August - September
The college counselor meets with all 12th graders as soon as school starts to discuss college application deadlines, and works with them on finalizing their application list, discusses and strategizes early applications, and more.
Students may start sharing their college essays with the college counselor and they are encouraged to allow sufficient time for review. The counselor is available to work with each student on as many rounds of brainstorming, editing, and writing as the student wishes, given the constraints of time. The college counselor continues meeting with students and families individually to address any question or concern specific to their applications, and to review the Common Application, UC application, and any other relevant application platforms.
Students use the October SAT School Day date to take the test again at school, or register at other test sites in the area. The college counselor reviews all application materials for those students applying early with November 1 or November 15 deadlines, and are available for additional help.
October 1 is the date that the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available each year. All 12th grade students who intend to apply for federal financial aid should create an account and be prepared to submit their application as soon as possible. Families are encouraged to prepare to file taxes as early as possible this year.
October 15 is the deadline to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, medical and veterinary schools in the UK, as well as to apply with an arts supplement to Stanford.
October - December
The college counselor writes detailed and strong letters of recommendation for each 12th grader, supports all teacher letters of recommendation, coordinates every part of the application process, and sends documents, including letters, required forms, and transcripts in support of all college and university applications.
Counselors continue to review and provide feedback on essays and other parts of the application for each 12th grader. Students applying to specialized art or music programs, should inquire about additional support such as art portfolios, and music audition pieces. Students who have been identified to be recruited as student-athletes should inform the college counselor as soon as possible to initiate the verification process with the NCAA.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for admissions or alumni interviews at their US colleges of choice.
November 1 or 15
If a student is applying to a private college or university Early Action (EA) or Early Decision (ED), the student will have a November 1 or 15 application deadline. Student financial aid documents must also be submitted by this deadline. Some colleges may also accept students’ November SAT/ACT test scores.
The college counselor reviews the UC application in group settings with all 12th graders, and meets individually with students to address any specific questions and review each student’s UC application section by section. The UC application must be submitted during the month of November. The college counselor continues to advise students, review essays, answer financial aid questions, prepare students for interviews and provide support on every part of the application process.
The last SAT testing date available for 12th grade students regionally. Students finalize all applications before the winter break.
Students receive decisions from any early applications made at US colleges.
January 1 is the major college application deadline for students applying to private colleges and universities in the United States.
January 15 is the major deadline for applications to universities in the UK, Canada, and some private colleges and universities in the US.
Students receive decisions from US and UK colleges and universities. The college counselor tracks this information, and helps students compare their offers and make their final college selection to commit to.
Students applying to universities in Europe finalize and submit their applications during this period, with full support from the college counselor for all aspects of the process.
All students should receive decisions from their colleges and universities by mid-April.
May 1 is the national deposit deadline for US colleges. Students must choose which (ONLY ONE) college or university to attend by this date.
Students planning to attend university in the UK commit to a firm and insurance offer in late May.
All students arrange to send their IB DP exam results to their colleges and universities of choice, in accordance with advice from the college counselor and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator.
On July 6, students receive IB DP exam results, and results are sent electronically to colleges and universities the student requested in May. Students can self-request results to be sent to additional colleges and universities after this date. The IB Diploma Programme Coordinator is available for counseling on results in the summer.