January Junior and Parent College Night - Information Meeting for juniors and parents is held. Individual meetings with college counselors begin after this meeting (held the week students return from winter break.
Fill out Junior Year Questionnaire
Students schedule first college counseling session with a counselor. Create testing plan/strategy and develop a broad, realistic, and appropriate list of colleges to investigate further.
After the first meeting with a student, a family meeting may be scheduled.
Registration begins for senior year courses. All juniors are strongly encouraged to review their proposed senior schedules with one of the college counselors. The strength of a senior’s schedule can play a significant role in admissions decisions at competitive colleges and universities.
FEBRUARY AND MARCH
February Presidents’ Day Holiday weekend is a good time to make other exploratory college visits.
Enter a preliminary list of colleges you want to learn about under the “Colleges I’m Thinking About” tab in Naviance
Talk with a counselor about possible college visits during spring break.
Spring Break can be a good time to start visiting some college campuses. If colleges are in session, visit classes in addition to taking tours.
APRIL AND MAY
-Attend second college counseling session with a counselor.
-Update your Naviance “Colleges I’m Thinking About” list.
-May SAT and/or Subject Tests
-NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) College Fair
-May optional meeting with Deans from Highly Selective Admissions Offices
-Contact all colleges you are exploring to get on their mailing list.
-End of May Mock Admissions Program
-June SAT or Subject Tests
-June ACT date
-Keep investigating. Read, talk to current students, and visit college campuses (schedule interviews where appropriate). Begin to narrow down your list of appropriate possibilities.
-Read and organize application materials.
-Start Common Application.
-Attend Essay Writing Workshop.
-Submit Essay Draft and Resume to college counseling
-Register for fall standardized testing.
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
-Attend the college application workshop for senior class during the registration period.
-Attend Senior College Night.
-Complete Senior Year Questionnaire.
-Schedule meeting with your counselor to update them on your process and develop plan of action for the fall. You will review the essay you submitted before school began.
-Start making application plans, early action, or early decision. Be aware of schools with rolling admissions.
-Parents to complete Parent Questionnaire
-Attend Senior College Night sponsored by College Counseling.
-Attend sessions with visiting college admissions officers at MBA throughout the fall.
-Attend evening programs sponsored by colleges at locations throughout the city. Invitations are posted outside College Counseling and are listed in Daily announcements.
-Work hard in your courses—first semester grades count!
-Begin submitting rolling applications.
Early October: notify your counselor of the schools to which you are applying to through early decision or early action program(s).
SAT or SAT Subject Tests
If your family is applying for financial aid, attend Financial Aid Workshop. Prepare to submit CSS Profile forms and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid application deadlines often mirror admissions application deadlines. Plan to submit financial aid applications as soon as possible and before November 1st if student is applying ED or EA.
If you are applying for financial aid, file the CSS PROFILE Registration Form.
Consult with your counselor regarding essay drafts and final list of applications.
Have test scores sent to your schools.
Verify college list in Naviance to ensure transcripts & recommendations can be submitted.
November 1 and 15: Deadlines for Early Action and Early Decision applications.
SAT or SAT Subject Tests
Continue submitting Rolling Applications.
Start working on applications with January deadlines.
Early December: Finalize your regular decision College List in Naviance to ensure transmission of supporting materials.
SAT or SAT Subject Tests
Receive early decision/early action decisions.
Notify and thank teachers who wrote letters for you.
Finish applications with January and February deadlines.
January 1 and 15: Meet appropriate application deadlines.
February 1: Meet appropriate application deadlines.
Update colleges about anything that has happened since you submitted your application.
Colleges begin notification of RD admission decisions. Most highly selective schools will notify near end of the month.
All decisions should be received by mid-April. If you have done all you are supposed to do, you will have choices.
Decision-making time. Consult counselors, friends, current students, and family.
Attend Open Houses for Admitted Students.
If you have been wait-listed and wish to pursue admission to that institution, see your counselor for appropriate guidelines and procedures.
May 1: National Candidates’ Reply Date—Notify all colleges to which you are admitted where you have decided to matriculate.
AP Exams will be administered during two weeks in May. Send your results to the college you will attend.
Request that a final transcript be sent to the college you have chosen by turning in the College Admissions Summary
Continue to work. Colleges do look at your final senior grades—your matriculation is contingent on continued academic performance through the end of the senior year.
Inform and thank teachers who wrote your letters of recommendation.
Graduate. Congratulations and Good Luck!