College Planning Tips

Helping our kids get into a good college can seem like an overwhelming task, so Independent College Consultant, Marie Morris, stopped by to help simplify the process.

 Fall to-do list:


  • Finish essay and/or insight resume and any other short answer questions.  Get the writing parts of the application done now.
  • Identify which academic teachers to ask for recommendations and ask them NOW.
  • Register for ACT, SAT or subject tests -- if necessary -- one last time.
  • Create an activities resume, listed in order of importance (not chronologically).
  • Start filling out college admissions applications.  Check the supplements and get that writing done.
  • Search for scholarships.
  • 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 and 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" between parents and children.
  • Search for scholarships.
  • Consider joining a new club or taking a leadership position.


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