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College Planning Calendar: August 2021

Stay on top of the college planning process with our monthly College Planning Calendar for counselors, students, and parents. Happy August planning!

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

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! 

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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

Qixi Festival

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. 

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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. 

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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.


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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.

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