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College Planning Calendar: December 2021

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

Can you believe it’s the last month of 2021? It’s also a busy, busy time for students in all grade levels, with finals, college applications, winter break plans, and more! Get organized and ready for the holidays with our calendar of important dates in December. Happy planning (and almost Happy New Year!).

General monthly planning

Month-long observances and celebrations

  • Advent: This is the extended observance most Christian denominations follow in preparation for Christmas, the commemoration of the birth of Jesus. Get your Advent calendars ready!
  • National Handwashing Awareness Month: It’s more important than ever to follow simple health precautions like handwashing at home, school, work—everywhere!
  • Learn a Foreign Language Month: Encourage your students to expand their horizons with these top tips for learning foreign languages.
  • Procrastination Awareness Month: Procrastination may plague us every month, but being aware and learning to curb this bad habit is the theme of December. 

Wednesday, December 1

World Aids Day

First observed in 1988, today is a day to educate yourself and others about HIV and AIDS and ways to prevent them.

Friday, December 3

Complete SAT scores released

Colleges should receive complete SAT scores for the November 6 test date by today.

Saturday, December 4

SAT test date

This SAT test date is available to all students around the country.

4 Awesome (and Free) SAT Prep Resources: If students need a little extra help getting ready for the test, they can check out these amazing free resources! 

Monday, December 6

Last day of Hanukkah

We hope the Jewish community had a wonderful eight days of celebrating this year. Happy Hanukkah!

Gif of animated flames dancing on Hanukkah candles

via GIPHY 

Wednesday, December 8

Free SAT Bootcamp

Students can sign up today for the first session of Kaplan’s monthly free SAT Bootcamp webinars. The class runs from 7:00–8:30 pm on Wednesday the 8th. 

Thursday, December 9

Free college admission webinar

Moon Prep is offering students a free virtual webinar this month to help students with the college application process. Students can sign up for “Ask Me Anything—Get Advice From an Experienced College Counselor” on December 9 from 8:00–9:00 pm.

Ask the Experts: If your students would like more advice from experts who know what they’re talking about, they can check out our quick Ask the Experts posts, which answer questions posed by real students like them.

Friday, December 10

Human Rights Day

Designated by the UN in 1948, Human Rights Day promotes their cause with a yearly theme. This year’s theme is EQUALITY: Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights. 

Nobel Prize Day

Today awards and honors those who are contributing to the progress and success of fields such as physics, literature, peace, medicine, and more. Encourage your students to reach for the stars and the greater good with these types of careers!

Lisa and a scientists in the Simpsons talking about the Nobel Prize

The Simpsons via GIPHY 

Saturday, December 11

ACT test date

This ACT test date is available for all students around the country. 

Sunday, December 12

Free ACT prep class

Students can sign up today for the first session of Kaplan’s monthly free ACT prep classes. The course runs from 12:00–1:00 pm on Sunday the 12th. 

Friday, December 17

SAT multiple-choice scores released

The multiple-choice test scores should be released today for the December 4 SAT test date

Monday, December 20

Free ACT prep class

Students can sign up today for the second session of Kaplan’s monthly free ACT prep classes. This option runs from 7:00–8:00 pm on Monday the 20th

Tuesday, December 21

ACT multiple-choice scores released

The multiple-choice test scores should be released today for the December 11 ACT test date.

Wednesday, December 22

Free SAT Bootcamp

Students can sign up today for the second session of Kaplan’s monthly free SAT Bootcamp webinars. This one runs from 2:00–3:30 pm on Wednesday the 22nd.

Saturday, December 25

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!

Gif of music producer Dram in front of Christmas tree with Santa hat

@dram via GIPHY 

Sunday, December 26

Start of Kwanzaa

Joyous Kwanzaa to the African and African American community!

The Gift of Volunteering: 7 Opportunities for Winter Break: There’s no better time to give back than the holidays! Give the gift of your time and energy to those in need this season. 

Friday, December 31

New Year’s Eve

It’s time to put 2021 to rest and hope that 2022 has better things in store for us in our lives with the pandemic!

Animated gif of animals dancing with party hats

@evite via GIPHY 

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