Junior / Senior College Application Timeline
January of Junior year
- If they haven’t already done so, your child should create a CollegeBoard account. This is a one-stop website for things such as signing up for the SATs, help with choosing the right college and selecting a major
- In general, it is recommended that students plan on taking the SAT (or ACT) exam twice; the first time in the spring of Junior year. Princeton Review has assembled a webpage to inform students as to the differences between these two exams. All colleges indicate which exam they expect their applicants to have taken, if they require one at all. Regardless, juniors should plan on taking one of these exams in the near future. At the time of the test, they will have the option of releasing their test scores to specific colleges. Depending on the academic major, colleges may require the SAT II (subject area exam). More information on the subject area exams is available on the CollegeBoard website. An important number to keep in mind throughout the application process is our CollegeBoard school ID: 200555. This number is used by colleges and SAT to identify our school.
- Register by February 10th for the March 11th SAT test date (if applicable). Students may sign-up through their CollegeBoard account.
- If you are currently taking an AP Course, you will have the option of taking the AP exam in early May. The cost for the AP exam is $93. Students planning on taking the exam must submit a $15 deposit to our business office by Friday, February 10th. The balance of $78 is due to the business office prior to the day of the test in May. More information on AP test dates is available on the CollegeBoard website.
- Begin looking for the dates that your desired college(s) are holding spring open houses in preparation for a possible extended road trip over April vacation. Aside from formal open houses, colleges offer daily tours of their campus throughout the spring semester. Advance registration for these tours is often required and books up early, especially around the time of Spring Break.
- Register by March 3rd for the April 8th ACT exam (if applicable)
- College Information Night – March 6th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. A representative from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will present information on the revamped college financial aid process (FASFA).
- Firm up plans if you are making an April vacation college road trip. Check out the website of your desired college(s) to confirm dates and times of the admissions activities they have planned.
- Begin thinking about the classes you will take senior year, keeping in mind that colleges like to see a student take on increasing levels of academic challenge, if the student is able to manage the greater course load.
- Register by April 7th for the May 6th SAT exam (if applicable)
- April 17 – 21: Spring Break (Possible college visits)
- AP exams are administered May 2 – 12 (here at St. Dom’s during school hours).
- May 2 – Physics 1
- May 3 – Physics 2
- May 4 – U.S. Gov’t & Politics
- May 5 – U.S. History
- May 8 – Biology
- May 9 – Calculus
- May 10 – English Language & Comp
- May 11 – Statistics & World History
- Register by May 5th for the June 10th ACT exam (if applicable)
- Register by May 9th for the June 3rd SAT exam (if applicable)
- Make plans for additional college visits
July prior to Senior year
- Register by July 28th for the August 26th SAT test (if applicable)
August of Senior year
- All members of the Class of 2018 will come in at pre-designated times to begin work on their Common App in our computer lab. The Common App is an electronic college application accepted by most colleges and universities.
- Register by September 8th for the October 7th SAT (if applicable)
- Plan college visits and admissions interviews
- Attend College Information Night - hosted by Student Services (If you did not attend in the spring)
- Register in Student Services to visit with college representatives who come to St. Dom’s (dates will be listed on our website calendar)
- Finalize college list based on visits
- Consider your responsibilities if applying for early decision or early action
- Complete the online Common App
- Ask two people for a recommendation (1 teacher along with a second teacher, coach or employer). Remember that some teachers will be asked by multiple students. Be considerate of their time by asking sooner than later.
- Begin drafts of college application essays (through English class)
- Begin looking for scholarship opportunities. Our Guidance Dept. has information on scholarships available to graduating seniors. A bit of effort can yield thousands of dollars towards college tuition and expenses.
- Register by October 6th for the November 4th SAT (if applicable. Do not rely on this date if you are applying Early Decision or Early Action. Check with your college to be sure.)
- FAFSA begins taking applications for college grant and aid
- October 23rd – deadline to request the upload/mail transcripts and recommendations from Student Services (for students with a November 1st college application deadline)
- Check if your college requires CSS/PROFILE (a more in-depth financial aid process particular to the college being applied to)
- Complete work on college application essays
- Complete work on your college applications if applying Early Decision or Early Action
- Research sources of private, outside scholarships – be aware of deadlines
- Send early decisions or early action applications (Most colleges have a Nov. 1st or 15th deadline for Early Action or Early Decision)
- Register by November 3rd for the December 2nd SAT (if applicable)
- Check on dates for financial aid submission requirements
- Finalize college applications for Regular Decision, typically January 1st or February 1st.
- Send application materials before the end of the month, in time to meet the Regular Decision deadline (if January 1st)
- Mid-year grades mailed to colleges from Student Services
- Fill out and send any other financial aid applications
- Send application materials before the end of the month, in time to meet the Regular Decision deadline (if February 1st)
- Register by February 9th for the March 10th SAT (if applicable)
- Monitor emails and mail from the colleges applied to for requests for additional information.
- Ensure all necessary forms for financial aid been sent
- Complete private scholarship applications with April or May deadlines
- Send any financial or academic material to colleges, if requested
- Register by April 6th for the May 5th SAT (if applicable)
- Review college and financial aid offers
- Decide where you will attend college and notify Student Services
- Make final decision - send housing deposit by May 1
- Register by May 4th for the June 2nd SAT (if applicable)
- Write letters of decline to colleges that you will not attend
- Say good bye to your high school years
- Fill out college housing forms and other requested information