College Readiness and Planning Timeline

Preparing students to meet their college and career goals

At Saint Joseph's, we recognize that college planning and readiness is not an event or state, but rather a process.  At Saint Joseph's this process begins in the freshman year and culminates with the submission of competitive college applications in the senior year.

Below is a summary timeline that lists important activities and tasks that students complete during their four years at Saint Joseph's, in order to be best prepared to submit their college applications.  For more information, contact Ms. Maryann Lingenfelter, Director of College/Career Counseling, at mlingenfelter@sjcacademy.org or (814) 808-6118.

Freshman Year College Readiness Activities

  • Talk to Mrs. Lingenfelter about Saint Joseph's course selections that meet your interests, the Saint Joseph's graduation requirements, and (probable) requirements for your desired college path
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities at Saint Joseph's that are of interest to you
  • Carefully complete your career path assignment, which is included as part of the Freshman English curriculum
  • Take the PRE-ACT (Spring semester)
  • Research careers that interest you--using both online sources, shadow day experiences, and discussions with people in your desired field.
  • Check out additional online tips for high school freshmen for college readiness

Sophomore Year College Readiness Activities

  • Revisit with Mrs. Lingenfelter your Saint Joseph's course selections to ensure that they continue to meet your interests, the Saint Joseph's graduation requirements, and (probable) requirements for your desired college path
  • Stay involved in and try out new extracurricular activities at Saint Joseph's that are of interest to you
  • Take the PSAT (offered at Saint Joseph's as part of Scholarship Day)
  • Continue researching careers that interest you--using both online sources, shadow day experiences, and discussions with people in your desired field.
  • Check out additional online tips for high school sophomores for college readiness
  • If you want to play on an athletic team in college,
    • Meet with Dr. Rodkey, Saint Joseph's Athletic Director, to discuss your intentions
    • Speak with your Saint Joseph's coaches (if applicable)
    • Create your NCAA profile account

Junior Year College Readiness Activities

  • Revisit with Mrs. Lingenfelter your Saint Joseph's course selections to ensure that they continue to meet your interests, the Saint Joseph's graduation requirements, and (probable) requirements for your desired college path
  • Stay involved in and try out new extracurricular activities at Saint Joseph's that are of interest to you
  • Take the SAT/ACT (SAT is offered at Saint Joseph's as part of Scholarship Day)
  • Actively participate in and complete assignments in Saint Joseph's College Readiness Course (Spring semester)
  • Continue researching careers that interest you--using both online sources, shadow day experiences, and discussions with people in your desired field.
  • Create a list of colleges that are of interest to you
  • Have serious discussion with your parents/guardians regarding availability of  financial resources for your college plans.
  • Begin researching scholarship opportunities and requirements.  Some scholarships require that is apply for them during your Junior year.  Click here for information.
  • If you want to play on an athletic team in college, and have not already,
    • Meet with Dr. Rodkey, Saint Joseph's Athletic Director, to discuss your intentions
    • Speak with your Saint Joseph's coaches (if applicable)
    • Create your NCAA profile account

Summer Following Junior Year College Readiness Activities

  • Create a "Common Application" account and begin filling out the application
  • Compose a first draft of your college essay
  • Review your Saint Joseph's transcript (available from Mrs. Lingenfelter) and submit updates/corrections if needed
  • Visit college campuses
  • Fine tune your list of colleges to which you plan to apply and review their application requirements with special attention to additional essay requirements
  • Make a list of individuals whom you want to ask for a letter of recommendation
  • Take the SAT/ACT (again)
  • If you want to play on an athletic team in college, and have not already,
    • Meet with Dr. Rodkey, Saint Joseph's Athletic Director, to discuss your intentions
    • Speak with your Saint Joseph's coaches (if applicable)
    • Create your NCAA profile account

Senior Year College Readiness Activities (Fall semester)

  • Meet with Mrs. Lingenfelter by November 1st to discuss your college application status.
  • Take the SAT/ACT again, if needed
  • Polish up and finalize your college essay
  • Polish up and finalize additional application written response requirements (if needed)
  • Submit a complete application to each of your top 5 colleges by November 1st
  • Ask for letters of recommendation (per requirements of college applications)
  • Complete the FAFSA (even if you are not seeking financial aid for college)
  • Complete the PHEEA (if you are applying to colleges in PA)
  • Complete scholarship applications
  • If seeking to compete in college athletics, continue recruitment process and keep Dr. Rodkey (and your coaches, if applicable) abreast of your progress and/or reach out to him/them with any questions or concerns.
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