The college application process is dictated by time and deadlines. To minimize stress and avoid missed opportunities, it’s essential that you pay attention to the activities you might want to be focusing on each season.

To take out the guessing and help you out with that timing, below is what you should be focusing on in November according to your grade level!


Congratulations on submitting your application! 

This is a wonderful achievement. Remember, as you begin to hear news (good, bad, or otherwise) from the colleges, we want to hear from you! And if you still have work to do to complete your applications, we are here to help!

  • Once you have submitted an application, you should receive a follow-up email from the college. Read the email and all emails from that college. They contain important information.
  • After you submit an application, the college might ask you to create a portal on their website. Do this to track your application and make sure that the college receives all of the parts of your application, including your transcript, test scores if relevant, letters of recommendation, and other pieces.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all parts of the application are received by each college.

*list adapted from IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association).


  • Continue your research on colleges and plan to visit campuses. 
  • Make a list of campuses you’d like to visit.
  • If you don’t have time to see all your potential schools in person, take some time to scrutinize their websites or attend a virtual visit. It may not give you the full vibe of the campus, but these resources shouldn’t be overlooked. Many colleges have really improved their online content in the wake of COVID.  


  • Many of you have just recently taken the PSAT and the results will be released in early December. These scores can help you learn more about your strengths and weaknesses and serve as a guide for preparing for the actual SAT.
  • Also consider this: You may be better suited to take the ACT. Or you may opt to apply test-optional!
  • The best way to know which test (if either) is best for you is to take a diagnostic test.
  • We offer a FREE opportunity for you to take a diagnostic. Simply click here to email us “free test diagnostic” and we’ll send you the details.


As you complete your first semester in high school, find some quiet time and ask yourself these questions:

  • How am I doing in my classes? 
  • How do I get more support/tutoring if I need it?
  • How am I getting involved in something outside of academics (remember this can be in school, the community, your church, etc.) 
  • Finding the balance between academics and extra-curricular life is very important as is discovering what you truly enjoy!