College Search Timeline
- Get off to a good start academically; colleges will look closely at your first semester grades.
- Retake SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT tests in the Fall (please refer to Critical Test Dates)
- Register on-line for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests at www.collegeboard.com. (High School Code: 335205). Register for the ACT atwww.actstudent.org.
- Have a Senior Meeting with your counselor in the fall to review your transcript, test scores, and activities.
- By September, have a list of five to six colleges you can share with your counselor and secure the appropriate college applications. Do some research. Check out College Results Online (CRO) is an interactive,
user-friendly Web tool designed to provide information about college graduation rates for nearly any four-year college or university in the country. http://www.collegeresults.org/
- Request two letters of recommendations from teachers and have them on file in the Guidance Office by October.
- Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE used by many private schools starting in October.
- Review each college’s deadlines and requirements. Be aware of Early Decisions and Early Action admission deadlines, usually beginning November 1st.
- SUNY applications should be in before the holidays.
- Private college applications should be in by mid-January.
- After October 1st, you can submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Mid-year senior grades are sent to the colleges in February.
- In March and April admission decisions and financial aid packages start arriving.
- During the Spring, research scholarships.
- On May 1st, deposits are due at your first choice college. Also send signed, original Student Aid Report (SAR) to your chosen college; keep a copy for your records.