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Important Deadlines for the College Process

2 min readβ€’july 19, 2021

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Important Deadlines for the College Process

Use this guide to assist you in your college application journey!
Note: Not all deadlines are included, but the guide will be updated regularly

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Over the Summer β˜€οΈ

During the summer, you should . . .Β 
  • Start/Continue researching colleges based on your aspirations, major, location, and grades. 🏫
  • Prepare for your SAT/ACT. πŸ“š
  • Brainstorm topics for your college essays! 🧠🌨

Important Dates πŸ—“οΈ

  • Late Summer: National College Match Application opens
  • August 1: Common Application and the Coalition for College opens for the class of 2022
  • August 6, 2021: Registration deadline for the September 11th, 2021 ACT
  • August 28, 2021: SAT Day

September - November πŸ‚

Over the fall, you should . . .
  • Narrow down the colleges you are applying to. πŸ€”
  • Start looking for scholarships! πŸ”
  • Start asking teachers for letters of recommendation. πŸ™‹
  • Write the first draft of your college essays! ✍️

Important Dates πŸ—“οΈ

  • September 11, 2021: ACT Day
  • September 17, 2021: Registration deadline for October 23rd ACT
  • September 28: National College Match Application is due
  • October 1: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens, allowing you to receive financial aid for college
  • October 1: CSS Profile opens
  • October 2, 2021: SAT DayΒ 
  • October 23, 2021: ACT Day
  • November 1: Early Decision program deadline and Early Action program deadline
  • November 5, 2021: Registration deadline for December 11 ACT
  • November 6, 2021: SAT Day
  • November 15: Second Early action program deadlineΒ 

December - February β›„

Over the winter, you shouldΒ  . . .Β 
  • Find local and external scholarships. πŸŽ“
  • Send out your mid-year report to your preferred schools. πŸ—‚οΈ
  • Sign up to tour schools and meet with alumni. πŸš—

Important Dates πŸ—“οΈ

  • Dec 1-4: Application deadlines for various universities, including the UC’s
  • Dec 4, 2021: SAT Day
  • Dec 11, 2021: ACT Day
  • Jan 1: Regular admission deadline for most universities
  • Jan 7, 2022: Registration deadline for the February 12 ACT
  • Jan/Feb: Deadline for schools that require a CSS profile
  • Feb 12, 2022: ACT Day
  • Feb 25, 2022: Registration Deadline for April 2 ACT

March - July 🌷

You’re almost finished! With college application season closing, you should be focusing on . . .
  • Picking your school! πŸ’­πŸ«
  • Picking out a dorm and roommate. βœ”οΈ
  • Studying for any standardized test (use Fiveable resources to help). πŸ“š

Important Dates πŸ—“οΈ

  • March 12, 2022: SAT Day
  • April: Send any supplemental materials to any colleges that waitlisted you
  • April 2, 2022: ACT Day
  • May 1: Most schools have their decision deadline
  • May 6, 2022: Registration deadline for the June 11 ACT
  • May 7, 2022: SAT Day
  • June 4, 2022: SAT Day
  • June 11, 2022: ACT Day
  • June 17, 2022: Registration deadline for July 16 ACT
  • June 30: FAFSA deadline
  • July 16, 2022: ACT Day

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