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Blog #5: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS - College Planning - Important Dates and Deadlines

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

College planning for high school seniors and juniors -

Important Dates and Deadlines 2021-2022

Senior College Planning Timeline Overview


  • Ensure that your school has submitted your Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation.

  • Finish completing college applications and essays.

  • Complete FAFSA and CSS profile.

  • Submit applications for early admission programs.

  • Check college deadlines for the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid profile.


  • Start researching summer internships and jobs related to your career interests.

  • Watch for early admissions notices.

  • Organize scholarships, certificates, articles, etc. to illustrate your achievements - and create a portfolio to display them.

  • Develop a resume to highlight your activities, achievements and work history.


  • Sign up for the ACT test by Jan 7. The test will be administered Feb. 12.

  • Complete any application not already due.

  • Encourage your parents to gather their tax documents early- tax information is required for FAFSA.

  • Re-check college deadlines for deadlines for the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid profile. One or both may be required in Feb.

  • Remember to look for the Student Aid Report from FAFSA, which will arrive in 1 to 10 days when submitted electronically.


  • Sign up for the SAT test by Feb. 11; the test will be administered March 12.

  • Sign up for the ACT test by Feb 25; the test will be administered April 2.

  • Did you file your FAFSA?


  • Sign up for the ACT test by March 8; test will be administered April 13.

  • Decision letters from colleges begin to arrive.

  • Visit colleges again if you are undecided about which one to choose.


  • Sign up for the SAT test by April 1; the test will be administered May 7.

  • Compare your offers of admission and financial aid. Discuss with family and counselors.

  • Research housing choices and meal plans at colleges.


  • Decision time - Which college will you attend?

Junior College Planning Timeline Overview

September - November

  • Evaluate and adjust course roadmap

  • Meet with academic advisor

  • Select manageable and challenging classes that you are interested in

  • Register and take PSAT, SAT or ACT Test

  • Meet with College Counselor

  • Research and build a college list for yourself, not your parents


  • Review your test scores from fall test and determine if you need to take second test

  • Prepare for a second SAT or ACT test if you aren't happy with the score

  • Make sure you have at least 60 hours of volunteer work completed

  • Determine who you want to write your college recommendation letters and ask them now

  • Start scholarship research

  • Get educated on financial aid merit vs need-based

  • Plan college visits for spring break, for in person visits.

  • Include virtual college visits in your research

  • Sign up for AP tests and discuss with academic advisor


  • Review your test scores from spring test and determine if you need to repeat test

  • Do you need test prep? Self paced? Hire a tutor? Attend a class?

  • Create a resume for summer jobs and college interviews

  • Visit colleges most important on your list

  • Do you want to take a GAP year? Investigate gap year programs

  • Create a productive summer plan

  • Meet with academic advisor regarding senior class lists and requirements

  • Take AP tests


  • Summer plans could include working, summer school, volunteer work, starting a business

  • Review your test scores from spring and determine if you need to repeat the test

  • Do you need test prep?

  • Plan and attend college visits either in-person or virtually.

  • Interview if available while visiting colleges, if you are ready

  • Review common application for essay prompts

September of senior year

  • Sign up for SAT or ACT tests

  • Keep your grades on a upward trend

  • Finalize your college list

  • Chart out college application types : early decision, early action, rolling admissions, and regular admissions include due dates

  • Confirm with teachers you ask to write recommendations letters

  • Meet with college counselor and academic advisor

  • Breath, there are over 3000 colleges

  • Good Luck

What to do when your high school senior has college admissions interviews coming up?

Want more details checkout our blog on college admissions interviewing.

It’s that time of year, college admissions interviews! We know that high school parents have seen how stressful the fall of Senior year can be. What with keeping up grades, taking admissions tests, filling out applications, securing recommendations, and engaging in sports and extracurriculars – then throw admissions interviews in the mix! Yikes!

After the interview, the college interviewer will usually fill out a personal interview report that will assess intellectual curiosity, extracurricular distinction, and personal qualities.

Remember, the key to finding happiness in college is “finding the best fit” for your student given their college and career goals. After your student has prepared, take a deep breath, relax, and remember that a good interviewer will want your student to succeed just as much as you do!

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