At the beginning of senior year each student makes an appointment with the director of college counseling to discuss summer visits and interviews, to define more clearly goals and aspirations for college, and to plan the busy year ahead. The student should have at least one application filled out by this time, especially the personal essay.
We start with a group meeting but individual conferences must occur regularly to ensure that we are moving forward. Each student must keep a record of visits, interviews, SAT and ACT test registration numbers, check numbers, and dates. There is a great deal of paperwork involved in college admissions procedures, and orderly record keeping is crucial.
|September||First ACT available for seniors.|
|Sept. 15||Visits to PCD by college representatives begin.|
|October||SAT & ACT tests.|
|October 1||By this date, and no later, students must ask their teachers for recommendations.|
|October 15||Last day for seniors to inform College Counseling that they are applying early action or early decision.|
All applications must be completed by students and sent to the colleges. Students must also ensure that two teacher recommendations are sent to each school.
|November||Financial Aid Night|
|February||Last ACT available for seniors.|
|Mid-April||All decisions made by colleges, except Waiting List students.|
|May 1||Students must respond to offers of admission by this date.|
|May||Advanced Placement Tests are given during two weeks in early May.|