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College Planning Timeline

  • Take a look at your Naviance assessment results from last school year.  
  • Set goals for the school year. Working toward specific goals helps you stay motivated and focused.
  • Explore extracurricular activities. Getting involved in clubs and other groups is a great way for you to identify interests and feel more engaged in school. Read more about the benefits of extracurriculars.
  • Start a college list. Visit College Search Step-by-Step to get tips on starting a college search and figuring out what matters most to you when choosing a college.
  • See how much you need to save for college. Use the College Savings Calculator to get an idea of where you are compared to your savings goal.
  • Make summer plans. Summer is a great time to explore interests and learn new skills — and colleges look for students who pursue meaningful summer activities. Find out ways to stay motivated this summer.