College Planning Timetable


  •  Get involved in activities.
  •  PSAT


  • Go to the NMH College Fair to find out more about colleges.
  • Check high school courses. Will you meet college requirements?
  • Get involved in activities. (Genuine involvement in one is better than token
    participation in several.)
  • Read PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin. Take the October PSAT.
  • Register for the December SAT Subject Tests if appropriate.
  • Begin required college counseling minor course.
  • Register for Naviance.
  • Register in December for January SAT Reasoning Test.
  • Review your PSAT scores.
  • Take the January SAT Reasoning Test.
  • Meet with your college counselor. Make sure that he/she has a good understanding of you and your goals for the college application process.
  • Begin to explore your values, needs and strengths.
  • Register in March and April to take the May SAT Reasoning Test and June SAT Subject Tests (discuss which Subject Tests you should take with your college counselor and your teachers).
  • Register in March to take the April ACT test.
  • Make plans to take the TOEFL (for international students).
  • Begin to identify the characteristics you would like in a college.
  • Develop a preliminary list of colleges that interest you and write to them for information.
  • Discuss your senior schedule with your college counselor. Select the most rigorous course load that you can carry successfully.
  • Research your list of schools in a variety of ways (objective and subjective guidebooks, discussion with alums and present students). Learn how to use computer resources.
  • Attend Deerfield College Fair in May.
  • Plan summer visits and interviews.
  • Initiate service academy and ROTC scholarship applications, if applicable.
  • Take SAT Reasoning and/or SAT Subject Tests. (If there is a possibility that you will be applying EA or ED to a college that requires these tests, sit for tests on both dates.)
  • Ask for a teacher recommendation.
  • Finalize initial list.
  • Register for NCAA Clearinghouse if you think participating in Division I or II athletics is a possibility.
  • All potential college athletes (incl. Div.III) should be contacting college coaches.
  • College Counseling Day for junior parents.
  • Select a topic for a college essay.
  • If you don't have a summer job, try volunteering in an area of interest to you.
  • Travel to as many colleges as possible. Be sure to ask for a tour, group information session, and interview (if available).
  • If interested in athletics, meet with coaches whenever possible.
  • International students should obtain a certified bank statement and complete a Certification of Finances for each college they plan to apply to.
  • The new Common Application is generally available in July—start completing it!
  • PGs—work on your worksheets for your college counselor.
  • Read—books, newspapers, whatever interests you!
  • Write! Work on your essay; consider people, issues, and experiences that are important to you, and write reflectively on a number of topics.
  • Meet with your college counselor ASAP.
  • PGs—register for Naviance, and give your completed worksheets to your college counselor.
  • Register in September for the October and/or November SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Tests.
  • Make plans for taking the TOEFL in the fall.
  • Consider registering for the October ACT.
  • Check senior/PG courses. Do they meet requirements? Is your schedule challenging?
  • Check Naviance to see which colleges are sending representatives to NMH and sign up for meetings of interest.
  • Work toward finalizing your list of colleges.
  • Ask teachers for recommendations and submit a Teacher Rec Form. (Ask early, and give your recommenders a written list of your colleges and deadlines.)
  • Photocopy your applications (or download them) so that you will have a practice form to work on.
  • Revise and polish required essays.
  • Register for the NCAA Division I and II Clearinghouse if you haven't already.
  • Attend NMH College Fair.
  • Attend college representative meetings.
  • Continue to work on essays.
  • Decide if you want to apply EA or ED to any college.
  • Select the final list of six to eight colleges to which you will apply. Complete and sign a Transcript Request Form (the "Blue Sheet").
  • Take the SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Tests.
  • Register for the December SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Tests, if necessary. (This is typically the last test date for Seniors/PGs.)
  • Take the November SAT Reasoning Test (or SAT Subject Tests). Have official score reports sent to all schools that request them.
  • Make sure that your college counselor has a complete list of where you are applying and where your transcript needs to be sent.
  • Early Action, Early Decision and rolling applications are due.
  • Continue to work on your essay. Share your efforts with several people, asking them the key question: "If you only had this essay to go on, who would you think I was?"
  • Begin completing the CSS PROFILE financial aid form on-line.
  • Attend University of California Workshop, if you're applying.
  • When you receive your SAT (October or November) score report in the mail, pay close attention to previous testing. All SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests that you’ve taken should appear on your score report.
  • Use the Thanksgiving break to complete any remaining applications.
  • Make sure the College Counseling Office has your final list of colleges; update Blue Sheets if necessary.
  • Finalize your essay.
  • Take December SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests, if necessary.
  • Take the ACT, if registered.
  • Complete, photocopy, and mail (or submit on-line) all applications. Send all SAT and/or TOEFL scores officially. (Don't underestimate the time demands of exams and the holidays!)
  • If you're using the Common Application, be sure to complete the supplement for each school that has one.
  • Talk with friends (first-year and upperclass students) who are home from college, get their impressions, try to understand their likes and dislikes.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, begin the CSS Profile, if you haven't already.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, have your parents complete the FAFSA. (The sooner this is completed and sent in, the better.)
  • Last possible opportunity to take the SATs or TOEFL.
  • Check your recommendations. Has everything been sent?
  • Keep working - winter midterm grades will be sent to colleges!
  • Watch your mail for any notifications from colleges.
  • Continue to explore the colleges to which you have applied as thoroughly as possible.
  • Register for May Advanced Placement tests if you are taking any.
  • If you applied for financial aid, make sure that you received the Profile acknowledgement and the Student Aid Report from the FAFSA application.
  • Review all responses you received from colleges with your college counselor, and keep counselor fully informed.
  • If possible, visit the college of your choice before making a final decision.
  • Notify the college of your choice. Send ONE deposit to be received by May 1. You MUST also notify remaining schools where you were accepted that you will not be attending. They may be able to offer your space to another student.
  • If you are on a wait list, notify that college and your college counselor of your decision to remain on or be removed from the list.
  • Remember that you will have limited opportunities (two days) to miss classes to visit colleges.
  • If you remain on a waiting list, stay in touch with your college counselor.
  • Maintain your academic focus. Colleges will see and evaluate your final transcript.
  • Complete and return to your college counselor the list of all your college responses (accept, reject, wait list).