Full College Timeline

  • First-Year – Explore

    • First-year students are introduced to the C&CC in December through our Connecting to Your Community initiative. During that time, we highlight how they can explore interests through the Miramonte community and show them the resources available through the C&CC.
    • Create a four-year plan of courses to enroll in at MHS. Think about what subjects you enjoy and might want to dive deeper into. Look at the course catalog and talk to your counselor. 
    • Explore extracurricular activities. Find clubs and activities that excite you and that align with your values, skills, and interests—connect to your new community.
    • Develop your time management and study skills. 
    • Plan a summer experience that helps you expand your world.
    • Athletes: Familiarize yourself with the NCAA and NAIA requirements.


    Sophomore Year – Expand

    • The C&CC sophomore initiative is launched in January/February and focuses on Getting to Know Yourself.
    • Continue existing extracurricular activities or get involved in new ones. Find a few activities to focus on and deepen your involvement. Possibly take on a leadership role
    • Stay focused on your academics. Sophomore year is important to college admissions officers and sets the tone for junior year
    • Consider taking the PSAT (preliminary SAT) in October 
    • Continue to familiarize yourself with resources available in the C&CC 
    • Update your four-year plan of courses for MHS. Meet with your counselor to discuss course selection for junior year. Consider challenging yourself to take high-level coursework in subjects you excel in
    • Work your way through the Getting to Know Yourself  workbook (February - May)
    • Visit a college or two locally or when you are on vacation. Plan to take an official college tour if you are traveling during spring break or over summer vacation
    • In the spring, take a full-length practice ACT and SAT to get a feel for which test format you prefer
    • Consider taking a community college course in a subject of interest not available to you at Miramonte during the summer. The registration process begins in March
    • Continue pursuing your interests over the summer. Take on a job, volunteer work, internship, or self-directed project
    • Athletes: If you think you may play Division I or II sports in college, register for the NCAA Clearinghouse, the NAIA Eligibility Center, and familiarize yourself with the academic requirements
    • Start an activities resume and keep track of all extracurricular activities (hrs/week/month), employment, awards, and volunteer work. You will need an activities resume for many colleges  
    • Explore Maia Learning: Begin searching colleges, look at academic profiles needed for schools you are interested in.


    Junior Year – Engage

    All Year Long

    • Focus on your academics. Junior year grades are often the last ones colleges see
    • Plan to take an official campus tour of colleges you are interested in or attend virtual tours and information sessions. When possible, visit campuses when college students are on campus to get a true feeling for campus life. Spring Break is a good time to plan college tours
    • Continue to participate in activities outside of class; it is not too late to get involved
    • Deepen your involvement, take on leadership roles
    • Update your activities resume with activities you participated in over the summer  


    • Revisit your four-year plan course plan and make adjustments where you feel they are needed 
    • Demonstrate interest in colleges by signing up on Maia Learning for an admission representative’s presentation (limit 2). Over 120 colleges visit the C&CC each year
    • Take the PSAT in October to be considered for National Merit Scholarship 
    • Attend a local College Fair
    • Sign up for AP tests and take them in May 
    • Determine your standardized testing plan. Consider taking the SAT/ACT in winter or spring: sign up on the appropriate testing platform. Establish your test prep schedule 
    • Stay on track with your ACT/SAT testing timeline and study schedule. Test prep resources are available on the website and in the C&CC. Take multiple full-length practice exams in advance of exams 
    • Explore college interests by sorting the college criteria on Corsava. Use those preferences to search for college matches
    • Build a list of preliminary schools you are interested in on Maia Learning; add schools of interest, you can condense the list next year 
    • Take an assessment at Mymajors
    • Athletes: Double-check that your classes meet NCAA Clearinghouse requirements. Complete online recruitment forms for each college you're considering. Make your sports resume and recruitment videos. Correspond with coaches periodically to show interest
    • Fine and Performing Arts Students: Sign up for Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs. Work on portfolio or audition materials throughout junior year



    • Schedule optional 1:1 meetings with the C&CC beginning in January
    • Attend C&CC workshops and Academy Sessions
    • Take the SAT/ACT. Test prep resources are available in the C&CC and on the MHS Website
    • Spend time on Maia Learning and other search engines researching potential colleges and their admission requirements 
    • Continue to add schools to "Considering" section of the Universities tab on Maia Learning
    • Attend student and parent workshops offered in the C&CC geared towards juniors regarding college admissions
    • Visit and tour college campuses during breaks or take an online virtual tour 
    • Start to research college scholarships
    • Request letters of recommendation from two academic teachers after Spring Break
    • Investigate and secure summer experiences. See MHS website for a full list of ideas
    • Read the College Handbook from the C&CC - distributed in January
    • Athletes: Send your sports resume and video to college coaches and fill out athletic recruitment surveys on the college websites
    • Fine and Performing Arts Students: Explore how the audition and portfolio process for college admissions. Continue to build your portfolio and audition videos


    • Attend the Summer Application Workshop 
    • Participate in summer experiences: research, internships, college coursework, work, travel, volunteer work
    • Finalize your college list. Make sure it reflects a balance of admissions possibilities (Likely, Target, Reach)
    • Research the type of applications required for each school on your list. Understand the requirements and deadlines 
    • Enter dates and deadlines into a college application spreadsheet to organize your information (see Senior Resources page)
    • Create a scholarship spreadsheet
    • Fill out your Counselor Brag sheet on Maia Learning
    • Continue to draft your Common App Personal Statement you began in your junior English class. or Personal Insight Questions (UC) and create summer drafts
    • Open a Common App account and complete the main sections of the Common App tab
    • Brainstorm your UC personal insight questions, if applying


    Senior Year – Execute

    All Year Long

    • Keep up your grades. Acceptances are conditional, and colleges expect the GPA you applied with to stay roughly the same 
    • Continue to participate in extracurricular activities outside of class
    • Read weekly emails from the C&CC and follow the weekly timeline
    • Attend MHS workshops and Academy sessions: senior applications, college representative visits, scholarship presentations, etc. 
    • Check your application portals and email regularly 
    • Send colleges any additional information they request promptly



    • Finalize college list, requirements, and deadlines for each college you are applying to
    • Decide if you are applying ED, EA, or RD for each college (see definitions in the Glossary of the College Handbook)
    • Work on your applications
    • Keep a log of the different websites, username/password data for each college application portal
    • Turn in your Brag sheet to your counselor. Due September 1st
    • Check your high school transcripts and make sure they are accurate (found on Aeries) 
    • Take the ACT/SAT one more time, if needed
    • Update your activities resume. Add activities you participated in over the summer. Use this information to fill out the activities section of your various applications (see Senior Resources)
    • Update the Maia Learning "Considering" list and move colleges over to the "Applying" section
    • Request/Confirm teacher recommendations verbally and send formal requests through Maia Learning
    • Order official transcripts from Miramonte 
    • Send official transcripts from any other schools you have taken coursework to colleges that require official transcripts at the time of application
    • Send ACT/SAT scores through the College Board (SAT) or ACT official sites to colleges you are applying to, if applicable
    • Register for AP test if taking AP classes 



    • Take the ACT/SAT for the final time
    • Finish your college essay(s) and personal statements 
    • Complete and send out all EA and ED applications by late October (Typically Nov. 1 deadline)
    • Review and submit financial aid information. FAFSA opens on October 1st. Apply by your school deadlines and/or FAFSA deadline. MHS automatically uploads Cal Grant eligibility for you 
    • Fill out the CSS Profile if needed for your colleges
    • Submit CSU and UC applications by the November 30th deadline (good idea to send by Thanksgiving)



    • Regular Decision (RD) deadlines are typically around January 1. Complete and send out all RD applications no later than mid-December
    • If you applied to a college EA or ED, you should receive admissions decisions around mid-December
    • If accepted ED, pull all other submitted applications
    • Thank all of your letter of recommender writers 



    • If deferred, send a letter of continued interest to the admissions representative. Reaffirm your interest in the school and offer them any updates to your application (awards, achievements)
    • Start to receive RD admissions decisions. CSUs and UCs typically announce decisions in mid-March



    • Colleges have until April 1st to release decisions
    • Share your rejection letters with the “Colleges Missing Out” wall in the C&CC
    • Evaluate financial aid packages and scholarship offerings
    • Update Maia Learning with application decisions received  
    • Plan visits to accepted colleges if needed to make your final decision. Attend admitted student day if offered admission to learn more about a college before enrolling
    • Accept admission to your college of choice by May 1st or earlier. May 1st is National Deposit Day. Once you accept an admission offer, you should let other colleges know that you do not plan to attend 
    • Enroll and submit a deposit by May 1



    • If you have been waitlisted, make sure to let the school know you are still interested by writing a Letter of Continued Interest (see Senior Resources)
    • Complete the MHS Graduation Survey in Maia Learning
    • Complete the final transcript Google form sent by the Registrar
    • Sign up for campus housing if you plan to live on campus and send a deposit, if required


    After Graduation

    • Sign up for College Orientation Sessions
    • Check your portal for any additional information needed by your college of choice
    • Send your AP Scores to the college you are attending
    • If waitlisted, continue to check your email for notifications