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During the summer before 12th grade, students should:

During the Summer before 12th Grade, students should:

Visit colleges (virtually or in person). (June–August)

  • Try to visit a few more schools if you can. If you travel with your family, see if you can just walk around a college campus to get a feel for it, or try to shadow a student at the college.

Prepare for college essays. (June–August)

  • Either on your own or with your College Now advisor, review college essays that are bad, good and great. A quick Google search will provide some examples. College essays are TOUGH to write. Seeing ones that other students wrote can give you a sense of what colleges may (or may not) be impressed with and help you write your own essay.

Apply for external scholarships. (June–December)

  • Review your list of potential external scholarships and apply for those you qualify for.

Register for the SAT and/or ACT. (August–October)

  • If you didn’t register for your third SAT/ACT exam already in the spring, register now. If you plan to apply to college via the early admission process (with deadlines as early as November 1), you’ll want to take your third SAT/ACT exam in September or October to make sure your scores are ready when you submit your college applications. For regular admission, you can take the exam in November or December.

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