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College Planning Calendar: January 2022

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

Winter break is almost over and a new semester will be starting soon! There’s a lot of college planning to do at the beginning of a new year. Here’s a look at the general monthly planning, special observances, and specific dates to stay on top of in January 2022 to help students during their college planning journeys.

General monthly planning

Month-long observances and celebrations

  • National Blood Donor Month: Donating blood helps save lives! And students can save lives, volunteer, and win money for college through the American Red Cross this month. Check out the Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program to find out how to get involved.
  • National Braille Literacy Month: Braille literacy for the blind is just as important to uplift and support as visual literacy is. This month honors Louis Braille, the creator of the tactical writing and reading system.
  • National Mentoring Month: Mentors are extremely important for students’ personal and academic growth. Get your soon-to-be college students ready to seek support in their higher education journey with this advice on How Students Can Find Supportive Mentors in College.
  • National Hobby Month: Students and counselors should make time to reinvest in hobbies this month. (It’s especially worth it seeing as students’ hobbies could result in scholarship money!)

Saturday, January 1

New Year’s Day

You know what they say: New year, new me!

9 Tips for a Successful New Year: Set yourself up for success this year with some New Year’s tips.

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Complete SAT scores released

Colleges should receive complete SAT scores for the December 4 SAT test date by today.

Tuesday, January 4

ACT Essay scores released

The Essay scores for the December 11 ACT test date should be released today. 

Braille Literacy Week

Although it’s observed the whole month, Braille Literacy Week also begins on January 4 in honor of Louis Braille’s birthday.

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SAT Live Online Trial Class

Different from the usual free SAT Bootcamp from Kaplan, this Live SAT Online Trial Class allows students to see and test out Kaplan’s paid SAT resources. Students can sign up for this class that takes place from 7:30–9:30 pm on Tuesday the 4th.

Wednesday, January 5

SAT Live Online Trial Class

If they can’t make the first session, Kaplan is offering a second SAT Live Online Trial Class just a day after the first. This one will take place from 6:00–8:00 pm on Wednesday the 5th.

Friday, January 7

Regular ACT registration deadline

Today is the Regular registration deadline for the February 12 ACT test date.

Saturday, January 8

Free ACT prep class

Students can prep for the February 12 ACT test date with this free ACT prep class from 2:00–3:00 pm on Saturday the 8th.

Monday, January 10

Free SAT Bootcamp

Students can prep for the SAT this month with Kaplan’s free SAT Bootcamp from 7:00–8:30 pm on Monday the 10th.

Monday, January 17

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.! 

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Tu Bishvat (Tu B'Shevat)

This Jewish holiday is a celebration of the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. Also known as the “New Year for Trees,” it’s an ecological awareness day where individuals celebrate by planting trees.

Friday, January 21

Late ACT registration deadline

Today is the late registration deadline for the February 12 ACT test date.

Saturday, January 22

Free SAT Bootcamp

If students miss the first session, Kaplan is offering a second free SAT Bootcamp on Saturday the 22nd from 1:00–2:30 pm.

Tuesday, January 25

Free ACT prep class

Students can prep with another free ACT prep class from 6:30–7:30 pm on Tuesday the 25th.

Monday, January 31

CollegeXpress easy scholarship deadline

Today is the last day for students to enter the CollegeXpress Fresh Start for a chance to win $2,500. Share this easy-money opportunity with your students now!  

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