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College Planning

The college application represents the cumulative effort of a four year process, if not longer. To help each student present their absolute best on their applications, we have developed a college timeline that describes in detail how best to stay on top of the process and what to expect along the way. Please read below for an abridged version of the timeline that details the major milestones.

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College Profile


Freshman Year

  • Establish rapport with college counselor.

Sophomore Year

  • Take PSAT and Planned Assessment. Analyze results to identify areas that need improvement. Decide if the SAT, ACT, or both is the right test for you. Most colleges accept both options.
  • Begin taking SAT Subject Tests if desired.
  • Create standardized testing schedule.

Junior Year

  • Take standardized tests
  • Familiarize yourself with Naviance. Fill out all worksheets and surveys on Naviance.
  • Attend college fair.
  • Create a preliminary list of colleges to visit
  • Ask for letters of recommendations from teachers

Summer before Senior Year

  • Visit colleges
  • Draft college essay(s)
  • Continue taking Standardized tests
  • Attend College Fair

Senior Year

  • Attend college fair
  • Speak to admissions officers invited to Waldorf
  • Finalize college list
  • Finish taking Standardized tests
  • Finish college essays
  • Submit Applications
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Wait for acceptance letters
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