Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Monitor your academic progress.
  • Become involved in a wide variety of activities.
  • Review your four year high school plan.
  • Choose meaningful summer activities.
  • If you have not done so already, start a college savings account or general future savings.

Sophomore Year

  • This is a great year for personal growth.
  • Continue to monitor academic progress.
  • Continue to be involved in wide variety of activities and develop leadership skills.
  • Start to explore and discuss college/post high school plans as a family.
  • Again review your four year high school plan.
  • Choose meaningful summer activities.

Junior Year 

  • Considering taking the PSAT (October) as a practice SAT.
  • Read the Notre Dame Academy College Handbook cover to cover.
  • Register in advance and prepare for tests in spring (ACT, SAT). Consider a prep course.
  • Attend Junior Conferences in March.
  • Visit with College Representatives that visit NDA.
  • Research colleges and consider attending a college fair (Xavier High School in March).
  • Develop a list of colleges, re-evaluating & refining it as you do your research.
  • Continue monitoring your academic progress. Since college applications are completed in the fall of the senior year, second semester Junior grades are the last and most important grades that colleges will see.
  • Continue involvement with current activities and develop leadership skills.
  • Visit colleges in spring and summer. If you visit during the summer and there are no students on campus, consider revisiting colleges you are seriously considering when classes are in session.
  • Choose meaningful activities for your summer months.
  • Consider who you will ask to write letters of recommendation.
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if planning to play Division I or Division II sports.
  • Work on a high school resume over the summer.
  • Start researching scholarships. Although students will complete the majority of scholarship applications starting in December of their senior year, the earlier you research the better.

Senior Year — Fall

  • Begin filling out college applications and writing essays, turning in everything that needs to be sent out before Christmas (applications with a December 31st or January 1st deadline) at least 1 week before Christmas Break to Student Services to ensure that they can be processed in advance of the deadline.
  • Schedule a meeting with Ms. Bain to discuss your list of colleges and ask questions.
  • Request your transcripts be sent to colleges you’ve applied to by using Naviance.
  • Inform Student Services if you are applying Early Action or Early Decision. Most early application deadlines are either November 1st or November 15th.
  • Ask teachers for recommendation letters at least 4 weeks in advance.
  • Finalize your high school resume so you can give it to teachers writing recommendation letters.
  • Re-take ACT or SAT test, registering in advance.
  • Work hard. Colleges may be interested in your first semester senior grades.
  • Continue visiting colleges and doing your research.
  • Listen to announcements for college visits & sign up in Student Services.
  • Register with the NCAA clearinghouse if you have not done so already.
  • Attend the SNC College fair and/or attend local financial aid information workshops if more information is needed.
  • Continue researching and applying for scholarships.

Senior Year – Spring

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be processed as early as 1/1.
  • Decision letters start arriving if you have not already heard, so watch for them.
  • Continue applying to colleges if you are not finished.
  • Talk with Alumni and current students who are attending the college where you are applying.
  • Avoid senioritis! If you are waitlisted, the college they may ask to see your 1st semester or spring grades.
  • Continue to look for and apply for scholarships.
  • Mid-year reports and semester grades are submitted to colleges by Student Services only upon request.
  • Please let Student Services know if a college contacts you with a request for missing materials.
  • Discuss with Student Services or call the appropriate office if you have questions about admission decisions or financial aid.
  • Review college responses with your family.
  • Visit schools again to help with your final decision.
  • Notify colleges where you are on the wait list (if you still have interest) that you would like them to continue their consideration of your application.
  • Make final college decision.
  • Observe May 1st, National Candidate Reply Date. Accept an offer from one college only. Send in deposit to a school where you have been admitted, even if you are still on a waitlist at another school.
  • Decline in writing any other offers of admission.
  • Report final college decision to Student Services along with all scholarship offers and accepted scholarships.
  • You are finished…Congratulations! Good luck in the future!