The Common Application and UC applications become live on this day. Please open accounts and begin completing applications. Do not submit applications until you have met with your college counselor.
This is an exciting time for our students! Counselors meet with all Grade 12 students to discuss college application deadlines, provide instructions on asking teachers for recommendations, work with them on finalizing a college list to which students will ultimately apply, discuss early application activity, and so much more. We ask for the return of our college counseling questionnaire, and begin working with students on different pieces of the application process.
We have nearly 80 college representatives visit our Grade 12 students on our campus during the day. We also host many evening and weekend programs.
Students use the October SAT date to take the test again (if necessary). Counselors review all application materials for those students applying early with November 1 or November 15 deadlines, and are available during Fall Break for additional help.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available on October 1st.
This is the deadline to apply to Oxford, Cambridge, medical and veterinary schools in the UK, as well as to apply with an arts supplement to Stanford.
Counselors write detailed and powerful letters of recommendation for each Grade 12 student and review all teacher letters of recommendation. We coordinate every part of the application process, and send documents, including letters, required forms, and transcripts in support of the student applications. Counselors continue to review essays and other parts of the application for each Grade 12 student, and also help with specialized applications, including art portfolios, and music audition pieces.
November 1 or 15:
If a student is applying to a university early, the student will typically have a November 1 or 15 application deadline. Student financial aid documents must also be submitted by this deadline. Students will sometimes use the November SAT testing date (if applicable).
Counselors provide one-on-one help with the UC application. We review every page of each student’s UC application. The UC application must be submitted before the end of November. We continue to advise students, review essays, and answer financial aid questions throughout the application process.
The last SAT testing date available for Grade 12 students.
This is the major college application deadline for students applying to private colleges and universities in the United States.
This is the major deadline for applications to universities in the UK, Canada, and some private colleges and universities in the US.
The Cal Grant GPA verification form must be submitted by March 2.
Students receive decisions from colleges and universities. Counselors gather information and celebrate the incredible options in front of every single student!
All students will receive decisions from all colleges and universities by this date.
National deposit deadline. Students must choose which university to attend by this date. Congratulations!
Note: Our timeline of activities is similar to the timelines at other independent schools in the United States, including our peer schools in the Bay Area. January of Grade 11 is the perfect time developmentally for the student to understand and to participate in the college application process. Since the student is the heart of the process, it is important that they are ready to participate in and take ownership of their personal journey of growth!