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College Planning Calendar: July 2023

Summer means warm weather, vacations, and fun! But there are still some important dates and college prep steps to take. See what July has in store here.

Summer is in full swing, and everyone is enjoying their well-deserved break! But there are still some important dates, events, resources, and deadlines that students, parents, and counselors should be aware of. Check out what’s happening in July with this month’s College Planning Calendar, and feel free to share it with your network. Then log off, get outside, and enjoy some fun in the sun!

General college prep and planning

Month-long observances and events

  • Start studying for the SAT: If your students plan to take the SAT in November this year, the experts at the College Board recommend to start studying this month to feel properly prepared.
  • National Culinary Arts Month: How many students do you know who love to cook? Encourage them to consider this as a career path by helping them discover their higher education options, like these Colleges With Strong Culinary/Cooking Programs.
  • Park and Recreation Month: Public parks and other natural spaces are so important to communities! Do your students know they could make a living in national park management and recreation? During Park and Recreation Month, facilitate conversations about this viable option with students who want to work to strengthen their communities.

Saturday, July 1

Canada Day

Today honors the day the three separate colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united into the single country of Canada. Happy Canada Day to our friends to the north!

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Start of Clean Beaches Week

Get walking on the beach to pick up trash along the shore. Get involved and do your part to keep our planet healthy during Clean Beaches Week!

Free college planning webinars

Moon Prep is hosting a free College Planning: High School Students recorded webinar over Zoom to help high schoolers start the college planning process early. It will take place from 7:00­–8:00 pm ET on Saturday the 1st, so encourage them to register ASAP!

If your students are looking for specific admission essay help, Moon Prep’s 8-Day Crash Course: Learn How to Write an Effective Personal Statement webinar will also be available to access starting July 1.

International Joke Day

If pilgrims traveled on the Mayflower, what do college students travel on? Scholar-ships. Tell someone a good joke today and spread the laughter!

Tuesday, July 4

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! Did you know July is also National Hot Dog Month? Throw some of those on the grill and have a wonderful day celebrating the nation’s birthday and enjoying time with friends and family.

Gif of hotdogs with mustard spelling out Happy Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 5

SAT Live Online Trial Class

Kaplan is offering two free SAT Live Online Trial webinars this month. The first will take place on Wednesday the 5th from 9:00–11:00 am ET.

Thursday, July 6

How to Apply to College video courses

Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy, is hosting four weeks of webinars for students from July 6­–27 on How to Write the College Application + Supplemental Essays. Sessions will run from 1:00–2:30 pm and 7:00–8:30 pm ET every Tuesday of the month. Topics in weekly order include brainstorming, activities lists and the “Why us?” essay, supplemental essays, and reviewing the whole application. Courses aren’t free, but students can submit a pay-what-you-can request if needed.

Saturday, July 8

Scholarship search crash course

Moon Prep isn’t just helping students with the college search and applications this month—they’re also sharing their knowledge on scholarships with their free 9-Day Crash Course: The Search for Scholarships webinar. Students can register now for this pre-recorded series starting Saturday the 8th from 7:00–8:00 pm ET.

SAT Live Online Trial Class

Kaplan is offering two free SAT Live Online Trial webinars this month. The second will take place on Saturday the 8th from 3:00–5:00 pm ET.

Tuesday, July 11

World Population Day

World Population Day is a day of recognition to raise global awareness on demographic issues such as poverty, gender equality, maternal health, disease, warfare, and human rights. Learn how you can get involved in helping the people of the world!

Live course for college counselors and educators

The College Essay Guy is offering a live course specifically for counselors and educators this month as well. Consisting of three sessions, Practice Coaching Strategies for the Average Student Writer will help you guide students through college essays and writing development. The sessions will take place from 7:00–9:00 pm ET on the 11th, 18th, and 25th.

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Wednesday, July 12

UC Personal Insight Questions boot camp

The College Essay Guy is hosting another three days of webinars on How to Write the UC Personal Insight Questions for students planning to apply to schools in the University of California system. Covering everything they need to know about following UC’s specific essay requirements, sessions will run from 1:00–2:30 pm and 7:00–8:30 pm ET on July 10­, 12, and 14. These courses aren’t free, but students can submit a pay-what-you-can request if needed.

Saturday, July 15

ACT test date

Today is an ACT test date at centers around the country except New York State.

  • SAT & ACT Date Wheel: Find other upcoming standardized test dates and deadlines with our recently updated calendar.

Tuesday, July 18

Nelson Mandela International Day

Happy birthday to the late, great Nelson Mandela! To honor him and the causes he cared about, the Nelson Mandela Foundation urges people to get involved in the community and help others as he always tried to do.

Wednesday, July 19

Free SAT/ACT score webinar for parents

Prep Expert’s Dr. Shaan Patel is offering a free parents webinar on 10 secrets to raising standardized test scores and winning big scholarships to top colleges. Parents can sign up for this one that starts at 6:00 pm ET on Wednesday the 19th.

Application iQ Camp

Moon Prep’s featured webinar of the month is their Application iQ Camp, which helps BS/MD candidates get a head start on their college applications this summer. The event will take place on July 19 from 7:00–8:30 pm ET.  While the boot camp is free, students must be registered with Moon Prep to attend.

Thursday, July 20

Moon Day

Today celebrates the 54th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon!

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Saturday, July 22

College application webinar

Moon Prep is offering another free webinar this month to help students with their college applications. They can register for Crash Course: A Step-by-Step Guide for Applying to College taking place on Saturday the 22nd from 7:00–8:00 pm ET.

Monday, July 24

Amelia Earhart Day

Today honors the birthday of Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Students interested in this career path should check out this list of Colleges With Excellent Programs for Aviation and Flying.

Friday, July 28

SAT Regular registration deadline

Today is the Regular registration deadline for the August 26 SAT test date.

Sunday, July 30

International Day of Friendship

Celebrate your friends both near and far today on the International Day of Friendship!

Supplemental essays webinar

Moon Prep’s last free webinar of the month walks students through a Crash Course on How to Write Supplemental Essays for college admission. It will be available starting July 30 from 7:00–8:00 pm ET.

Monday, July 31

UC Personal Insight Questions boot camp, round two

If students miss the first UC Personal Insight Questions webinar at the beginning of the month, they can sign up for the second set of sessions that start on Monday the 31st and go into August (same timeframes). As with the College Essay Guy’s other online events, students can submit a pay-what-you-can request if needed.

CollegeXpress iPad Summer Giveaway deadline

Today is the last day to enter our iPad Summer Giveaway! From July 1–31, students can create a free CollegeXpress account (or log back in) and answer an easy question for a chance to win a 10th Generation iPad. This month we’re asking: Which phone app do you use the most and why?

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