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College Application Timeline

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  1. Junior Year (Winter)
    • Register and take the ACTs (February).
    • Start to research colleges/universities through websites, catalogues, videos, brochures, etc.

     

  2. Junior Year (Spring)
    • Navigate Naviance
    • Register and take SATs (May).
    • Submit college essay for review.
    • Continue to research colleges/universities through websites, catalogues, videos, brochures, etc.
    • Attend college fairs.
    • Begin visiting colleges/universities.

     

  3. Junior Year (Summer Break)
    • Prepare to take the SAT again (August and/or October)
    • Visit schools and begin to narrow down your choices of schools to which you want to apply.

     

  4. Senior Year (September – November) 
    • Request letters of recommendation from teachers.
    • Register and take the SATs.
    • Continue to visit schools and college fairs in order to narrow down final choices for application.
    • Begin working on college application and finalize essays and personal statements
    • Submit early decision/early action application packets to the guidance department by October 14th.
    • Submit regular admission application packets to the guidance department by November 13th.
    • Submit the NCAA Clearinghouse form if you intend on playing Division I or Division II athletics in college (if necessary).
    • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for financial aid purposes (October)

     

  5. Senior Year (December – February)
    • Confirm with counselor that midyear grades are being sent to schools to which you applied
    • Continue to apply for any scholarships for which you qualify

     

  6. Senior Year (March/April)
    • Await acceptance decisions and financial aid packages awarded by colleges
    • Revisit or visit colleges to assist in making a final decision
    • Notify colleges of your decision

     

  7. Senior Year (May)
    • Notify your counselor of all acceptances, scholarships awarded, and final decision so final transcript can be sent

     

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