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10th Grade Timeline for College Planning


Tenth-Grade Planner




  • Discuss your college plans with your school counselor, parents or another trusted adult.
  • Review your transcript to make sure you’re on track to graduate and be admitted.
  • Use your ILP to check out career goals and interests.
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities and community volunteer work. Take leadership roles if possible.




  • Become familiar with general college admission requirements.
  • Work hard and develop good study habits. The better your grades, the more KEES money you can earn.
  • Make notes in your college access file about awards, accomplishments and volunteer work.




  • Start a file for information about schools you’re interested in attending, financial aid and campus life.
  • Read as many books as possible from a comprehensive reading list. It’s one of the best ways of preparing for the ACT and for college.




  • Work on your writing skills. No matter what you do in life, you’ll probably have to write.
  • Start thinking about financial aid. Review the Paying for College section on
  • If you live in the Fifth Congressional District, ask your counselor about the Rogers Scholars Program.




  • Check out March 2 Success, a free website that can help you in language arts, mathematics, and science.
  • Write colleges to ask for their academic requirements for admission.




  • Sign up for challenging classes as a junior. It may help with scholarships and getting into the school of your choice.
  • Talk with your counselor about AP, IB and dual credit courses.
  • Continue to explore interests and careers that you think you might like.
  • Keep your grades up so you can have the highest GPA and class rank possible.




  • Begin zeroing in on the type of college you would prefer (two-year or four-year, small or large, rural or urban).
  • If you’re interested in a military academy, start planning and getting information.
  • Write colleges and ask for their academic requirements for admission.




  • Visit a few college campuses and attend college fairs.




  • Keep putting away money for college.
  • Consider a summer job. You can save money for college and maybe find out more about your career interests.




  • Keep learning all summer. Check with your counselor to see what summer classes are available in your area.
  • Chat with college students home for the summer, especially if they attend a college you’re considering.