For students with talent and interest in athletics or the arts, applying to college requires extra preparation and planning. Your timing will be significantly earlier. Athletes will need to plan well in advance for meetings with college coaches, official visits and the recruitment process. Students with talent in the arts will need to plan for the additional requirements of auditions, portfolio review, and interviews that can necessitate significant additional preparation and attention to scheduling and deadlines.
Athletics: If you hope to play Division I or II sports in college, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the end of the year. And if you have not already, download the Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete at ncaa.org.
Arts: If you plan to study one of the arts in college, submission of supplementary materials demonstrating your talent requires thought and planning. You should be working on completing any audition tapes, art portfolios, theatre audition pieces or other special materials that may be required for admission to the programs you are considering.