College Application Process

Applying to College

The college admission process begins as early as junior year for most students. Between researching schools, meeting with admission counselors, taking mandatory tests and going on college visits, there are several tasks to complete in the last two years of one's high school career. To help guide you through this process, we have created a timeline for juniors and seniors.

 

Colleges Comming to Culver

Throughout the school year, representatives from colleges and universities visit Culver to meet students interested in attending their respective institutions. The College Visitation Schedule is updated regularly on the Culver Calendar.   Students, grades 9 - 12, have College Visits noted on their Schoology Calendar, and Naviance.

Senior Timeline

 JULY

  • ACT date available (starting summer of 2018)

AUGUST

  • College Advising Classes Begin
  • Meet individually with your college advisor
  • Review your list and set firm deadlines to complete and revieww applications with your college advisor.
  • Thank your recommenders!
  • SAT date available

SEPTEMBER

  • September 1: Registration deadline for October 1 SAT. Group meetings with college advisors.
  • Meet individually with your college advisor.
  • Mid-September: Make sure you and your parents complete the CSS PROFILE by October 20 if you are applying to a school under Early Decision. The CSS Profile is available at www.collegeboard.org.
  • ACT date available

OCTOBER

  • October: SAT or Subject Tests if appropriate. Registration deadline is September 1. Culver is a test center.
  • October: Regular registration deadlines for November SAT (Note that the listening tests for modern languages SAT Subject Tests are only offered in November.)
  • Students applying to the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin are encouraged to apply and submit all credentials by October 15. Students interested in Dickinson, SMU, University of Vermont, Tulane, Miami (Ohio), Big Ten Schools, and most state schools are strongly encouraged to apply for the November 1 Early Action Deadline or by November 1 if the school has rolling admission.
  • Continue to meet with college advisor.
  • Register for financial aid by filling out the CSS PROFILE online at collegeboard.org.
  • Continue refining list and conducting research.
  • Continue to work on applications.
  • Send in any applications to colleges with “rolling decision” policies.
  • Advisors are available to meet when parents are on campus.  Parents of Seniors, please call College Office to schedule an appointment.

If a student has decided to apply early, October is the time when the application must be completed. Early applications are commonly due in November. This is a good time, as well, to work on applications that are due on a “regular” decision basis (January through February).

As part of this process, the college advisors will discuss with each student his or her choices for teacher recommendations. Students should approach teachers to request recommendations.

The College Office will inform students and teachers about the steps necessary to submit recommendations via Naviance.

For students who submit early applications, the College Office does routinely send Term 1 grades to the colleges.

NOVEMBER

  • Register for the December SAT if necessary.
  • November: SAT or SAT Subject Tests if appropriate. (Note that the listening tests for modern languages SAT Subject Tests are only offered on this date.)
  • Continue meeting with college advisor.
  • Send in early application if appropriate.
  • Thanksgiving vacation. This week of vacation is a boon for college-bound seniors. It is undistracted time that should be devoted to wrapping up applications. The more a student completes during this vacation, the better. The December break is not the ideal time to be completing applications. Applications completed over the December break are often rushed and done without proper care.
  • University of California system applications must be submitted by November 30.

DECEMBER

  • December 3, 2016: SAT or SAT Subject Tests if appropriate.
  • Culver does not report standardized test scores to colleges. Students must instruct the College Board to send all required test scores to colleges. In order to avoid a potential delay of applications, students must be sure the College Board has sent their scores by this test date. Be aware of “test-optional” schools.
  • Mid-December: Colleges notify early applicants of decisions.
  • Early application candidates who have been notified of a decision should meet with their college advisor to discuss the next steps.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 

  • Most regular decision applications are due between December 31, 2016 and February 15, 2017. It is the student’s responsibility to know those deadlines.
  • Update Colleges on noteworthy Term 2 progress, awards, and accomplishments.
  • After January 2017 there is no longer an SAT date offered.

FEBRUARY & MARCH

  • Update colleges on noteworthy progress, awards, and accomplishments (for example, leadership positions)

APRIL

  • April 1 should mark the receipt of any remaining decisions.  Advisors continue to support students through their decisions, and in pursuit of offers for admission from wait list when preferred.
  • Decisions and deposits must be made by May 1

MAY

  • College decisions are made. 
  • AP Exams

JUNE

  • Graduation!

 

 

 

Junior Timeline

 

AUGUST

  • Return to School
  • Share any special interests with College Advisors
  • Athletic Recruiting
  • Service Academy / ROTC interest
  • Meet with College Advising as needed

SEPTEMBER

  • PSAT/NMSQT and Standardized Test Planning Meeting
  • Parents Weekend College Programming – Open to all parents and students
    • Friday Afternoon (please see the Parent Weekend Schedule for time and details)
    • Saturday (please see the Parent
    • Weekend Schedule for time and details)
  • Meet with College Advising as needed

OCTOBER

  • PSAT
  • College Advisors are assigned
  • Meet with College Advising as needed

NOVEMBER

  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Meet with College Advisor as needed

DECEMBER

  • Post-PSAT Meeting – NTP and Term 3 Test Preparation Class reminders
  • Good date for first SAT and/or ACT schedule permitting
  • Meet with College Advisor as needed

JANUARY

  • Return from Winter Break
  • Meet with College Advisor as needed

FEBRUARY

  • Term 3 College Advising Class
  • Term 3 SAT/ACT Test Preparation Class -  
  • ACT date available
  • Meet with College Advisor as needed

MARCH

  • SAT date available – Term 3 Tests Prep Class participants should register for this date.
  • Meet with College Advisor as needed

APRIL

  • ACT date available - Term 3 Tests Prep Class participants should Register for this date
  • Make College visits over Spring Break if possible
  • Meet with College Advisor in individual meeting(s)

MAY

  • AP Exams
  • SAT or SAT Subject Test dates available
  • Parents Weekend College Programming – Open to all parents and students
    • Friday Afternoon (please see the Parent Weekend Schedule for time and details)
    • Saturday (please see the Parent Weekend Schedule for time and details)
  • Meet with College Advisor in individual meeting(s)
  • Craft and confirm planning with College Advisor

JUNE

  • SAT or SAT Subject Test, and ACT dates available
  • College Visits
  • Work / Study / Explore
  • College Advisors available for ongoing support

JULY

  • ACT date available
  • College Visits
  • Work / Study / Explore
  • College Advisors available for ongoing support

AUGUST

  • College Visits
  • Return to Campus as Seniors and First Classmen
  • Grade 12 College Advising Class, Term 1
  • SAT date available