Admission Timelines

Admission Timelines

Washington State College Academic
Distribution Requirements
English – 4 years
Math – 3 years (through at least Algebra 2)
Science – 2 years (lab based), including one of chemistry, biology or physics
Social Science – 3 years
World Language – 2 years
Fine Arts – 1 year
Senior year - math or algebra-based science
Grades 9 & 10
  • Plan your high school coursework to satisfy university admissions requirements (see chart above)
  • Utilize your Career Education class to explore your interests and post high school opportunities.
  • Concentrate on keeping your studies a priority.
  • Discuss your ideas with your family and friends. 
  • Speak to the PTHS Counselor about your interests, goals, and plans.
  • Consult college guidebooks and websites to learn about admission requirements.
  • Meet with university representatives, visit college campuses,  go to a College Fair.
  • Put forth as much effort as possible in the work you do.
  • Participate in community service activities that show your interests, leadership and involvement.
Grade 11 Timeline


  • Make sure you have chosen your classes carefully for the upcoming school year.
  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • Attend a College Fair to meet with university representatives.
  • Begin a list of colleges/universities that interest you.
  • Start a resume of your activities and accomplishments.
  • Register for the May or June SAT Reasoning Test or SAT Subject Tests, if needed.
  • Continue to research schools of interest.
  • Complete a practice application, including a draft essay.
  • Refine your list of schools. 
  • Begin thinking of teachers you might ask to write letters of recommendation.
  • Make arrangements for university visits if possible during the summer.
  • Meet regularly with the PTHS Counselor.
  • Take the May or June SAT, if needed.
  • Complete your “college portfolio” including: test results, final list of schools to which you will apply, your resume, a draft application essay, and names of possible references.
  • Visit campuses, continue to research universities that interest you, attend a summer program.
  • Research scholarship opportunities on the internet and inquire at the Financial Aid Offices of the colleges to which you will apply.
  • Meet with the PTHS Counselor to review your university/college plans.
  • Register for the SATs that you may need to take.
  • Approach teachers and ask for letters of recommendation.
  • Begin completing the applications, especially if an application is for Early Decision, Early Action, or if a university admits students on a “rolling” basis.
  • Continue to research scholarship opportunities.
  • Early Action/Early Decision applications should be finished this month and submitted at least two weeks before their deadline.
  • Complete your university essays.  Ask a teacher or counselor for feedback.
  • Take the October SAT, if needed.
  • Continue to meet with the PTHS Counselor
  • All applications with deadlines in December and January must be finished and submitted to the Counseling Office by the end of this month.
  • Take the November SAT, if necessary.
  • Follow-up each completed application by notifying the PTHS Counselor, having your test results sent, applying for university housing, and inquiring about institutional scholarships.


  • Applications that need to be sent before we leave for the December holiday are due by December 1.
  • Take the December SAT, if needed.
  • Follow-up each completed application by notifying the PTHS Counselor, having your test results sent, applying for university housing, and inquiring about institutional scholarships.
  • If a university gave you a “Mid-Year School Report” form, please fill out your section and turn it in to the PTHS Counselor.
January and February
  • Check the online status of your applications.
  • Check that all supporting information (including test scores) has been received by each school.
  • Make sure that your housing and financial aid applications have been received.
  • If you do not receive confirmation that your application was received, contact the university.
  • If you are a US citizen and will be requesting financial aid, have your parents complete and submit the FAFSA (financial aid form).
  • Students who will be studying internationally should begin researching the visa process of the host country.
February, March and April
  • Letters of acceptance begin to arrive. As you receive each decision, please notify the counselor.
  • Normally, you will have until about May 1 to make your final decision (except in the case of Early Decision applications).
  • If you are placed on a “wait list” see your counselor to review your options.
  • Once you’ve made your decision, notify all of the universities that accepted you whether you will be attending or not.
  • Maintain good grades. Your acceptance is contingent upon you completing Grade 12 satisfactorily. If your grades drop significantly, your acceptance may be withdrawn.