College Timeline

11th Grade: Fall
Begin research on colleges and universities. Discuss career aspirations and college plans with parents.

11th Grade: October
Consider taking the PSAT test. Those that test in the top 5% in the nation qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. This test can also be taken as a pre-test for the SAT, or for practice with college admission tests.

11th Grade: Spring
Conduct intensive college research. Visit colleges when they are in session. Attend college visits at East and college fairs (i.e. Xavier College Fair & Wisconsin Education Fair).

11th Grade: April to June
Take ACT/SAT/AP exams. Meet with college reps that visit the high school.

Request college applications from private colleges. UW applications are available online. Prepare the first draft of your admission essay. 

12th Grade: Fall
Secure letters of recommendation. Finish application essay or personal statement. Meet with college reps that visit the high school. Visit colleges and interview when possible. Take required ACT/SAT/SATII tests. Check scholarship lists throughout the year. Ask colleges about scholarship competition days. Complete college application and follow mailing directions. Attend financial aid presentations.

12th Grade: January
Complete taxes and financial aid forms.

12th Grade: Spring

Make final campus visits. Review financial aid and scholarship awards. Call admission or financial aid offices if you have questions. Finalize your college choice. Register for CLEP and/or AP exams.

12th Grade: By May 1
Notify all colleges to which you have been offered admission of your final college plans.

12th Grade: May

Take CLEP and/or AP exams. 

Login to Parchment and order final transcripts to be sent to the college of your choice after final grades are posted.