College Process by Grade
- October : PSAT (for practice)
- June : Class meeting with the college counselor
- October : Parents Weekend: Junior Parent and Student Workshop
- October : PSAT/NMSQT test
- By October : Naviance software introduction for juniors and parents
- November : NACAC National College Fair in Washington, D.C.
- November : College Counseling Questionnaires due
- December–May: SAT-I Reasoning, ACT, and SAT-II Subject Tests taken for the first time. Juniors will have one administration of the SAT-I and ACT prior to the end of the school year.
- January–May: College Counseling 101 class once a week
- February–May: Individual college counseling sessions once a month, including in-class meetings and college résumé conferences.
- March–May: English classes will write a first draft college essay based on Common Application essay prompts
- June : “Long List” of colleges created before the end of the school year
Summer Between Junior And Senior Year
(On your own)
- Visit college campuses; interview if possible.
- Continue research on colleges. Surf websites and use Naviance.
- Take SAT/ACT prep classes or complete online study.
- Read! Read! Read!
- Work on refining and polishing college essay(s).
- August 1: Begin completing the Common Application. Save each section as you progress.
- August –September : Individual post-summer counseling sessions
- September : “Short List” of colleges with deadlines, testing requirements, and target dates set
- September : Ask teachers for recommendations
- September : Senior English IV classes write experiential essay or another Common Application essay
- September–December: College Counseling 101 class once a week
- September–January: At least three opportunities to re-take SAT-I, SAT-II and/or ACT
- September–April: Continue college visits (on your own)
- October : Parents Weekend: Senior Parent and Student Individual Meetings
- October : Senior college visits during Fall Long Weekend (two days off from school)
- October–November: Early decision (ED) and/or early action (EA) applications completed and mailed (or sent via Naviance)
- December: Colleges mail ED decisions to applicants
- December : All regular admission (RA)/regular decision (RD) applications completed
- December : Online Financial Aid Webinars via GoToMeeting.com for parents. Four identical sessions offered at various times throughout the day.
- January–April: Colleges mail “rolling” and “regular” decisions to applicants
- January–February: Families complete and submit college financial aid applications
- March–May: Individual meetings with college counselor to check on decision-making process. Individual phone appointments encouraged for parents as progress is made.
- May : National Candidate Reply Date. Submit deposits and commitment forms to colleges to confirm enrollment and financial aid.