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Application Timeline
for Private and Public Colleges with Lower Acceptance Rates


Colleges that fall in this category include: all Ivy League colleges, Stanford, MIT, U of Michigan, Duke, USC, NYU, Northwestern, UC Berkeley and UCLA (UC colleges require final transcripts only).


FALL JUNIOR YEAR
Sept - NovAttend College Rep Visits in the Counseling Center. Learn more.
OctoberOptional: Take the PSAT/NMSQT as practice for the SAT or to qualify for National Merit Scholarship. Learn more.
Sept - DecIf you anticipate a heavy schedule in spring semester, consider taking SAT or ACT this semester. Learn more.
SPRING JUNIOR YEAR
Jan. to JuneMost juniors applying to private and more selective public colleges take SAT or ACT in this semester. Learn more.
AprilAttend the Fairview College Planning Night for Juniors and their families. Learn more.
AprilTake state sponsored SAT. Learn more.
MayWrite a practice essay. This may be assigned in your LA class. Learn more.
MaySpeak to teachers about their willingness to write letters of recommendation. Some teachers may require that you submit the required documents to them before summer begins. Two teacher recommendations may be required depending on college or major. Learn more.
May or JuneTake at least two SAT Subject Tests in your strongest subjects. Learn more.
SUMMER
Social MediaClean it up!
Finalize College ListReduce or expand your college list to a manageable combination of safe, good match and reach schools. Learn more.
Application TypesLearn about typical application systems used by colleges: Common App, the new Coalition App, and college-specific applications. Decide which application type you will use for each college. DO NOT apply through multiple application types as this will delay your application process. Learn more.
Application DeadlinesLearn about deadline choices offered by colleges (ED, EA, RD, etc.). Learn more.
Make a ChecklistFor each college on your final list, collect specific application requirements. Use Fairview's College Application Checklist as a template and customize to fit your needs.     Excel      PDF
Register to ApplyFor each Application Type you are using, create an account. Register with the email address you will be using to communicate with colleges.
Review Sample ApplicationsThe Counseling Office provides Sample Applications to help guide you through each application section. These screen by screen guidelines are updated by parent volunteers before early September to accommodate the evolving application systems, but for the most part, the basic sections are consistent from year to year.      View Sample Applications.
Work on EssaysIf possible, collect essay questions required by each college on your list. Most colleges update Common App and Coalition App systems with their specific questions by August 1st. Sometimes those questions are provided earlier on their Freshman Admissions websites. Write, re-write and re-write again. Learn more.
Prepare Counselor Recommendation Letter MaterialsIf required by any of your colleges, begin Fairview questionnaires for requesting Counselor Recommendation Letters. Learn more.
  • Student Questionnaire/Resume
  • Parent Questionnaire, a.k.a. Brag Sheet (to be completed by your parent or guardian)
Prepare Teacher Recommendation Letter MaterialsIf required by any of your colleges, complete materials for requesting Teacher Recommendation Letters. Learn more.
  • Teacher Checklist
  • Teacher Recommendation Letter Request Questionnaire
Note: If you did not speak personally to your teacher(s) before end of your junior year, email your teacher(s) to ask if he/she would be comfortable writing a letter for you.
FALL SENIOR YEAR
Sept - NovAttend College Rep Visits in the Counseling Center.Learn more.
Sept - NovIf necessary, take SAT Subject Tests or retake SAT/ACT Tests. Learn more.
SeptemberAttend College Application Night for Seniors and their families. Learn more.
End SeptemberEA or ED Applicants: Submit materials to counselor and teachers who are writing recommendation letters for you. Submit Transcript Request Record to Counseling Office. (At least one month before the application deadline.) Learn more.
Early OctoberEA or ED Applicants: Send test scores, if required.Learn more.
WARNING: Electronic does NOT equal immediate! Score delivery can take more than two weeks.
OctoberBegin filing period for financial aid forms: FAFSA and CSS Profile (if required). Learn more.
Oct - MayLook for scholarships. Learn more.
November 1Typical EA and ED application deadline. View examples of colleges that have non-typical deadlines.
NovemberTypical CSS Profile deadline for EA or ED applicants applying for financial aid. Learn more.
NovemberEA or ED Applicants: Schedule college interview (if required or recommended). Learn more.
Mid-NovemberRD Applicants: Submit materials to counselor and teachers who are writing for you. Submit Transcript Request Record to Counseling Office. Learn more.
Early DecemberRD Applicants: Send test scores, if required. Learn more.
WARNING: Electronic does NOT equal immediate! Score delivery can take more than two weeks.
Mid-DecemberColleges release decisions to EA and ED applicants (Accepted, Deferred or Denied).
Learn more about Deferred Admission.
January 1Typical RD application deadline. View examples of colleges that have non-typical deadlines.
SPRING SENIOR YEAR
Early January Typical deadline for accepted ED student reply.
JanuaryRequest Mid-Year Transcripts (one month before Feb deadline). Learn more.
If required or recommended, schedule college interviews (for Regular Decision applicants). Learn more.
Mid-FebruaryTypical deadline for Mid-Year Transcripts.
March - AprilFAFSA and CSS Profile deadlines for RD applicants applying for financial aid. Learn more.
Mid-March - April 1Colleges release decisions to RD applicants (Accepted, Waitlisted or Denied).
Learn more about College Waitlist.
AprilIf possible, attend Accepted Student Days hosted by colleges that accepted you. These events will provide more detailed information than a typical college visit tour and will help you make your final choice.
AprilMake final college choice. Learn more.
May 1Typical EA and RD student reply deadline.
Before Graduation Request Final Transcript and report results. Learn more.