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Planning Timelines

Eleventh-Grade Planner


  • Discuss your college plans with your school counselor, parents or another trusted adult.
  • Review your transcript to make sure you’re on track to graduate and be admitted.
  • Check out March 2 Success, a free web site that can help you in language arts, mathematics, and science.
  • Talk about college cost, location, housing and other subjects with your parents.
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities and community volunteer work. Take leadership roles if possible.


  • Make a list of schools you’re interested in attending.
  • Start investigating sources of financial aid. Take note of deadlines and plan accordingly.
  • Visit college fairs, open houses and school’s web sites.


  • Take the PSAT. It’s good practice for the SAT and may qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship.
  • Consider taking ACT and SAT prep courses. Kentucky requires all juniors in public high schools to take the ACT.


  • Ask your counselor about the Governor’s Scholars Program.


  • Keep checking out the colleges in which you’re interested.
  • Use Affording Higher Education and the Scholarship Search link on kheaa.com to search for scholarships. The sooner you start looking, the easier it will be to select some to apply to during your senior year.
  • Check out registration dates and times for the ACT and SAT if you want to take them in the spring.


  • Meet with your counselor to set your senior schedule. Don’t take easy classes.
  • Talk with your counselor about AP, IB, CAI and dual credit courses.
  • Talk with people who may be willing to write recommendations for scholarships and colleges. If they’re willing to help, give them a brief list of your academic, extracurricular and volunteer activities for reference.


  • Look for a summer job, internship or co-op. Summer employment and internships look good on a college application or résumé. The money you earn can help pay application and testing fees.
  • Plan campus visits for spring break.


  • Get ready for AP exams.
  • Work on your college admissions résumé, which highlights your high school accomplishments. It will help when you fill out applications, meet with interviewers, ask for recommendations and apply for scholarships.


  • Take AP exams.
  • The deadline to accept or decline a Governor’s Scholars appointment is usually early May.


  • Talk with college students home for the summer.
  • Check your KEES award, GPA and personal information through MyKHEAA.