College Planning Calendar

Grade 9

  • Meet with your Counselor to work on a four-year plan that fits your academic needs/goals.
  • Become familiar with the College Counseling web-site.
  • Familiarize yourself with Naviance, a web-based resource that supports career and college planning. The link is found on the University School College Counseling homepage, under Resources.
  • Work on your extracurricular resume through Naviance. To do this, login to Naviance; click on About Me; click on Resume.
  • Please see your counselor for more information regarding Naviance.
  • Maintain a strong course load and good grades throughout the year.
  • Please remember that the GPA reported to colleges is cumulative from 9th grade-11th grade.
  • Colleges look to see an upward trend in course rigor while maintaining strong grades
  • All students take the Practice SAT exam in October. This is for practice only; it does not count.
  • Join activities that interest you and which you plan to pursue throughout your high school experience.
  • Consult with Community Service Coordinator (Ms. Martin) about community service opportunities
  • Attend the University School College Fair. Over 160 college admissions representatives will be in attendance at the College Fair, which is exclusive to University School students and families, grades 9-12.
  • Attend College Night, which is a bi-annual event at University School, featuring a panel of deans of admission from a select group of universities. The panel will discuss current trends in the college admissions process.
  • Use resources in the Counseling Office about summer programs.
  • When on family vacations, visit college campuses in the area.
  • Students considering participating in collegiate athletics should make initial contact with their coaches for guidance in this process.
  • Students considering participating in fine arts/performing arts programs in college should contact these departments at University School.
  • If your student is demonstrating possible learning challenges, consider having psycho-educational testing to determine whether extended time would benefit your student. This is required for students to receive extended time on standardized tests. Please consult with your Counselor about this.

Grade 10

  • Meet with your Guidance Counselor to assess your four year plan in relation to your academic goals.
  • All sophomores take the PSAT exam in October. This is for practice only; it does not count.
  • Continue to maintain a strong course-load and good grades throughout the year.
  • Colleges look to see an upward trend in course rigor while maintaining strong grades.
  • Please remember that the GPA reported to colleges is cumulative from 9th grade-11th grade.
  • Maintain continuity in activities that interest you.
  • Consult with the Community Service coordinator about community service activities.
  • If you are interested in athletics and performing arts, please familiarize yourself with the resources that U School offers to prepare students to perform in these areas at the collegiate level.
  • For those interested in pursuing NCAA athletics, please consult with the College Office for information about game tapes and compiling your stats.
  • Attend the University School College Fair. Over 160 college admissions representatives will be in attendance at the College Fair, which is exclusive to University School students and families, grades 9-12.
  • Attend College Night, which is a bi-annual event at University School, featuring a panel of deans of admission from a select group of universities. The panel will discuss current trends in the college admissions process.
  • Attend the Sophomore Symposium, an interactive event in which parents and students review mock applications. This event is facilitated by the college counselors.
  • Consider attending the Spring regional College Trip, during which students will visit the campuses of several universities in a particular region. Students will attend information sessions, campus tours, and will see lecture halls, athletic facilities, and residence halls.
  • Register for spring SAT II exams (if applicable).
  • Take AP exams in May, if applicable.
  • Become familiar with the College Counseling web-site: http://uschool.nova.edu/studentsparents/college_counseling/index.html
  • When on family vacations, visit college campuses in the area
  • If your student is demonstrating possible learning challenges, consider having psycho-educational testing to determine whether extended time would benefit your student. This is required for students to receive extended time on standardized tests. Please consult with your Guidance Counselor about this.
  • Work on your extracurricular resume through Naviance. To do this, login to Naviance; click on About Me; click on Resume.

Grade 11

Fall

  • Maintain a strong course-load and strong grades. The junior year is known as the “pivotal year” in college admissions.
  • Remember that the GPA reported to colleges is cumulative from 9th grade through11th grade.
  • Colleges look to see an upward trend in course rigor while maintaining strong grades
  • Continue involvement and developing leadership in your extracurricular activities--consult with Coordinator of Student Activities about community service opportunities.
  • All juniors take the PSAT exam in October.
  • Students should be preparing for standardized tests (SAT/ACT). Contact the college counselors for tutoring referrals.
  • If applicable, prepare supplementary materials (e.g. art portfolio).
  • Attend the University School College Fair. Over 100 college admissions representatives will be in attendance at the College Fair, which is exclusive to University School Upper School students and families.

Winter

  • Engage in a rigorous senior schedule according to your individual graduation plan.
  • Look at virtual tours on college web-sites
  • Continue preparing for standardized tests (ACT/SAT). Include our school code, 100347, when you register.
  • The College Board recommends that students who are taking pre-calculus or a higher math in the junior year begin standardized testing in the winter of the junior year. Students who are taking Geometry or Algebra II in the junior year should begin testing in the spring of the junior year
  • Parents should attend the College Counseling coffee: Step One in the Admissions Process (date TBD).

Spring

  • Take the SAT and ACT. Include our school code, 100347, when you register.
  • If applicable, take the SAT II exams in May or June.
  • Make your summer plans, such as working, summer enrichment programs, athletic camps, performing arts camps, etc.
  • Request Teacher Recommendation Letters. Colleges prefer teacher letters of recommendation from 11th and 12th grade teachers. No more than two are necessary, and it is usually encouraged to have one recommendation from a math/science teacher, and one from a humanities/social science teacher.
  • Take Advanced Placement Examinations, if applicable.
  • If you plan to participate in collegiate athletics, complete NCAA form. Notify College Counseling to send an official transcript.

Summer

  • Visit more campuses.
  • Refine your college list.
  • Brainstorm essay ideas and prepare a rough draft.
  • Prepare a draft of your activities list.
  • Register for the fall SAT or ACT if you are not satisfied with your scores.
  • Release standardized test scores to colleges (consult with your college counselor before releasing).

Grade 12

Fall

  • Schedule an appointment to meet with your college counselor to revisit your college list, testing plans, and review drafts of essays, your activities list, and applications.
  • Review your college essays with your counselor and English teacher.
  • Submit transcript requests through Naviance by our internal deadlines.
  • Submit all early decision, early action, and rolling admission applications.
  • Check the status of your applications through your online accounts with each school. If a document such as the transcript is missing, please let us know immediately since the colleges do not notify us.
  • If necessary, retake the SAT or ACT and arrange to have scores sent. (Dates posted on the College Board and ACT websites)
  • If applicable, take SAT II exams.
  • Check on the status of your letters of recommendation with your teachers. No more than two are necessary, and it is usually encouraged to have one recommendation from a math/science teacher, and one from a humanities/social science teacher.
  • Once accepted to colleges, apply for housing if possible, even if you are still waiting for other decisions. The University of Florida allows applicants to apply for housing once the application is submitted.
  • Attend College Information Sessions held at University School (get permission from your teacher to miss class) and other nearby locations (see website for dates and times of college visits).
  • Meet Admissions Officers at the University School College Fair. Over 100 college admissions representatives will be in attendance at the College Fair, which is exclusive to University School Upper School students and families.
  • Early decision applicants are notified in mid-December. If accepted, notify all other schools withdrawing your application.
  • Please see your College Counselor for mock interview tips for alumni interviews.
  • Fill out CSS Profile for financial aid for private colleges (through College Board) as early as October.
  • If applicable, complete NCAA (eligibility center: http://www.eligibilitycenter.org) form. Notify College Counseling to send an official transcript.

Winter

  • Apply for Florida Bright Futures Scholarship after October 1. We will guide you in completing this application.
  • Prepare and submit FAFSA forms if seeking financial aid (after October 1).
  • If your students have received offers of admission, consider taking them to visit the colleges.

Spring

  • SENIOR GRADES COUNT!! Colleges require a final transcript and will rescind admissions decisions if grades substantially decline throughout the senior year.
  • All admission decision notifications have been received (April 1st).
  • Students must make a final decision and send in a deposit to that institution only; May 1st is the universal deadline. Students should then contact all other colleges declining admissions offers. Students must deposit at only one school!
  • Advise your counselor if you have chosen to remain on a wait list.
  • Prepare for college placement exams.
  • Take Advanced Placement Examinations, if applicable.