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College Applicant Checklist and Timetable
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College Essay

Scheduled College Visits Fall 2016.docx

College Applicant Checklist and Timetable


Junior Year - First Semester

October & November

  • Concentrate on Academics
  • Career Exploration - Found in Naviance/
  • Identify educational majors
  • Develop/Update Resume on Naviance
  • Naviance College Search; Develop list of prospective colleges/universities
  • Meet with college representatives at Beaumont
  • Attend college fairs, local receptions, open houses and visitation days 
  • Schedule individual college conference via Beaumont Website


Junior Year - Second Semester



  • Senior course selection begins - maintain quality senior year program
  • Prepare for SAT/Subject Tests and ACT Tests
  • Register for the April 8, 2017 ACT (Deadline March 3, 2017)
  • Register for the March 11, 2017 SAT Test (Deadline Feb. 10, 2017)
  • Plan to visit colleges


  • Summer programs posted on the Beaumont Website under Guidance/Student Opportunity
  • Finalize Junior Shadowing Placement
  • Visit college campuses
  • Register for May 6, 2017 SAT/Subject Tests (Deadline April 7, 2017)
  • Complete testing (SAT/Subject Tests and ACT) by June
  • Research college entrance requirements via Naviance


  • Register for June 3, 2017 SAT/SAT Subject Tests (Deadline May 5, 2017)
  • Register for June 10, 2017 ACT (Deadline May 5, 2017)
  • Finalize summer programs
  • Ask Two teacher for letters of recommendation
  • Make sure you have met with Ms. Grimaldi for your college conference



Senior Year – First Semester 

  • Attend senior college breakfast in September (seniors & parents)
  • Visit with college representatives at Beaumont School 
  • Attend college fairs and admissions receptions 
  • Continue to visit colleges 
  • Acquire and complete college applications and watch your deadlines 
  • Request teacher recommendations via Family Connection 
  • Schedule & prepare for college interview, if required 
  • Register to take and/or retake the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT with Writing 
  • Register for the CSS Financial Aid Profile (if applicable) in September 
  • Complete CSS Financial Aid Form by deadline date 
  • Attend Financial Aid Meeting in September (parents)
  • Attend Financial Aid Workshop in October (parents) 

Senior Year – Second Semester 

  • Mid-year Report of senior grades are sent by Beaumont to colleges 
  • Advise college counselor of acceptances, awards, and/or scholarships (bring in copies of acceptance and award letters to the guidance office) 
  • Send letter of thanks to colleges for their time and consideration if you are not going to attend their institution 
  • Candidate Reply Date with deposit must be mailed by May 1st to the college or university that you will be attending 
  • Beaumont will send final transcript of grades to the college/university that you will attend in the fall. 

College Deadline Calendar for 2016-2017

The Beaumont Guidance Department will process and mail all college applications, providing that the student observes and adheres to the deadline dates for submitting applications. 2016 2017 deadline calendar.docx

Test Websites


College Board Online


The Princeton Review 


Seeley Test Pros. Classes Offered for Juniors here at Beaumont

ACT Class Prep for the April 8th Test

  Classes offered: Mondays, March 6,13,20,27 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

SAT Class Prep for the May 6th Test

  Classes offered: Mondays, April 3,10,24, and May 1 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

To Register: Online at

Juniors: Registration for Kaplan’s free PSAT Prep Live has begun.  Highly-rated, expert instructors will review all the areas of the exam, streamed live online leading up to test day.  Register now by visiting

College Essay and Resume

Your college essay is your opportunity to personalize your application and make yourself stand out from the other applicants.

1.) Essay
 Select your topic for the essay from the choices of prompts listed here, or use one from an application you obtain during the summer when you visit colleges. This assignment should be practical. Therefore, if you know a specific topic on an application for a college to which you are applying, feel free to use that topic. At the top of the essay, type the topic you have chosen from our list or from your application. The teacher needs to see the prompt to which you are responding, so she can evaluate how well you are addressing it. These essay prompts listed here have appeared on the common application and on applications from individual colleges. The essay you write in the summer may be adjusted and revised to fit other similar topics.

Essay choices:

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts (Some New and Some Revised) from 2016-2017

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

VERY IMPORTANT!!! - The essay will demonstrate to the admissions staff your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. It presents you in a way different from the way courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data can. You must proofread carefully and revise the essay very well. A well-written essay may make a major difference in your being accepted and possibly receiving scholarships. Careless errors will make a poor impression, may cost you admission, and may eliminate a chance for a scholarship. A weak essay will jeopardize your grade in English for the first semester.   


Create a personal resume in Family Connection. Provide information through junior year. If you know what your senior activities (clubs, offices, sports, employment, volunteer work, etc.) will be, include that information also.


Describe in a reflective paragraph (150-200 words) which of the activities or awards holds the most meaning for you. THIS REFLECTIVE PARAGRAPH IS WORTH 25 POINTS.