We’ve reached the final month of summer vacation! While that may be sad, there’s so much for you and your students to look forward to in the upcoming school year. Here are some general tasks and resources to help them plan for college admission season as well as specific dates to track throughout the month.
General monthly planning
- Rising freshmen: You’re starting high school soon! While you should spend your time adjusting and don’t have to really think about college right now, starting the thought process will make it less overwhelming later. Check out this article on How to Think About College as a High School Freshman.
- Rising sophomores: Freshman year is behind you, and you don’t have to start your full-blown college search quite yet. Spend this year searching for scholarships and really diving into high school clubs and activities you love.
- Rising juniors: Most of your college planning as a high school junior will center around the scholarship search and building your college list. Get ahead of the game by starting (or continuing) to develop both of these now!
- Rising seniors: With the school year about to start, you should have already begun thinking about your college essays and who you can ask for letters of recommendation for your college applications. Start now if you haven’t!
- New college students: Create a packing list for school (you could start packing anything you won’t need access to for a while) and check in with your college on move-in day procedures.
Sunday, August 1
National Friendship Day
What better way to enjoy the rest of the summer before school starts than by celebrating great friends on National Friendship Day!
Video: Making Friends in High School vs. College: Make sure your students are prepared to find the best people to support them in high school or college!
Monday, August 2
Free SAT Bootcamp
As always, Kaplan is offering free online SAT Bootcamps to help students prepare for the test. Students can sign up for the first session this month on August 2 from 7:00–8:30 pm.
Wednesday, August 4
US Coast Guard Day
Today commemorates the founding of the US Coast Guard! For students interested in the profession, they can consider attending the United States Coast Guard Academy for college.
Thursday, August 5
Free ACT prep class
Kaplan is also offering two free ACT prep classes this month. The first is offered on August 5 from 2:00–3:00 pm.
Friday, August 6
ACT regular registration deadline
Today is the regular registration deadline for the September 11 ACT test date.
Tuesday, August 10
ACT multiple-choice scores released
The multiple-choice scores for the July 17 ACT test date will be released today.
Saturday, August 14
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day and the Daughters Festival. Learn something new about your Chinese peers and friends’ culture today!
Sunday, August 15
SAT late registration deadline
Today is the last chance for students to register for the August 28 SAT test date.
Feast of the Assumption of Mary
Today is a lesser-known Christian Holy Day that celebrates the Virgin Mary being taken to heaven.
Thursday, August 19
Free SAT Bootcamp
Today is the second chance to register for a free SAT Bootcamp with Kaplan. Students can settle in for this session on the 19th from 6:30–8:00 pm.
5 Great Ways to Prepare for the SAT: If your students need a little extra advice beyond the Bootcamp, here are some ways they can get ready for the test.
Friday, August 20
ACT late registration deadline
Today is the late registration deadline for the September 11 ACT test date.
Saturday, August 21
National Honeybee Day
Bees are so important to our environment! Celebrate today by learning about the importance they serve and maybe even buy some locally sourced honey.
Sunday, August 22
Free ACT prep class
This is the last chance to register for a free ACT prep class from Kaplan on August 22 from 5:00–6:00 pm.
Tuesday, August 24
ACT Essay scores released
The Essay scores for the July 17 ACT test date will be released today.
Thursday, August 26
Women’s Equality Day
Today commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote.
Great Women's Colleges for Female and Nonbinary Students: Empower your students further and expand their college search with these great schools to consider.
Saturday, August 28
SAT test date
The August 28 SAT test date is open to all students across the country.
Tuesday, August 31
CollegeXpress easy scholarship deadline
Today is the last day for students to enter the CollegeXpress Last-Chance Summer Scholarship Contest to win $1,000 for school.
Have your students joined the CollegeXpress community yet? Refer them here! You can also check out other helpful resources like our Featured Colleges Listicles that are organized by region and interest.