Visit all the resources on campus—Library, Counseling Office, College & Career Center, etc.
    Establish strong study habits and time management techniques
    Become involved in extracurricular activities; join sports and clubs
    Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing your reading
    Find a tutor or a friend, if you need help
    Meet your counselor and start thinking about classes you might want to take while at AHS


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    Sophomore Checklist


    Concentrate on academic preparation and continue to develop basic skills and extracurricular interests
    Take challenging classes, when appropriate
    OPTIONAL: Register for the PSAT (this is for practice and not used by colleges)
    Sign up for extracurricular activities

    Take the PSAT, if appropriate


    Receive and review results from PSAT in December
    Develop learning strategies/plan for taking SAT and/or ACT in junior year



    Keep your grades up
    Plan your junior year class schedule

    Log in to your Naviance account with Ms. Levy

    Attend College Fairs
    Sign up for a prep course for SAT or ACT in summer
    Plan your testing calendar for junior year

    Consider taking Subject Tests if appropriate
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    Junior Checklist


    Visit College & Career Center
    Sign up for College Rep visits on Naviance

    Continue with extracurricular activities
    Register with NCAA Clearinghouse by end of junior year if you want to play 
    competitive sports in college (Division I or II)


    Take the PSAT

    Have your counselor evaluate your records for college preparation
    Make sure you are meeting the “a–g” course requirements for UC/CSU
    Plan testing timeline for Spring
    Continue attending College Rep visits



    Visit local college(s) over Thanksgiving break (Mon–Wed)


    Review PSAT scores

    Sign up for ACT/SAT/Subject Tests for Spring dates



    Continue to keep your grades up

    Register for the SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT

    (based on what your target schools require)
    Make a list of your top 15 colleges and begin investigating them.  Try Naviance or click here for a great tool.
    Plan college campus visits for your spring break
    Explore careers/majors more in depth—visit College & Career Center

    Complete a college search on Naviance

    Sign up for Senior year classes

    Make summer plans; job, travel, college class
    Visit colleges over Spring Break
    Continue to investigate college choices
    Take SAT or ACT
    Attend the East Bay College Connection Fair at Saint Mary’s College
    Sign up for and take AP exams in May  
    Begin drafting “brag sheet” or resume to help with filling out college applications

    Ask teachers for a letter of recommendation, if needed



    Continue to collect information on your top colleges, majors, and career choices
    Consider taking summer classes
    Brainstorm ideas for writing college personal statement—draft statement  
    Discuss college finances with parents
    Develop art/music/drama portfolio, if appropriate  
    Review your SAT or ACT scores; consider testing in Fall
    Visit more colleges during the summer

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    Senior Checklist


    Meet with parents to discuss college finances and any other help you need
    Register for any additional testing and send scores to schools you are sure you will apply to
    Check transcripts to make sure they are complete and there are no errors
    Complete your resume (helps teachers with recommendations, and you with applications)
    Begin brainstorming essays
    Begin searching for scholarships



    Create accounts on college admissions websites

    List colleges on Naviance "Colleges I am applying to"

    Request letters from teachers and counselor on Naviance

    Prepare list of colleges for your teacher recommenders

    Request transcripts on Naviance

    Attend college visits of schools you are interested in, at AHS or regionally
    Create a separate email account for all college info—check it daily



    Online application opens for Cal State Universities on Oct. 1
    First draft of UC personal statement
    Complete essays for early decision/early action
    Complete any rolling admission, early action, or early decision applications



    Online application opens for UC's on Nov. 1
    Continue working on all applications/essays
    Register for CSS profile (for financial aid at private schools)
    Send SAT or ACT test scores to all schools that need them
    Complete UC application early – do not wait until end of November, and keep a hard copy
    UC and CSU deadline is November 30



    Continue working on essays/applications
    Send applications as they are due; and keep hard copy of all; keep re-checking deadlines
    Complete all testing

    Check your email for messages from colleges 



    Keep checking deadlines—most private college applications will be due sometime in January
    FAFSA form (for your financial aid package) can be filed beginning Jan. 1
    Send thank you notes to teachers and counselor for recommendations
    Check your email for messages from colleges
    If you were admitted somewhere by early decision, you must withdraw all other applications  



    Most priority deadlines for CSS Profile are in Feb.

    Plan to complete the FAFSA online

    CSU decisions will be sent this month



    FAFSA deadline
    Cal Grants deadline

    Most college financial aid deadlines are this month

    You will hear from UC's between March 15 and March 31



    Private school decisions will be sent this month

    Consider your options; revisit schools in which you are still interested

    Send Intent to Register by May 1. If deferring for a Gap Year, notify the college in writing

    If you are waitlisted, accept another offer while maintaining your spot on the waitlist
    Check for any other deadlines (e.g. housing, scholarships)—some deadlines will be in early May

    Send the SIR by May 1

    Send deposit for housing
    Register for AP tests, if appropriate



    Ask for final transcript to be sent

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