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Timeline for Senior Year

College Counseling timeline for Seniors.
Fall 2017
  • Attend after school meetings with college reps at MA. (More than 100 will visit the school.)
  • Discuss working college list with your parents and college counselor. Eventually choose less than 10.
  • No Senioritis! Your first semester grades are important. Doing well with a strong schedule can make a difference with college admission.
August /September 2017
  • Schedule an appointment with your college counselor.
  • If you plan on taking any standardized tests this fall, register for them as soon as possible.
  • Talk to teachers who you would like to write recommendations for you by September 6th.
  • September 8: Registration deadline for the October 7 SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • September 22: Registration deadline for the October 28 ACT test
  • September 28: Financial Aid Night for students and parents at 7pm
October 2017
  • October 1 through November 30: CSU filing period
  • October 5: Submit Final College Application Lists to teachers and college counselor if applying ED/EA to a school with a November 1 deadline
  • October 5: Registration deadline for the November 4 SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • October 15: Submit Final College Application Lists to teachers and college counselor if applying to a school with a November 15 deadline.
  • October 25: UC/CSU application workshop at lunch
  • If applying Early Decision or Early Action, arrange for the College Board and/or ACT to send your standardized test scores, and submit the CSS PROFILE (if applying for financial aid).
  • Work on essays; write final draft of UC essays.
  • Finalize list of colleges to which you plan to apply – no more than 10.
  • Continue to check in with your College Counselor.
November 2017
  • November 1: Early Decision/Action deadline for some colleges and universities
  • November 1 through 30: UC application filing period
  • November 2: Registration deadline for the December 2 SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • November 3: Registration deadline for the December 9 ACT test
  • November 15: Early Decision/Action deadline for some colleges and universities
  • November 30: UC and CSU filing deadline
  • Continue working on application essays and supplements
  • Give college list to your teachers and college counselor at least one month in advance of first application deadline.
  • Have SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT test scores sent to colleges. MA does not send scores.
  • Arrange interviews, if necessary.
December 2017
  • December 1: Last day to submit Final College List to teachers and college  counselor.
  • Gather and begin to fill out all financial aid applications, if appropriate             (CSS PROFILE and/or FAFSA)
  • Begin sending all Regular Decision applications for private colleges and universities.
  • Do well on final exams - it's important!
  • Review scholarship opportunities
  • Finish private college applications (January 1 and 15 are common deadlines) 
Winter 2018
  • Mid-year Reports are sent to colleges from College Counseling Office except for UC and CSU schools, which do not require mid-year grades
  • January 1 to February 1: Submit Financial Aid forms
  • Cal Grant – If interested be sure to return the form sent to you from College Counseling
Spring 2018
  • February 1 through April 15: College admission decisions will be sent to you; keep your college counselor informed
  • May 1: Commitment deadline for colleges
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