College Guidance Calendar
Tentative College Visitation Schedule (Please see Mr. Frank if you are interested in meeting with any of the college representatives below.)
Tuesday, 9/10 - Rabbi Barry Nathan, Touro - Lander College
Wednesday, 10/2 - Tiana Taheri Hakimzadeh,University of Maryland
Thursday, 10/3 - CUNY Brandon Miller, (Queens College and Macaulay Honors College)
Wednesday, 10/16 Mr. Daniel Goldberg, Yeshiva University
- Deadline to apply for November SAT (October 3),
- SAT/Subject Test (October 5).
- Visit colleges (especially on Shabbat!).
- Early Decision / Early Action Applicants must complete their applications in September.
- YU Early Decision Applicants must reserve an Honors Day.
- ACT (October 27) September 27 deadline.
College Admission Activities by Class
(A more detailed map is attached below)
- Keep up your grades!
- If you are applying under either an early-decision or early-action plan, work on your application now.
- Finish application so you can postmark it by the deadline, usually November first or fifteenth.
- If not applying early decision, you have up until February to improve test scores.
- Get your applications done by January 1st.
Juniors (A more detailed map is attached below)
- Take the PSATs. Your status as a National Merit semifinalists or National Merit Finalist will be determined by your PSAT scores, not your SAT scores.
- Take all honors/AP courses. This is a critical year.
- Take the SAT Reasoning Test for the first time.
- Take the October or December ACT to see how that score compares to your junior year PSAT. If the ACT is higher, don’t bother taking the SAT Reasoning Test, simply take the ACT multiple times until you are happy with your score.
- Take one or two more SAT Subject Tests. If you don’t have three scores you are happy with, retake one or two of the tests in October or November.
- Visit colleges and schedule interviews in the summer. For each college you visit be sure to complete the visitation sheet at the admissions office so you get on the mailing list.
- Participate in a summer academic summer program.
- At the end of the summer, narrow down your college list and be sure to request applications from all the colleges you are considering.
- Start working on your college essays.
- Take the PSAT as prep for the SAT (Colleges never see PSAT scores, just SAT scores).
- Take a real ACT test and compare to your PSAT score.
- Take AP courses if offered.
- Evaluate your strong subjects and begin to study for one or two SAT Subject Tests.
- In June, take a SAT Subject Test.
- Read all types of different materials during the summer to build vocabulary. Use the vocabulary builder under "Testing links."
- Get a job to show responsibility.
- Visit a couple of colleges in June or July.
- Take all honor courses.
- Be a leader in the classroom so the teacher gets to know you (helps with future teacher recommendations and creates a positive buzz about you).
- Identify extracurricular activities that you can participate in for four years (do volunteer work in the community).
- Buy one or two SAT Subject Test Prep books over break to start studying for the appropriate subject.
- Read as much as you can over the summer (books, newspapers, novels, magazines, etc.)