Admissions Consulting

Victory Step has helped thousands of high school students in the DFW, Irving, Plano, Frisco, Houston and North Virginia area gain admission to their top-choice schools, and our knowledgeable college consultants can be the valuable resource you need to differentiate your application.

College Admissions Timeline

It can often be overwhelming to determine what needs to be done when during the college admissions process. Getting into college is the culmination of several years of school work, extracurricular activities, and testing, and it's important to have an idea of when to begin each part of the process. We've put together a college admissions timeline to make things as convenient as possible for you. While this timeline is very general, it will serve as a good guide to help get you moving in the right direction. Victory Step college admissions counselors have the resources and knowledge to walk you through the entire process as efficiently as possible. We've helped thousands of kids in the Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth, Plano, Frisco, Houston and North Virginia Area get into their top choice schools, and we'd love to be an important resource for you.

Freshman Year

First Semester
  • 1.) Take challenging classes
  • 2.) Work hard to ensure your grades are as high as possible – your GPA is already starting to affect you
  • 3.) Join clubs and organizations that are interesting to you
  • 4.) Volunteer as many community service hours as you can, working in areas that are interesting to you professionally
  • 5.) Save money for college
Second Semester
  • 1.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, and save money for college
  • 2.) Run for leadership positions in the clubs and organizations, if that is allowed at your school
  • 3.) Some students prefer to begin studying for the PSAT or the ASPIRE

Sophomore Year

First Semester
  • 1.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, and save money for college
  • 2.) Pursue interests. What college majors will be interesting to you? Read books and watch shows about different jobs to begin to understand your passions. Remember that you can start to work towards your educational goals while in high school, too: join clubs that are interesting to you, tailor your community service hours, and seek networking opportunities.
  • 3.) Begin preparation for the PSAT or the ASPIRE. Test prep may help you.
Second Semester
  • 1.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, save money for college, and prepare for the PSAT or the ASPIRE.
  • 2.) Start to think about what is important to you in a college. Is there a particular region you would like to live in? Are there certain clubs, majors, or team sports that you would like to participate in while in college? What sort of networking opportunities would you like to be exposed to? Don’t forget to consider budget as well.
  • 3.) Attend college fairs to begin to get an understanding of what colleges you could apply to
  • 4.) Sign up for and take the PSAT or the ASPIRE. Continue to study to work on your weak spots.

Junior Year

Summer
  • 1.) Research SAT/ACT test prep options
  • 2.) Begin preparation for the SAT or ACT
  • 3.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, and save money for college
First Semester
  • 1.) Begin to network with your teachers, as you will need them to write recommendation letters for you
  • 2.) Begin to prepare heavily for the SAT or ACT
  • 3.) Sign up for SAT or ACT prep classes
  • 4.) Take the PSAT or ASPIRE for the second time
  • 5.) Determine a loose list of schools you would like to attend for college. If possible, make a campus visit to one of your schools
  • 6.) Determine the college major you would like to pursue
  • 7.) Search for scholarship opportunities
  • 8.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, save money for college, and attend college fairs.
Second Semester
  • 1.) Prepare for the SAT or ACT
  • 2.) Take the SAT or ACT for the first time
  • 3.) Finalize the schools you will be applying to. If possible, make a campus visit to another school on your list
  • 4.) Apply for any scholarships with deadlines before your senior year
  • 5.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, save money for college.

Senior Year

Senior year: Summer
  • 1.) Research the exact admissions deadlines for the schools of your choice
  • 2.) Begin work on college admissions essays
  • 3.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, and save money for college
Senior year: First semester
  • 1.) Take the SAT or ACT again if your score was not high enough
  • 2.) Write college admissions essays
  • 3.) Ask teachers for letters of recommendation
  • 4.) Apply to schools with early admissions deadlines
  • 5.) Apply to scholarships with fall deadlines
  • 6.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, and save money for college
Senior year: Second semester
  • 1.) Apply to any remaining colleges
  • 2.) Prepare for interviews
  • 3.) Continue to take challenging courses, make high grades, participate in clubs and organizations, volunteer, and save money for college. Your final year is no time to stop!

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