Timeline for the College Admissions Process

Form V

  • Study, as grades go on your permanent transcript
  • Explore extracurricular interests and volunteer work
  • Create and populate an archive in which you store good examples of your papers, projects, performances, etc. from the year
  • Begin and keep a log of community service and outside reading you do as well as cultural events and performances you attend
  • In May, take AP exams and/or SAT Subject Tests, as appropriate
  • Make productive use of summer (job, time spent with family, summer programs/courses, camps, leisure reading, spiritual retreats)
  • Visit college campuses as is convenient for families

Form VI

  • Keep current with archiving good examples of your papers, projects, performances, etc. throughout the year
  • Continue your log of community service and outside reading you do as well as cultural events and performances you attend
  • Take PSAT in October; evaluate results to determine areas requiring further preparation for the SAT
  • In January, college counselor outlines for the class an overview of college application process, criteria for college acceptance and standardized testing
  • Take Pre-ACT in February; evaluate results to determine areas requiring further preparation for the ACT, or whether you’d rather prepare for the SAT
  • Begin browsing the internet and books for information about colleges and career interests
  • Consider attending spring NACAC College Fair in Arlington, TX (date TBD)
  • In April, attend Service Academies Forum if interested
  • In May, take AP exams and/or SAT subject tests, as appropriate
  • Make productive use of summer (job, time spent with family, summer programs/courses, camps, leisure reading, spiritual retreats)
  • Visit college campuses as convenient for families

Form VII

  • Attend TACRAO College Fair at Jesuit September 20, 2016
  • Keep current with archiving good examples of your papers, projects, performances, etc. throughout the year
  • Continue your log of community service and outside reading you do as well as cultural events and performances you attend
  • Meet with individual college admissions representatives who personally visit Cistercian throughout the Fall and Spring
  • Visit college campuses on extended weekends and vacations (perhaps start locally with a small, a mid-sized, and a large school in order to appreciate differences of scale in student bodies and institutional facilities)
  • Take the PSAT (NMSQT) in October; examine results to determine areas requiring further preparation for the SAT
  • Take YouScience aptitude and interest survey in November; consider results
  • Attend January College Alumni Panel
  • Starting in January, meet individually with college counselor to consider criteria for creating a prospective college list (complete Junior Questionnaire prior to this)
  • Starting in late February, parents may schedule individual appointments with college counselor (complete Parent Questionnaire prior to this)
  • Between January and June, students should take standardized tests, as appropriate (ACT, SAT, Subject Tests, APs)
  • Attend in-house workshop on Writing a College Resume in February
  • Attend in-house workshops on Writing the College Essay in March and April
  • Consider attending NACAC College Fair in Arlington, TX on April 7, 2016
  • In April, after attending the Service Academies Forum, students interested in attending a service academy or applying for ROTC scholarships begin their application process
  • Make productive use of summer (job, time spent with family, camps, leisure reading, summer programs/courses, spiritual retreats)
  • Over the summer, visit college campuses very intentionally, work on college essays, update resume (see summer checklist for more detailed list of encouragements)
  • Get on mailing lists of colleges you are particularly interested in (via their web pages, or sending official SAT/ACT test scores to colleges)

Form VIII

  • Attend TACRAO College Fair at Jesuit September 20, 2016
  • Meet with individual college admissions representatives who personally visit Cistercian throughout the Fall
  • Parents should determine their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) at prospective colleges on son’s list (each college has an estimator/calculator online to generate this)
  • Students meet individually with college counselor to go over list of colleges, Early Action/Early Decision deliberations, application details, essays, activities, teacher recs., etc.
  • Students submit a solid “college list” to the college counselor by October 1st
  • Tend to priority and scholarship deadlines throughout the fall (e.g. October 15th, November 1st, November 15th, Dec 1st) where applicable
  • Parents can begin filing financial aid forms (FAFSA, CSS Profile, etc.) October 1, 2016 using their 2015 tax returns
  • Complete all applications by Dec. 12th (can wait until the Regular Deadline comes due to submit if in EA or ED pools at first choice schools)
  • Once committed to attending a college, formally (in writing) withdraw all applications from active status at other schools
  • May 1st is the national reply deadline for regular decision and early action candidates