College Planning Tips

If your kids are planning to go to college in the next couple of years, there are things you should be doing now to get ready.

Fall To-Do List:


  • Finish essay and/or insight resume and any other short answer questions. Get the writing parts of the applications done now.
  • Identify what teachers to ask for recommendations, need to be academic, and ask them.
  • Register for ACT, SAT or subject tests if necessary one last time.
  • Create an activities resume, listed in order of importance.
  • Start filling out college admissions applications. Check the supplements and get that writing done.
  • Scholarship search.
  • Make a master list of deadlines on the calendar, including scholarship, housing and financial aid deadlines.
  • Make sure your transcript and records are correct and up to date.
  • Make the last of the college visits, request interviews.


  • Register for the PSAT in October. This is the year it counts for National Merit Scholar.
  • Get off to a good start for the school year. Many juniors have more difficult classes (AP/IB) and it is easy to fall behind.
  • Check high school college center for visits from colleges.
  • Attend the college fair.
  • Target a few schools to visit this fall.
  • Have the college “money talk” with parents, children.
  • Scholarship search.
  • Consider joining a new club or taking a leadership position.

Need help planning it all out? Marie can guide you and your teen through the process- schedule a 20 minute discovery call to learn how.


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