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College Planning Calendar: May 2022

The school year is quickly coming to a close! Help students get ready for Decision Day, graduation, summer, and more with our May College Planning Calendar.

We’re closing in on the end of the year, but there is still plenty of college planning to be done by high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors alike—and of course, by counselors and consultants too. Here’s your monthly College Planning Calendar covering just about every event, holiday, and general planning situation coming in the month of May.

General college prep and planning

  • High school freshmen: While ninth graders should be finishing up their first year of high school strong, they should also look ahead and start planning a class schedule with college in mind that will challenge them academically.
  • High school sophomores: As school winds down, now is a great time for 10th graders to draw up an initial college list to start their research and look for any extracurricular gaps in their résumés they can pick up during junior year.
  • High school juniors: If 11th graders haven’t taken the SAT or ACT yet, they should plan to register for a session if they’re going to apply to colleges in the fall that still require or strongly recommend test scores.
  • High school seniors: Most 12th graders have made their final college decisions and are anxiously awaiting their first semester. However, many schools offer later enrollment deadlines as well as rolling admission, so it’s not too late if they want to make a plan for the fall!

Month-long observances and events

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Celebrate and learn about AAPI causes and culture this month and beyond. Check out our AAPI Heritage Month content to kick things off!
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: The mental health of students and discussions surrounding it are extremely important. This month is a great time to have honest conversations with students about their health and how to find help when they need it. Check out all our mental health content for resources to share with them.
  • Jewish American Heritage Month: Celebrate the achievements and contributions Jewish Americans have made in communities around the US during the month of May.
  • Homeschooling Awareness Month: Homeschool students are just like any other student—they need guidance too. Parents also acting as counselors can read up on college prep for homeschool students on CollegeXpress.
  • National Photography Month: This is a great opportunity to encourage students interested in photography to think about what kind of future they could build in the field. Be sure to share these Colleges With Fine Photography Programs.

Sunday, May 1

National Decision Day

Happy National College Decision Day! While not all students will be making their enrollment deposit today, it’s still a great day to celebrate the accomplishment of completing the college admission process and getting accepted to great schools.

Our Best Advice on Making Your Final College Decision: Students having trouble deciding where to spend the next four years? Here are our top articles on how to make the final college decision, all in one place.

Tuesday, May 3

National Teacher Day

Happy National Teacher Day! Celebrate incredible educators today and every day for everything they give to their students.

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day acts as a reminder to governments and the general public of the importance of freedom of the press and professional ethics. This year’s theme is “Journalism Under Digital Siege.”

4 Great Public Universities for Studying Journalism: Students considering majoring in Journalism can check out these four great public colleges that could be their dream school!

Wednesday, May 4

Free Parents SAT/ACT Score webinar

Prep Expert’s Dr. Shaan Patel is offering another free parents webinar on 10 secrets to raising standardized test scores and winning scholarships to top colleges. Parents can sign up for this webinar that starts at 6:00 pm ET on Wednesday the 4th.

Cappex’s Webinar Wednesdays

Webinar Wednesdays is a series from Cappex for advisors, counselors, and teachers to highlight partner college programs, best practices in advising, and more. Counselors can follow the series on Crowdcast to get notifications for the events. Sessions are offered on May 4, 18, and 25, all at 3:00 pm ET.

Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you to all you Star Wars fans out there!

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Thursday, May 5

SAT Regular registration deadline

Today is the Regular registration deadline for the June 4 SAT test date.

Cinco De Mayo

Today marks the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. ¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

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Friday, May 6

ACT Regular registration deadline

Today is the Regular registration deadline for the June 11 ACT test date.

National Nurses Week

Nurses Week kicks off with National Nurses Day on the 6th and also includes Student Nurse Day on the 8th and School Nurse Day on the 11th. Thank you to all the incredible nurses out there!

Make a Difference by Majoring in Nursing: The demand for qualified nurses has never been higher. Here are just a few reasons more prospective students should consider a major in Nursing.

National Space Day

Today is a day dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration of space.

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Saturday, May 7

SAT test date

Today is an SAT test date for students across the country. Remind those taking the test to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast the morning of!

Sunday, May 8

World Red Cross Day

World Red Cross Day is celebrated to encourage people to donate both time and money to those in need through this year’s theme #BeHumanKind. It’s held on May 8 every year to honor the birthday of Red Cross co-founder and first-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Dunant.

Mother’s Day

Give your mom or the maternal figures in your life a big hug today and make sure they know how special they are. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Monday, May 9

Free ACT prep class

Students taking the ACT in June can get ready with Kaplan’s free ACT prep class on Monday the 9th from 7:30–8:30 pm ET.

Tuesday, May 10

Three-Week Student Writing Course

College Essay Guy and associate Lyn Fairchild Hawks are teaming up to offer counselors and consultants a three-week coaching course—starting the 10th and ending the 24th—on Practical Coaching Strategies for the Average Student Writer to help you aid students in improving their writing. Prices vary for registration, including pay-what you-can options 

Wednesday, May 11

Fine Arts Block Party

Cappex Block Parties are one- to two-night virtual events hosted by college admission or College Greenlight staff to discuss certain areas of admission and academics. Students can sign up for the mailing list to get more information on the Fine Arts Webinar taking place on Wednesday the 11th at 5:00 pm ET.  

Help students find schools with great Fine Arts programs using our lists of featured performing arts colleges and featured visual arts colleges across the country. 

Sunday, May 15

Free SAT Bootcamp

Students taking the SAT in June can get ready with Kaplan’s Free SAT Bootcamp on Sunday the 15th from 2:00–3:30 pm ET.

Tuesday, May 17

SAT Regular registration deadline

Today is the Regular registration deadline for the June 4 SAT test date.

Friday, May 20

SAT scores released

Scores for the multiple-choice portion of the May 7 SAT test date should be released today.

ACT late registration deadline

Today is the Late registration deadline for the June 11 ACT test date.

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Saturday, May 21

Armed Forces Day

Today is a day to honor current active military members and their service to our country.

Free ACT prep class

Students who can’t make it to the mid-week session earlier in the month can sign up for Kaplan’s second free ACT prep class on Saturday the 21st from 1:00–2:00 pm ET.

Multilingual Mini-Course

College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, is offering a mini-course for college counselors and educators on How to Work Effectively With Multilingual Students. It will take place from 10:00 am–12:30 pm on Saturday the 21st. Register now! 

Wednesday, May 25

SAT Late registration deadline

Today is the Late registration deadline for the June 4 SAT test date. 

Thursday, May 26

Free SAT Bootcamp

If students miss the first session, they can still prepare for their upcoming SAT test date with Kaplan’s second free SAT Bootcamp of the month on Thursday the 26th from 7:30–9:00 pm.

Saturday, May 28

Amnesty International Day

Sponsored by Amnesty International, this day promotes the work for human rights and raises awareness of the ways those rights are violated. This year focuses on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Colleges for the Person Who Cares About the World: Are your students the next big world changers? They may be interested in these colleges that offer coursework in areas such as peace studies, conflict resolution, poverty studies, global studies, and human rights. 

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day

Today is more than just a Monday off from work and school. Remember to take a moment to honor our fallen soldiers and the sacrifices they made for our country.

Tuesday, May 31

CollegeXpress May mini-scholarship deadline

Today is the last day to enter our $1,000 Smile Scholarship Contest! Make sure your students are registered on CollegeXpress for a chance to win some easy money this month.


Have your students joined the CollegeXpress community yet? Refer them here! Just by signing up, they’ll have a chance to win not only our easy monthly scholarships but our annual $10,000 scholarship contest as well.

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