• College Planning Timetable

    MMHS School Counselors encourage early awareness and planning.  Through a systemic approach school counselors work with students and families to help guide them through the college planning and admissions process.  It is never too early to start planning for your future.

    Freshman Year

    •      Become familiar with Power School and Naviance 
    •      Keep track of your grades using Power School 
    •     Use Naviance to start looking up information about college and scholarships 
    •     Set academic goals for each school term – Create your four-year plan.
    •      Take demanding classes and make sure to get good grades
    •      Meet with your school counselor
    •      Participate in extra-curricular activities

    Sophomore Year

    •     Meet with your school counselor 
    •     Prepare to take the PSATS in October 
    •      Practice taking timed tests
    •      Register with the College Board to start the career and college exploration
    •      Make a list of schools you would like to explore 
    •     Go on as many college tours as possible  
    •     Schedule interviews and meetings with admission reps
    •     Participate in volunteer work and extracurricular activities
    •      Participate in summer educational programs

    Junior Year 

    •     Take the PSAT in October
    •      Use College Board and Naviance for researching different schools
    •     Meet with your school counselor to discuss future plans (invite parents).   
    •     Visit college campuses; take tours and schedule interview appointments.
    •     Keep a calendar of all the different test dates
    •     Continued academic improvement help make your application stand out. 
    •     Register for ACT, SAT, & SAT subject tests  spring SAT  (March, May or June)
    •     Sign up for your senior classes; take challenging courses.
    •     Focus on updating your resume to help  fill out applications during senior year.
    •     Study and take your AP courses seriously; qualifying scores = college credit.
    •      Ask your 2-3 teachers to write you a letter of recommendation for the fall.
    •      Start writing your college essay rough draft and have your teacher(s) edit it.
    •      Take summer college courses through Dual Enrollment or participate in a summer college program.

     Senior Year

    •    Start the college application process very early in the fall
    •     Retake the SAT in October; arrange to have test scores sent to colleges.
    •     Keep track of all  applications, financial aid & scholarship deadlines on a calendar.
    •    Prove to schools you are ready and organized by applying Early Action
    •    If you apply Early Action/Early Decision, most deadlines are Nov 1st or 15TH
    •    Meet with college admissions representatives who visit the Guidance Office
    •     Meet your school counselor early in the year to discuss your future
    •    Talk to your counselor about college, scholarships, and financial aid
    •    Student Athletes need to file the NCAA application for Division I or II schools.
    •    Complete your college application essay and have a teacher proof read it
    •    Send your SAT or ACT scores in online
    •     Have all apps completed no later than December 1st
    •     Have your parents complete the FAFSA after January 1st.
    •     Complete the CSS Profile if you are applying to any private colleges
    •     Apply for as many scholarships you are eligible for; Adhere to deadlines.
    •    Stay focused on your academics.
    •    Study hard for finals and AP exams.
    •    Attend open houses for top schools you want to attend 
    •    National Decision Day is May 1st – send your acceptance & a deposit
    •     Arrange for Guidance to send final transcript to your college.
    •     Graduate, celebrate and begin your future!