College Timeline


Freshman Year

  • Make the most of your academic opportunities.
  • Explore and get involved with activities, both in and out of school.
  • Take the PSAT 9 at SAS in October.
  • Parents: Attend Introduction to College program at SAS.


Sophomore Year

  • Remain invested in your classes.
  • Continue to explore extracurricular interests; become more committed to several activities.
  • Take a practice ACT at SAS in October.
  • Take Subject Tests in May or June if you think you might need them and you are taking a class in a relevant subject area (most sophomores will only take one, if any).
  • Begin perusing the SAS College Counseling website.
  • Meet with an SAS college counselor about course selection if necessary.
  • Choose summer activities that are fulfilling and engaging.
  • If you think you may apply to schools in the US, purchase a book such as The Fiske Guide to Colleges to start familiarizing yourself with different kinds of schools.
  • Attend College Admissions Seminar (CAS) in the spring.
  • If possible, visit a few colleges in the summer, take tours, and attend information sessions to acquaint yourself with how colleges differ.


Junior Year


  • Stay focused on academic pursuits.
  • Take on larger roles, where possible, in your most significant extracurricular commitments.
  • Meet with admissions representatives when they visit SAS in the fall.
  • Take the PSATs at SAS in October.
  • Parents and juniors: attend financial aid workshop at SAS.
  • Consider test prep for SATs and/or ACTs in the winter or spring, and begin studying eight to ten weeks prior to the test date.
  • Register for winter/spring SATs and/or ACTs.
  • Parents: Attend SAS’s Junior College Counseling Night/Morning meetings in early December.
  • Continue college visits.
  • Start to reflect on what you might want in a college (teaching style, access to professors, programs, location, size, culture).
  • Use Cialfo to start researching schools.

Winter and Early Spring

  • Complete Junior College Counseling Questionnaire.
  • Set up and attend individual meeting with your SAS college counselor
  • Parents: complete Parent’s View survey on Cialfo.
  • Parents and juniors attend family meetings with SAS college counselors.
  • Begin researching colleges and developing a college list.
  • Visit college websites; request and gather information from colleges.
  • Take first SAT/ACT.
  • Discuss Subject Tests with your college counselor; register for May or June tests through College Board.
  • Plan summer activities and college visits, if appropriate.

Late Spring

  • Discuss senior year courses with your college counselor if necessary.
  • Select and have conversations with prospective teacher recommenders.
  • Set up a Common Application (Common App) account.
  • Attend College Admissions Seminar (CAS) at SAS.
  • Take standardized tests, including Subject Tests if appropriate.
  • Set up summer visits and interviews, where available.


Senior Year

Late Summer and Fall

  • Complete Counselor Recommendation survey in Cialfo (no later than August 31)
  • Complete Teacher Recommendation surveys in Cialfo (no later than August 31)
  • Meet with your college counselor.
  • Attend Common App and UCAS help sessions offered by SAS college counselors during Wednesday Flex.
  • Parents and juniors: Attend financial aid workshop at SAS.
  • Stay focused on academic and extracurricular pursuits.
  • Finalize your college list (no more than 10 schools).
  • Review colleges’ application requirements and deadlines. Make decisions about when to apply and whether to apply Early Decision.
  • Begin working on applications.
  • Share essays with your SAS college counselor for review.
  • Meet with admissions representatives visiting SAS.
  • Register for SAT or ACT if you plan to sit for a fall administration.
  • Complete Document Request forms (DRFs) for Early Decision, Early Action, and Priority application schools.
  • Send test scores officially to all colleges through College Board and/or the ACT
  • Use Cialfo to track the status of the submission of college application materials.
  • Research financial aid deadlines and requirements.


  • Complete applications for schools with January and February deadlines.
  • Write letters of interest for schools from which you were deferred, if necessary.
  • Check your college application portals to make sure colleges have received all of your materials.
  • Research and apply for US scholarships.


  • Review financial aid offers.
  • Meet with your SAS college counselor to discuss options.
  • Deposit at ONE college by May 1 if you are going to the US.
  • Write letters of interest to waitlist schools, if necessary.

NOTE TO PARENTS: SAS college counselors will also offer informal parent coffees on a range of college-related topics throughout each school year.