The Ultimate College Planning Checklist



Here’s A Roundup of College Checklists For Every Stage of the College Prep Process

It may be summer vacation, but college prep rarely takes a break. Whether you’re getting ready for your first year of high school or preparing for your last, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about your college admissions goals and how to achieve them.

One of the biggest challenges college bound families face is staying on track for the admissions process senior year. From testing timelines to college visits and application deadlines, it can be hard to keep track of everything that you need to do each year and when.

We believe starting early and staying organized is key to college admissions success. This is why we’ve developed a number of college planning checklists to help families better prepare for the college application season.

Not sure what you need to do this summer? Or this fall? Or even next year? Here’s every college planning checklist you’ll ever need to carry you from freshman year all the way through graduation senior year!

Checklists by Grade: College Planning Checklists for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Navigating the college admissions process can be difficult, so it’s important to start early. Even if you’re not a senior, there’s plenty that you can do now to prepare for application season.

  • When to take standardized tests
  • How to research for your college list
  • When to go on college visits
  • How to stay organized during the process
  • When to start brainstorming for your personal statement and supplements
  • Plus much, much more!


Checklists by Month

January College Planning Checklist

February College Planning Checklist

March College Planning Checklist

April College Planning Checklist

May College Planning Checklist

June College Planning Checklist

July College Planning Checklist

August College Planning Checklist

September College Planning Checklist

October College Planning Checklist

November College Planning Checklist

December College Planning Checklist


Checklists by Season

Summer College Prep Checklist for All Grades

Summer Planning Checklist For Rising College Freshmen

Early Decision College Application Checklist

School Graduation Checklist


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