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College Prep Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements.
  • Create a four-year high school curriculum plan to satisfy your goals.

Sophomore Year

  • Take the PLAN test in the fall.
  • Schedule courses that follow the college prep guidelines.
  • Attend the Career Planning Workshop to be conducted in sophomore English classes.

Junior year

  • Attend College Planning Sessions for students.
  • Have parents attend College Information Night.
  • Have parents attend the Financial Aid Workshop in January.
  • Take the ACT and SAT in the spring.
  • Begin making spring college visits to the schools that are of interest to you.

Senior year

  • Send for and complete college applications.
  • Sign up for a Senior College Planning Refresher Seminar.
  • Register for and take the October & November ACT and SAT.
  • Have parents attend the College Information Night - Senior Edition.
  • Attend area college fairs and meet with college reps at school.
  • Visit colleges that you are considering.
  • Request recommendations if required by colleges. Don't forget to send thank you notes.
  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop for Parents.
  • Complete FAFSA and mail as soon after January 1 as possible.
  • Complete scholarship applications.
  • Take AP exams, if applicable.

Elsa Jedick Kottmann

Class of 2003

I loved the way the faculty and staff not only knew my name, but knew my family, my interests and were even praying for me in difficult circumstances.


Lutheran West
3850 Linden Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116-4099

Phone: 440.333.1660
Fax: 440.333.1729

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