College Timeline

Navigating high school can be difficult, especially when you are trying to consider all of the different pathways available to you: 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, vocational/trade school, full-time employment, gap years, the list goes on. At TCAN, we want to make sure we support you through every step of the way, so we have put together a recommended timeline for your high school years. Following this timeline will put you on a good track to pursue postsecondary pathways, but these are just general guidelines! Your high school experience is your own, and we hope to be there for you with whatever you choose to do.

Test Optional

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and movements toward social justice and educational equity, close to 75% of colleges and universities have adopted test-optional or test-free policies, including every major public and private college and university in New Jersey. Some of the policies are permanent, while others may shift in the coming years. Check out the listing of Test Optional institutions on the FairTest website.

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade