College Counseling Timeline

September–May

Class IV Year

  • Students focus on academics and class coursework
  • Students explore range of extracurriculars

June

Class IV Year

  • Possibly take SAT Subject test
    (in consultation with teacher)

September–May

Class III Year

  • Students continue to focus on coursework and extracurriculars

October

Class III Year

  • Parents’ Weekend—”Informal Q&A with College Office” for parents

March

Class III Year

  • Students take practice ACT

June

Class III Year

  • Possibly take SAT Subject test
    (in consultation with teacher)

September–October

Class II Year

  • College Mini Fairs, where students can learn about schools from college admission officers
  • PSAT
  • Parents’ Weekend—introduction to the college counselors

January–March

Class II Year

  • College Counseling Kick-off
  • Begin meeting with college counselors

March

Class II Year

  • Begin visiting colleges

Spring Semester

Class II Year

  • Standardized testing
  • Be aware of colleges’ visit programs that might be of interest

April

Class II Year

  • BISCCA College Fair at Milton—meet and talk with admission officers from more than 100 colleges and universities

May

Class II Year

  • College Office assembly on essay writing
  • AP Exams

June–August

Class I Year

  • Begin writing essays and supplements
  • Common Application available in August

August–September

Class I Year

  • Visit colleges
  • Be aware of colleges’ visit program deadlines

August–December

Class I Year

  • Standardized testing, if needed
  • Meetings with college counselors

September and October

Class I Year

  • College Mini Fairs, where students can learn about schools from college admission officers

October

Class I Year

  • CSS/Profile and FAFSA available

October and November

Class I Year

  • Deadlines for early decision and early action applications

Fall and Spring Semesters

Class I Year

  • Apply for scholarships

December–January

Class I Year

  • Notification of early application decisions

January and February

Class I Year

  • Deadlines for regular decision application

March–April

Class I Year

  • Notification of regular admission decisions

May 1

Class I Year

  • National reply date