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Academics
College Counseling

Timeline to College

List of 4 items.

  • Grade 9

    • Read for pleasure.
    • Study and refine your classroom skills – take your learning seriously. Keep in mind that each year, your grades will be calculated into your cumulative GPA.  
    • Get involved in co-curriculars and develop outside interests.
    • Work with your advisor to develop a multi-year academic and co-curricular plan.
    • Utilize your summer free time to be productive – volunteer, take a course, complete an internship, find a job. 
    • Families: Access Smart Track College Funding resources.
  • Grade 10

    September/October
    • Read for pleasure.
    • Communicate with advisor on appropriateness of course selection.
    • Work hard in your classes. 
    • Get further involved in co-curriculars and develop your interests.
    • Take the PSAT (Scores received in December).
    • Families: Access Smart Track College Funding resources.
    March/April
    • Review multi-year plan. Talk to your advisor and a college counselor about both junior and senior courses. 
    • Discuss extracurricular goals for junior and senior year with your advisor. Consider one or more leadership opportunities.
    May
    • Attend college counseling sophomore seminar.
    • Athletes: communicate with Tabor coaches about summer plans and college interests.
    June/July/August
    • Make your summer meaningful – work, study, volunteer, research, play sports – just don’t do nothing.
    • Rising juniors are assigned a college counselor and given access to Naviance.
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  • Grade 11

    September/October
    • Get off to a strong start in the classroom.
    • Read for pleasure.
    • Begin test preparation using Method Test Prep’s test preparation resources.
    • Attend College Fairs at Tabor – research schools in advance, come with questions, and be open to new ideas.
    • Get involved at school and be a leader. Remember, you don’t need a title to lead.
    • Take the PSAT (Scores received in December).
    • Attend College Kick-off events during Fall Family Weekend. 
    • Families: Access Smart Track College Funding resources.
    November/December/January
    • Begin individual meetings with your college counselor.
    • Complete the model college questionnaire following your first meeting.
    • Take Method Test Prep’s ACT and the SAT diagnostic tests.
    • Begin college research.
    • Artists: begin to consider an artistic portfolio.
    • International students: register for a spring TOEFL.
    February/March
    • Attend junior college seminars.
    • Continue meeting with your college counselor.
    • Register for spring SAT or ACT.
    • Move forward with test prep.
    • Visit colleges during the Winter Long Weekend and Spring Break. 
    • Continue college research.
    • Families: Respond to the request for a Family Statement about your student. 
    April
    • Continue meeting with your college counselor.
    • Ask two teachers to write recommendations.
    • Participate in the Mock Interview program.
    • Create a Common Application account.
    • Begin the Junior Brag Sheet.
    • Continue with test prep.
    • Continue college research.
    May
    • Create a summer plan with advice from your college counselor.
    • Complete your junior brag sheet.
    • Draft the college essay in junior English.
    • Finish strong.
    • Athletes: communicate with Tabor coaches about summer plans and college interests.

    Junior/Senior Summer 
    • Make your summer meaningful – work, study, volunteer, research, play sports – just don’t do nothing.
    • Read for pleasure.
    • Register by the end of June for the August, October, or November SAT test dates; register by the end of July for the September or October ACT test dates.
    • Visit, tour and interview at a mix of reaches, targets and likelies.
    • Complete the Common Application you started during trimester three. Begin crafting supplemental essays.
    • Revise and edit one of the seven 650-word Common Application essay topics you started during trimester three.
    • Athletes: send transcripts/senior courses/school profile and testing to coaches.
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  • Grade 12

    September
    • Read for pleasure.
    • Continue college counseling appointments; finalize college list. 
    • Attend College Fair at Tabor – research schools in advance, come with questions, and be open to new ideas.
    • Meet with college representatives visiting Tabor.
    • Interview with colleges, if required
    • Work on applications; be aware of deadlines & requirements; continue crafting supplemental essays.
    • Take SAT or ACT. International students: take TOEFL.
    • Attend evening help sessions as needed. 
    • Maintain good study habits.
    October/November
    • Visit or re-visit colleges during long weekends. Interview with colleges, if recommended or required.
    • Attend College Fair at Tabor – research schools in advance, come with questions, and be open to new ideas.
    • Meet with college representatives visiting Tabor.
    • Work on applications; be aware of deadlines & requirements; continue crafting supplemental essays.
    • Complete FAFSA form (as soon as possible after Oct. 1).
    • Submit CSS Profile, if required.
    • Wrap-up visits.
    • Submit applications for early deadlines; request testing agencies send pertinent test scores; check application status regularly. 
    • Take SAT, ACT or Subject Tests, if necessary.
    December
    • Pay attention to regular decision deadlines and requirements.
    • Complete remaining applications, including supplemental essays.
    • Check college portals for early action/early decision admissions results.
    January/February
    • Submit remaining applications; request testing agencies send pertinent test scores. 
    • Continue to check portals for admissions results.
    March/April
    • Check college portals and read emails regarding admissions results.
    • Visit and evaluate schools and compare financial aid packages.
    • Meet with your college counselor to discuss options.
    • Speak to your college counselor about waitlists.
    May & June
    • May 1 – National College Decision Day, the universal deadline by which you need to submit a single enrollment deposit to the school which you plan to attend.
    • Commencement
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