Deadline Guide

Follow this schedule to keep your college search on track
By College Factual

Choosing a college can be overwhelming, and once you’ve started your search there are a few key deadlines to keep in mind. Here are priorities for your checklist and calendar:

ADVANCE PLANNING

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall:

  • If you have not already done so, compile a list of colleges that interest you. It may seem obvious, but be sure that each school offers the degree program(s) you are interested in pursuing.
  • Schedule trips to visit each campus. While the summer may be more convenient for you to do this, the optimal time is during the college school year so that you can get a better feel for the campus culture.

Winter/Spring:

  • If you plan to take the SAT, take the PSAT first in October. If you’re taking the ACT route, look into the PreACT to help you prepare. SAT and ACT tests are offered multiple times throughout the year. Take either test once as a junior; then, retake it in the fall of your senior year, if necessary, to improve your score.
  • Narrow your initial list of colleges to the ones you are more interested in attending.
  • Research scholarship opportunities.

It’s important to stay on top of deadlines because you will need to juggle studying for tests (high school and standardized) with completing applications for colleges and scholarships.


SENIOR YEAR:

Fall:

  • Meet with your guidance counselor, who will help you stay on track and ensure you create a calendar that helps you keep track of deadlines.
  • By September, you should have a final list of colleges to which to apply. The number may vary, depending on how much you want to spend on application fees (the average fee in 2019 was $43 per school). Your list should include two safety schools, two or three good-fit schools and one or two reach schools.
  • Request letters of recommendation and work on your essays for colleges and scholarships.
  • If you are retaking the SAT or ACT, do so no later than December. Have your scores sent directly to the colleges you want to attend. Applications for scholarships are also due around this time.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as Oct. 1. The earlier date allows you more time to prepare your finances and gives colleges more time to prepare financial aid packages.

Winter/Spring:

  • Most regular-admission applications are due in December or January.
  • College acceptance letters and financial aid offers generally arrive in April. Review and compare financial aid offers with your parents or guardians to determine which school is offering the best deal. If you’ve done your research, there shouldn’t be too many surprises in the financial aid packages.
  • Most schools have enrollment deadlines of May 1. Let the college you’ve chosen know you’re coming and make any necessary deposits

College Factual (collegefactual.com) is a website that helps guide students through the college-selection process.

Nucor Technical Academy now accepting applications!

Interested in launching your career at Nucor, but need additional education to get you there? From essential coursework to extensive hands-on training, the Nucor Technical Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama puts you on the right path to becoming part of the Nucor team.

The Nucor Technical Academy is a unique program designed to launch successful Nucor careers by providing FREE tuition and housing for motivated, qualified candidates who GET PAID to go to class.

Our program provides education and hands-on training without the typical financial burdens of going to school.

  • Tuition and fees are completely covered by the program (3.0 GPA required)
  • Housing is provided for students living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Nucor provides travel allowances for moves between Tuscaloosa and your home mill
  • Students are paid for their time in class
  • Graduates become part of the Nucor team with competitive full-time pay and benefits

An informational student & parent meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Nucor Crawfordsville facility (4537 S. Nucor Rd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933). To RSVP, please email Ron Barnett at ron.barnett@nucor.com. Applications will be accepted through the end of March 2019.

Alumni Feature | Erin Davidson ’09

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our latest alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

Wednesday Workshop: College Apps 101

Need help with your college applications? Have a question about a scholarship? Want a second pair of eyes on your application essay? We’re here to help!

The first Wednesday Workshop will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 7:45-8:30 a.m. in the Guidance Office conference room. This week, members from the Guidance Office staff will be available to answer any questions Seniors have related to college applications, essays or scholarships.

Students are encouraged to stop in at any time during this time block. Bring your Chromebook to the workshop!

Please click here to RSVP for the 9/26 Workshop.

When Should You Take the SAT?

Content Credit: The College Board Blog

Generally, students take the SAT for the first time in spring of their junior year. They usually test a second time in summer or fall of senior year, but the best time to take the SAT is different for everyone. It can depend on factors like your level of preparation and college application deadlines.

Key Things to Know About SAT Test Dates

The SAT is administered nationally in August, October, November, December, March, May, and June. There are also school day administrations in the fall and spring for participating schools. So, you have at least seven opportunities to take the test each year.

Check out upcoming SAT test dates,  including anticipated test dates through 2021, and SAT registration deadlines.

When to Take the SAT

4 Things You Need to Know Before Picking an SAT Date

#1 Deadlines for college applications

It’s important to consider deadlines for your college applications when scheduling an SAT date so your scores will be delivered on time. Typically for a high school senior, regular decision deadlines are in December or January and the most common early action or early admission deadline is in NovemberBe sure to check the official deadlines for the colleges you plan on applying to. Use them as a guideline when figuring out when to take the SAT. And leave time for multiple attempts in case you want to retake the SAT.

FREE TOOL ALERT: Use Make a Plan at BigFuture with your College Board account to create and manage a list of key deadlines and dates you can access anywhere.

#2. Make time to practice 

Give yourself enough time to prep before the test date you choose. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel as you approach your SAT date. Set aside study time during breaks (summer and winter). Going on vacation? Take your study materials with you just in case you have some spare time (our Daily Practice app is great for this—see the link below). Here are a few quick links to get you started with your SAT prep:

  • Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®: Free and personalized study for everyone. Take official full-length practice tests, use interactive practice, and get a tailored practice plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results.
  • Daily Practice App: SAT prep you can use anytime, anywhere.
  • SAT Practice Tests: Simulate test day with official full-length SAT practice tests.
  • Sample Questions: Check out these questions so you’ll know what to expect on test day.

#3. School and personal commitments

You have a lot going on—classes, homework, extracurriculars, exams, jobs, family, and more. Consider these when picking a test date. Try to avoid taking the SAT at a time you might be EXTRA busy with finals, AP Exams, family occasions, big games, or school club events.

#4. High school classes help you prepare

The SAT tests general concepts you’re learning in your high school classes. All the English/language arts classes you’ve been taking since middle school will come to your aid when you take the SAT. Math classes like trigonometry, geometry, and algebra (elementary and intermediate) will be helpful too. So, if you haven’t taken a trig class yet, that’s a topic you might spend more time focusing on. If you’ve already taken classes like geometry and algebra, you can use your knowledge as a guide when you’re practicing and during the test.

When Should You Take the SAT?

College planning is a big step in your high school career and the SAT can be an important factor in your college admission process. Planning early and choosing test dates in advance will make your college application process a lot easier.

Check out this video for tips from other students on creating a timeline that works for you:

When should you take the SAT for the first time?

Take your first SAT in the spring of your junior year. This is the most logical time to take the SAT because it gives you time to make a study plan during the winter and during breaks. (Or even before that if you’re trying to be super prepared.) Once you get your SAT scores back you can use them as a guide to help you prepare for the next time you take the SAT if you need to.

When should you take the SAT a second time?

Didn’t reach your goal the first time? That’s totally okay—you have time to prep harder and get the score you want. Test again in fall of your senior year. There are three fall SAT test dates (August, October, and November), and 67% of students improve their score the second time around.

So pick the dates that are right for you and register here. If you have more questions, check out The College Board help page.

Alumni Feature | Dr. Dane Mishler ’06

Welcome back, Southmont! Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our second alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

Are you a Southmont alum who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.

Alumni Feature | Jessica Shelton Miller ’14

Why are you proud to be a Mountie? We’ve asked alumni to tell us about their postsecondary path, what they’re doing now, and how Southmont made an impact on their success. Check out our first alumni testimonial video in our “Proud To Be A Mountie” series!

 

 

Are you a Southmont Alumni who would like to participate in the “Proud To Be A Mountie” series? Or do you know of a former Mountie who we should talk to? Contact Samantha Cotten for more information.