College Planning Calendar: January 2021

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

Friday, January 1

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year! Here’s to a better 2021 than 2020 was to us all. 

8 Tips for Starting the New Year With a Positive Mindset: With COVID-19 and everything else that happened in 2020, we’re all in need of some tips and reminders to foster a more positive mindset.

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Start of National Blood Donor Month

With the pandemic raging on and taking its toll on the health care field, any kindness helps. Encourage your students (who safely can) to donate blood this month for those in need

Start of National Hobby Month

Encourage your students to pick up a new hobby during winter break for National Hobby Month!

How to Boost Your Extracurriculars During COVID-19: As if students need another reason to indulge in extracurricular activities, new hobbies are a great way to boost their résumés for college applications during the pandemic.

Tuesday, January 5

ACT scores released

The complete scores for the December 12 ACT test date should be released today.

Thursday, January 7

Free ACT prep class

As always, Kaplan is offering free ACT/SAT prep courses for the month of January. This ACT prep session will be held between 7:30–8:30 pm on January 7.

Friday, January 8

ACT normal registration deadline

Today is the normal registration deadline for the February 6 ACT test date.

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Sunday, January 10

Free SAT Bootcamp

This is the first free Kaplan SAT prep course for the month of January. Students can attend this Sunday afternoon session from 1:00–2:30 pm on the 10th.

Debunking 4 SAT, ACT, and Remote Learning Myths: For students unsure if taking the SAT or ACT makes sense with the increase in test-optional admission, this article debunks myths about standardized tests and remote learning to show you why it’s all still worth it.

Friday, January 15

ACT late registration deadline

Today is the late registration deadline for the February 6 ACT test date.

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy MLK day! We hope you take this day to celebrate and learn more about this truly remarkable man and everything he did for the Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships: CollegeXpress has a ton of listings for scholarships in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.! Share these with your students who may qualify for these great awards.

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Sunday, January 24

Free ACT prep class

This is the only other chance for students to sign up for Kaplan’s free ACT prep classes this month. It’ll be held from 3:00­–4:00 pm on Sunday the 24th

Wednesday, January 27

Free SAT Bootcamp

Kaplan is also only offering two free SAT bootcamp sessions this month. If students miss the first one, make sure they sign up for this one taking place between 6:30–8:30 pm on the 27th.

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