College coaches understand that not all student-athletes perform the same on tests. They do, however, know the difference between trying hard and being lackadaisical. The harder a student-athlete works in school along with his attendance record is strongly considered by colleges prior to a scholarship being offered. Coaches do believe there is a correlation between effort in the classroom and effort on the ballfield. Dedication and reliability go hand-in-hand.
HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC TIMELINE
Use this timeline to help make sure you're accomplishing everything you need to academically and...on time.
- Take a solid course load of classes. This means taking courses in all 5 academic areas: English, Social Studies, Math, Science and a Foreign Language.
- Get off to a good start with your grades. The grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school GPA and class rank.
- Get involved in activities at your high school or in the community.
- Continue to take a solid course load including classes in the 5 academic areas.
- Work hard to insure good grades in 10th grade.
- In October, take the PLAN test (preliminary ACT).
- Make sure you are taking a core curriculum that meets NCAA requirements.
- Stay involved in extra-curricular activities.
- In the summer before your junior year, visit some colleges near your home to see what types of colleges you might want to attend.
- Take classes in all 5 academic areas.
- Take the PSAT in October
- Make sure you have a social security number.
- Start considering what type of college you might want to attend.
- Take a practice SAT and a practice ACT.
- Register for the March SAT and the April ACT.
- Study and prepare for the tests.
- Begin visiting colleges.
- Evaluate your test scores. If you need to increase your scores, consider taking a class or hiring a tutor that will focus in on your specific needs. Remember, you can take the SAT multiple times. Your highest score will be taken for each section.
- Register for Fall SAT or ACT.
- Complete the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse form if you hope to play D-I or D-II baseball.
- Continue visiting colleges.
- Try to narrow your college list to five to eight colleges.
- Begin preparing for the application process by working on application essays.
- Register for the October SAT or ACT exam if necessary.
- Mark your calendar with important dates and deadlines for application and financial aid deadlines.
- Get started on your applications right away particularly if you plan to apply Early Decision or Early Action.
- Consider filling out the Common Application. Many schools accept this application and it will save you time.
- Ask your counselor about local scholarships and search for other scholarships that match your skills and interests.
- Give recommendation forms to the teachers you have chosen, along with stamped, self-addressed envelopes so your teachers can send them directly to the colleges. Be sure to fill out your name, address, and school name on the top of the form.
- Be sure you have requested that your test scores be sent to the the colleges of your choice.
- Make sure you have requested that your test scores be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
- Mail or email any college applications for early decision admission by November 1.
- Print extra copies of every application you send.
- Continue working hard in your classes. Colleges will be looking at your senior year grades in making admissions decisions.
- Keep track of your college applications and deadlines to make sure that everything is submitted on time.
- Most regular decision applications are due in January. Be sure all the necessary materials have been sent and received including applications, test scores, and recommendations.
- You and your parents should prepare tax returns as early as possible - income and asset figures from your tax returns are needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA).
- Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. File your FAFSA online and always before the priority financial aid deadlines set by your colleges.
- Male students who will be 18 at the time they complete the FAFSA must register with the Selective Service.
- Colleges like to see strong second semester grades, so avoid senioritis. Colleges can and do revoke acceptances if a student stops working to their normal ability.
- Continue to search for scholarships and ask your counselor about local scholarships.
- Most admission decisions and financial aid award letters will arrive by now. Make note of all reply deadlines.
- Review financial aid packages.
- Send the enrollment form and deposit check to the college of your choice.
- Study for the May AP Exams.
- Take the appropriate AP Exams. Have your scores sent to the college you chose.
- Send thank you notes to teachers and other mentors that wrote you recommendations.
- Have your final high school transcript sent to your college.
- Have your final high school transcript sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
- Notify your college of any scholarships received.