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Chapter 10. Supporting Your Teenagers > Finding the Right College

Finding the Right College

More than four million families in the United States have at least one student enrolled in college. If you have a highschooler who is interested in pursuing higher education, then finding the right college is a major decision that requires a lot of time and is deserving of some special attention when it comes to organizing your family's schedule. If you and your student follow the timeline in Table 10.3, you'll be well on your way to a successful college search and application process. Schedule all of the appropriate items into your family's planner and keep in mind that many of the steps take hours or even days to complete.

Table 10.3. College Search Timeline
Junior Year of High School
OctoberTake PSAT.
MarchRegister for April ACT.

Register for May SAT.

Review practice ACTs and SATs.
March/AprilGet preliminary college ideas with guidance counselor. Visit colleges during your high school's spring break.
AprilTake ACT.

Plan senior year course selection.

Register for June SAT or SAT II.

Review practice SATs or SAT IIs.
MayRegister for June ACT, if you didn't take April ACT. Take SAT.
JuneTake SAT or SAT II. Take ACT, if you didn't take April ACT.
July/AugustVisit colleges.

Request college application forms.

Request financial aid forms.

Construct a personal and academic résumé.

Prepare for possible college admission interviews.

Prepare for college admission essay questions.



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