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College Planning Timelines

Both parents and students have plenty to do throughout the college search and applications process. These timelines can give you some great help to figure out what you should be doing and when, all throughout a student's high school years.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

12th Grade: College Planning Timeline

Senior year is often an extremely busy time, with schoolwork, activities, and special events. Be sure to stay on track with the college admissions process.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

12th Grade: Help Your Child Prepare for College

Once your child reaches senior year, the college search kicks up a notch and will sometimes feel like a full-time job.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

10th Grade: College Planning Timeline

During the 10th grade, you’ll want to stay on track with your high school classes and activities and begin to narrow down the plan for your future.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

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10th Grade: Help Your Child Prepare for College

Tenth grade is a banner year for most kids. For the most part, the classes your child takes this year will determine the courses your child will be qualified to take in grades 11 and 12.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

9th Grade: College Planning Timeline

If you're a 9th grader and you're thinking about college, you're way ahead of the game, but that's a good thing! Check out this timeline to know what you could be doing, even now, to help yourself out later on in your college search.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

9th Grade: Help Your Child Prepare for College

Parents, you may think it's early to start thinking about college when your child is just in 9th grade, but it's not! Check here to see some information on how you could be planning for college even now.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

11th Grade: Help Your Child Prepare for College

Eleventh grade! Junior year! This is when the college search can start to get into gear, parents! Check here for a timeline of how to help guide your eleventh grader through the college search process.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

11th Grade: College Planning Timeline

This is a key year in the college planning process because you’ll be taking standardized tests, narrowing down your college list, and learning more about financial aid. In addition, you’ll need to stay involved in your high school courses and activities.

By Peterson's Staff updated on October 14, 2013

Dos and Don'ts of Using College Rankings

College rankings can be valuable tools -- if you know how to use them best. Check out this list of dos and don'ts for using college rankings.

By Brendan Conway updated on August 27, 2013

Where Should I Be? - End of September

It's the end of September! The college admissions process is in full swing! So: where are you in the process? And perhaps more importantly, where should you be?

By Brendan Conway updated on January 29, 2013

College Rankings Aren't Everything

The importance of college rankings, like those from US News & World Report, is not always as great as you might think. In the end, what matters most is what college or university is right for you. Find out more about the importance of college rankings here.

By Brendan Conway updated on January 28, 2013

Ask the Experts: College List Planning

Read actual questions from students about college list planning and see answers and advice from college planning and admissions experts.

By Peterson's Staff updated on January 23, 2013
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