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Four Year College Search Timeline

Long Trail fully recognizes, and appreciates, that every student will forge their own unique path to the college, or to a postsecondary option such as a gap year, that is right for them. However, there still are some general steps and information which will be useful to each Long Trail student.   To help students navigate their journey to college, Long Trail provides a detailed timetable, college nights, and workshops.

 

12th grade

The 12thgrade year is the culmination of both the student’s high school academic career, and their college search and application process.  It is certainly a busy year but it is our hope that by following the timeline they can hopefully make it an exciting, rather than stressful, experience.

August

-Register for the September ACT

-Create Common Application account

-Begin to work on the college essay

-Visit college campuses

-Make appointment with the director of college counseling

 

September

-Register for October SAT/SAT Subject Tests

-Register for October ACT

-Make appointment with the director of college counseling

-Attend College Night for Seniors

-Finalize college list

-Begin to complete applications for college

-Meet with visiting college representatives

-Visit college campuses and attend open houses

-Attend college essay workshops

-Request from teachers letters of recommendation

 

October

-Register for November SAT/SAT Subject Tests

-Make appointment with the director of college counseling

-Continue to visit college campuses and attend open houses

-Create chart with all college application deadlines.  Think about applying Early Action or Early Decision is right for you

-Attend college essay workshops

-Meet with visiting college representatives

-Attend college fair

 

November

-Submit applications for Early Action/Early Decision deadlines (November 1 and November 15)

-UVM’s Early Action deadline, with fee waived, is November 1

-Register for December SAT/SAT Subject Tests

-Register for December ACT

-Make appointment with the director of college counseling

-Meet with visiting college representatives

-Attend college essay workshops

 

December

-Submit applications for Early Action/Early Decision deadlines (December 1 and December 15)

-Finalize applications for January deadlines

-Register for January SAT

-Notify the director of college counseling of any college decisions

 

January

-Submit applications for regular decision as well as Early Decision II deadlines (January 1)

-All financial aid applicants submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and VSAC grant (VT residents only) forms

-Some students may be required to submit CSS Profile form as well

-Do well on exams to finish the semester strong. The director of college counseling will send mid-year reports to all colleges that require them.
February/March

-Work on local scholarships

-Keep the director of college counseling informed of responses

 

April

-All college decisions should be known

-Financial aid packages should be sent to accepted students

-Attend Accepted Student Open House/Visit Days to help make final decisions

 

May

-Send deposit to their top choice by May 1

-Notify other colleges that you are attending another institution

-AP and IB Exams (results of which may be used in admission)

 

11th Grade

This is the most crucial year in the college search and application process.  It is the most recent full academic year that colleges will see as they make their admissions decisions. Getting good grades will be very important. Students in the 11th grade will experience a lot more college admission testing.  They will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) for their second time in October.  They will be able to see the progress they have made since their initial testing as a 10th grader.  The results will be explained at a college night in December, where students will also learn of Long Trail’s college search and application process.  Students, and their parents, will then begin to meet individually with the director of college counseling to develop their personalized college plan and initial college list.  Eleventh grade students will begin their official college testing with the SAT in March or the ACT in April.  They will then have two more opportunities to take the SAT (May and June) and one more to take the ACT (June).  Long Trail offers SAT and ACT test prep beginning in February leading up to the March SAT.  The highlight of the 11th grade year is a trip to a national college fair in Hartford, CT where nearly 400 college and universities from the US and abroad will attend to meet and recruit Long Trail students.  In addition to the formal junior meeting, students and their parents are encouraged to access the director of college counseling as often as needed.

 

10th Grade

Similar to the 9th grade year, students in the 10th grade should continue to focus on developing interests and getting the best grades possible in the most appropriately challenging courses.  Tenth graders will get their first exposure to college testing when they take the PSAT for their first time in October.  The results from the PSAT are returned in December and students should attend the college night to have the results explained and understand the implications of their score. Between a year’s worth of grades and PSAT scores, a preliminary concept of a student’s college options begins to emerge.  At this point, students thinking about applying to selective colleges and universities should consider, after consulting with the IB Coordinator, going for the IB Diploma. Students and their parents or guardians should always feel free to contact the director of college counseling if they have any questions about planning for the college search process.

 

9th grade

It is important to get a good start to one’s high school academic career.  Students in the 9th grade can really help themselves in the long term but earning the best grades possible and building a base for a strong grade point average. They should develop their academic interests as well as participate in activities outside the classroom, such as theatre, sports, clubs, or work. Students and their parents or guardians should always feel free to contact the director of college counseling if they have any questions about planning for the college search process.

 

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