College Application Timeline

Junior Year: Begin your college search process!

FEBRUARY/MARCH
  • Request information from colleges on your list and start organizing materials.
  • Visit the College Counseling office to help you in the selection process.
  • When selecting your senior courses, continue to challenge yourself.
  • Visit colleges over Spring Break.
  • Register your Naviance account.
  • Register for the April ACT.
  • Register for the Common Application
APRIL
  • Attend a spring college fair.
  • Take April ACT.
  • Register for the May SAT or SAT II Subject Tests.
  • Look into summer employment.
  • Continue to evaluate colleges and start narrowing down your choices.
MAY/JUNE
  • Attend the college counseling presentation during Spring Family Weekend
  • Take SATs and AP exams (if appropriate).
  • Consider enrolling in an academic summer course at a local college, pursuing summer school program or working as a volunteer.
  • Plan college visits with your family.
  • JULY/AUGUST
    • Visit colleges, take tours, set up interviews, etc.
    • Add college information to Common Application beginning July 1st.
    • Pick an essay topic and do a first draft of the all-important personal essay.
    • Continue to refine your list and separate reach, middle and safety schools.
    • Think about registering for the October ACT and/or October SAT.


    Senior Year: Apply to Colleges – Make Decisions!

    SEPTEMBER
    • Register for the Common Application if you didn't already in August.
    • Log onto Naviance and sign the FERPA agreement and input your Common Application
      username and password.
    • Review materials you receive from the College Counseling office during Senior College Seminars.
    • Register for fall SATs and/or ACTs .
    • Meet with your college counselor to review your college list and discuss your academic and personal record.
    • Plan visits to colleges for Open House sessions and/or personal interviews.
    OCTOBER
    • Attend the Fall Family Weekend College Fair and college counseling presentation.
    • Take the SAT I and/or ACTs.
    • Attend the Danbury College Fair.
    • Gather the information necessary for applications and get them done.
    • Ask for letter of recommendations from teachers, advisors and coaches.
    • CHECK DEADLINES!! If you are applying Early Decision (ED), applications must be completed now.
    NOVEMBER
    • Take SAT I or II and remember to have your scores sent to colleges on your list.
    • Keep your grades up!
    • Your college essay and the Common Application should be done by now.
    • Access online the new copy of the FAFSA if needed.
    DECEMBER
    • Take SAT I, SAT II , or ACT . Remember to have copies of your scores sent to the colleges on your list. Many Early Action (EA) deadlines are in December.
    JANUARY
    • Keep working hard! Senior grades are important.
    • We will send mid-year grades to those schools that request them. If you receive letters or emails with this request be sure to forward them to College cCounseling.
    • Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st to be eligible for financial aid. Individual school deadlines vary.
    FEBRUARY/MARCH
    • Monitor your applications making sure all materials have been sent and received.
    APRIL/MAY
    • Watch out for senioritis!
    • Notify all schools by May 1st about your final decision.
    • Share your decision with your college counselor and the School Registrar so that your final transcript and proof of graduation can be sent.
    • Enjoy graduation!

    The Marvelwood School Class of 2017

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