College Planning Resources

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AUGUST
 Attend Freshman Orientation
 Welcome to FRESHMAN Year!
 Attend Back to School Night, August 28, 2018 
 
SEPTEMBER
 Get involved in clubs during the Club Fair, September 12 and 13 during lunch!
 
OCTOBER
 Attend College Information Night, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop, presented by Brandman University
  • Attend the Health and Wellness workshop to learn about managing stress and anxiety.
 All Freshman take the PSAT 8/9 exam on October 10, 2018. All MD Freshman will be automatically registered
 
NOVEMBER
 Submit Fall Service hours by November 26, 2018
 
DECEMBER
 Maintain your GPA and get involved in extra-curricular activities
 Do well on your finals
 Enjoy your break!
 
JANUARY
 PSAT 8/9 Scores returned in English classes
 Counselor visits in English classes
 
FEBRUARY - MARCH
 Sign up for CSF
 Counselors will visit your English classrooms to review course selection for the next year
 Submit Spring Service Hours by March 4, 2019
 
APRIL
 Attend the National College Fair at the Anaheim Convention Center
 Consider participating in a Summer Program
 
MAY
 Sign up for Summer School, if needed
 
JUNE
 Final Exams
 
SUMMER
 Visit college campuses of interest
 Work on Service Hours
AUGUST

SEPTEMBER
 Get involved in clubs during the Club Fair, September 13, 2018
 Apply for NHS if qualified  

OCTOBER
 Take the school wide PACT. All MD students are automatically registered,
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
 Sign up for CSF
 Attend College Information Night, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop, presented by Brandman University
  • Attend the Health and Wellness workshop to learn about managing stress and
    anxiety
 Start researching colleges using Naviance.
 Take a practice SAT or practice ACT test at MD

NOVEMBER
 Submit Fall Service hours by November 26, 2018
 Attend Sophomore student and Parent Night, November 7, 2018

DECEMBER
 Maintain your GPA and get involved in extra-curricular activities.
 Do your best on your finals
 Enjoy your break!

JANUARY
 PACT Scores returned in English classes

FEBRUARY – MARCH
 Sign up for CSF
 Meet with your counselor to go over course selection for Junior Year, service hours and activities on campus
 Submit Spring Service Hours by March 4, 2019
 
APRIL
 Attend the National College Fair at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 14, 2019
 Consider participating in a Summer Program

MAY
 Take AP Exams

JUNE
 Final Exams
 Register with the NCAA if considering playing sports in college

SUMMER
 Visit college campuses of interest.
 Work on Service Hours
AUGUST

SEPTEMBER
 Prepare for the PSAT by looking at the practice booklet distributed in your English
classes. You will find additional resources for the PSAT including online practice
tests on the College Board website
 Check the counseling website and Naviance for the schedule of admission
representatives that will be visiting MD
 Apply for NHS if qualified

OCTOBER
 Take the school wide PSAT. All MD students are automatically registered. Test Date: October 10, 2018
 Sign up for CSF
 Attend College Information Night, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop, presented by Brandman University
  •  Attend the Health and Wellness workshop to learn about managing stress and
    anxiety
 Start planning your college visits. Junior year is a good time to visit local area
colleges to get a feeling for the type of college you would like to attend
 Start researching colleges using Naviance
 Take a practice SAT or practice ACT test at MD

NOVEMBER
 Submit Fall Service hours by November 26, 2018

DECEMBER
 Plan your college admission testing calendar and consider registering for the March SAT or the April ACT. Test preparation resources are on the MD website
 Prepare and do your best on your finals
 Enjoy your break!

JANUARY
 PSAT scores will be returned in your English classes, link your scores to Khan
Academy
 Sign up for a one on one College/Career Planning Meeting with your counselor and parents

FEBRUARY – MARCH
 Attend Junior Case Studies Night, February 19, 2019
 Sign up for CSF
 Ask questions and explore on Junior Career Day, February 22, 2019
 Continue your college search
 Consider taking the SAT for the first time
 Visit college campuses during Spring break
 Submit Spring Service Hours, by March 4, 2019

APRIL
 Consider taking the ACT for the first time
 Attend the National College Fair at the Anaheim Convention Center

MAY
 Take any appropriate SAT Subject tests that may be required by colleges you intend to submit an application
 Take AP Exams

JUNE
 Final Exams
 Sign up for Summer School, if needed
 Start drafting your college essay/personal insight questions
 Consider who will write your letters of recommendation (if required) for your college applications and ask them before you leave school for the summer
 Register with the NCAA if you plan to play sports in college to establish your
eligibility
 Set up your Parchment account, www.parchment.com (to send any and all
transcripts)
 Send your transcript to the NCAA using Parchment

SUMMER
 Organize your application deadlines. Carefully organize a timeline if you are planning to apply Early Decision or Early Action
 Start narrowing down your college list to a realistic number and prepare for college applications by gathering your family data and update your resume.
 Visit college campuses of interest
 Continue your SAT/ ACT test preparation and register for the SAT or ACT if you plan to test in September, October or November
 Fill out your Senior Guidance Questionnaire for counselor letters of recommendation
 Work on service hours
AUGUST
 Start finalizing your college list and begin the online applications process. The University of California application opens August 1st. The UC application requires you to answer four out of eight Personal Insight Questions. Select the questions that would best define you.
If you are applying to a private university or college, it is most likely on the Common Application, which also opens August 1st. The Common Application requires you to answer one essay question. Select one of the eight that best defines you.
 If you are requesting a letter of recommendation from your counselor, complete the Senior Guidance Questionnaire
 Set up your Parchment account. You will use this website to order ALL transcripts!
 Student athletes must send transcript from ALL high schools attended to NCAA Eligibility Center through Parchment

SEPTEMBER
 Review your final college list with your family and make sure it fits your career choice and finances. Use the scattergrams on your Naviance account to see how your GPA and SAT/ACT scores match up to the colleges you have selected. If you want to try the SAT/ACT one more time, sign up for the October test.
 Counselors will be presenting in the classrooms and setting up appointments with their seniors to go over transcripts, service hours, college list and letters of recommendation.
 Check the counseling website and Naviance for the schedule of admission representatives that will be visiting MD.
 Re-take the SAT and/or ACT if needed.
 Stay organized and track your deadlines – The California State University and University of California application deadline is November 30. Private school deadlines will vary so check their websites and visit the Common Application to check application deadline.
 Join NHS if qualified.
 
OCTOBER
 California State University application opens October 1 and closes November 30. Senior Year Calendar
 Work on your college applications, personal statements and essays. IF YOU ARE APPLYING EARLY: (Early Action, Early Decision) FINALIZE your applications and essays.
 Take the SAT/ ACT one final time, if needed
 Free Application for Federal Student Aid open submission period begins October 1. Ask your parents for their income tax information and begin the FAFSA application at https://fafsa.ed.gov All students applying to college should complete the FAFSA. If you are applying to private colleges you will also need to check the CSS Profile to see if your college requires additional financial information at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
 Sign up for CSF
 Attend College Information Night, Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop, presented by Brandman University
  •  Attend the Health and Wellness workshop to learn about managing stress and anxiety.
  • Attend the Essay Review Workshop hosted by College Admissions
Representatives
 Meet with your counselor to review your college choices, review your prompt topics and ask questions.
 Remember, you must order your transcript through Parchment before your
counselor can submit your letters of recommendation.

NOVEMBER
 Know your Early Admissions Deadline! Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are typically November 1st or 15th. Don’t miss your deadline if you are applying early.
 The UC application filing period is November 1- 30. Do not wait until the last minute to file.
 The CSU application will close on November 30! Do not wait until the last minute to submit.
 Check with the Counseling Office for any Office Hour CSU and UC application workshops!
 Submit Fall Service hours.

DECEMBER
 Finalize any college applications with a January deadline.
 If you will be attending a community college, be on alert for priority registration.
 Check to see if any of the private colleges you are applying to requires the CSS Profile for Financial Aid

JANUARY
 Start or continue your search for scholarships. Read the emails that are sent regarding scholarships and check the scholarship list on Naviance.
 Order your transcripts from Parchment to be sent to the Common Application to complete your Mid- Year Reports (the transcript will include your first semester of senior year)
 Check to make sure that applications were received (keep all email receipts) and keep checking your email.
 If there are changes in your academic courses or extracurricular programs since you initial application, you MUST notify your colleges.

FEBRUARY – MARCH
 Decisions begin to arrive!
 Keep up your grades! You will need to submit your final grades to the college of your choice. Colleges can rescind your admission if you do not maintain your grade point average.
 Stay on top of financial aid deadlines and check for local scholarships.
 Check your email for communications from colleges, especially regarding incomplete applications or missing information. Respond quickly to any requests.
 If you are attending a Community College, take the Community College placement test
 Sign up for CSF

APRIL
 April 1 acceptances arrive! Analyze your acceptances and financial aid packages carefully. Determine what offer is the best match for you and your family.
 Decisions and Deposits are due by May 1 to the college of your choice. Follow the instructions on your acceptance letter. Note any special procedures for housing. It is considered unethical to make a deposit to more than one school.
 Notify colleges you are turning down of your decision.
 Submit Spring Service Hours.

MAY
 Don’t be late! May 1st is the deadline to notify the college of your choice.
 Complete Senior Survey
 Send any additional AP Scores to your college through www.collegeboard.com
 Attend Senior Awards Night
 Graduation! Congratulations and good luck! Do not forget to order your final transcripts to be sent to the college you are attending! Transcripts must be ordered through Parchment. Select “Hold for Grades” and send directly to the college.