College Counseling Timeline

A general outline of milestone meetings appears below. But do note, we certainly will schedule meetings in between these major milestones – and as many as the student and counselor determine are needed.

Fall/Winter of Sophomore Year

  • Review of 9th and 10th-grade coursework, grades and progress as well as course options/levels for junior and senior years
  • Review of extra-curricular activities / summer plans and suggestions for honing/developing interests and exploring new ones
  • Assistance with plans for upcoming summer and assistance, as needed, with applications for summer programs.
  • Development of an initial standardized test prep plan

Summer Before Junior Year / Fall of Junior Year

  • Review of the entire college search and application process
  • Development/Refinement of strategic plan for standardized testing and test prep
  • Solidify plans for summer opportunities
  • Preparation of initial college lists so that students and families may begin college visits

Winter, Junior Year

  • Personality inventory for career assessment
  • Senior year schedule planning
  • Continued discussion on college lists, college visits and list development/refinement

End of Junior Year / Summer Before Senior Year

  • Adjustment of college list
  • Discussion on specifics pertaining to the application process
  • Development of Activities Sheet / Resume
  • Assistance with selecting recommendation writers and completing ‘brag sheets’ for rec writers

Summer Before Senior Year / Fall of Senior Year

  • Mock Interviews
  • Initial Essay Brainstorming Session and review of Common Application with an essay specialist; Note: assistance with application essays other than the personal statement is available for an additional fee
  • Counseling regarding application timelines and choices (including Early Decision, Early Action, Rolling, Priority, and Regular Decision plans)

Winter/Spring of Senior Year

  • Counseling on college choices/selection and preparation for transition to college