Applying to College: Eleventh Grade Checklist

School Year

Be sure to refer to the junior year “preparing for college” checklist.

Begin the college search process. Start here!

If you are able, visit colleges. Reach out to the admissions office to plan your visit.


Finalize your college list with a good balance of reach schools, likely schools, and safety schools.

Research the National College Match program and process and begin an application.

Track important dates for colleges you are applying to.

Start brainstorming topics for your college essays and writing first drafts.