Senior Application Timeline by Month


  • Students should have taken at least one SAT and/or one ACT.  Verify where tests scores have been sent on Collegeboard and ACT.  Send scores to colleges where you will be applying.
  • Students should schedule a meeting with the college counselor to discuss their list of schools. Do you have a top 4-7?  Make sure the colleges on your list are places you would attend if accepted.
  • Students should have created an account with the Common Application,  if applying to a Common App college.
  • Students should identify at least two teachers they would like to ask to write letters of recommendation on their behalf.  Students must ask teachers first in person and then request a letter of recommendation through NavianceStudents must give teachers at least four weeks’ notice for letters of recommendation!
  • Request a current transcript from your college counselor. Check accuracy of your transcript. Make sure grades are correct and any summer school and on-line classes have been added.


  • Register for any SAT Subject Tests (check with the university to see if any are required). Test dates vary by subject. Students can register for up to three Subject Tests on a single test date.
  • Meet with college representatives when they visit Scottsdale Prep- a MUST if you’re applying there!  View and sign up for visits on Naviance.
  • Complete Counselor Letter of Recommendation Survey and Teacher Letter of Recommendation Survey on Naviance.


  • Complete & submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with your parents.
  • Complete & submit the CSS Profile, if your college financial aid office requires it.
  • Continue to meet with visiting college representative.
  • Schedule college admissions interviews with universities (if available or required).
  • Revise, revise, revise your college essays.
  • Meet with your college counselor to review final applications.
  • Students applying to an Early Action or Early Decision plan should complete their applications by the November 1 or 15 deadline (varies with some schools).
  • Explore scholarship possibilities: Check your colleges and merit scholarship search websites. View suggested websites.


  • November 1/November 15–deadline for most Early Action/Early Decision apps.


  • December 1st is a common deadline for private university scholarships. Check the university website for private scholarships requiring a separate application.
  • Put the finishing touches on remaining applications.
  • Strive to have all applications submitted BEFORE winter break.
  • Check deadlines for all applications.
  • Colleges’ merit scholarship deadlines may be earlier than “regular” application deadlines!
  • If you have applied for early decision/action or priority deadlines, many will notify with admission decisions in December!
  • Enjoy your winter break because you finished your applications!


  • Many regular admission deadlines are early to mid January.
  • College counseling office sends 7th semester transcripts to the schools listed in your active application list in Naviance.