College Planning Calendar: September 2020

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

Tuesday, September 1

Start of Self Improvement Month

Start the month off right by encouraging your students to improve themselves and strengthen their study habits as they head back to school. 


Thursday, September 3

SAT normal registration

Today is the normal registration deadline for the October 3 SAT test date.

Monday, September 7

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy your three-day weekend!

Tuesday, September 8

International Literacy Day

Celebrate the importance of literacy with this year’s close-to-home theme: literacy teaching and learning during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

5 Great Book Recommendations for Social Distancing: To celebrate literacy and the learning of reading and writing during this scary time, check out these awesome reads!

Friday, September 11

Patriot Day

Hug your loved ones a little tighter on the remembrance of this sad day in US history and appreciate the first responders who made all the difference on 9/11.


SAT multiple-choice scores released

The multiple-choice portion for the August 29 SAT test date should be released by September 11.

Saturday, September 12

ACT test date

This testing date is available to students nationwide.

National Video Game Day

Get on your students’ level and celebrate the creativity and skills of video gaming today! 


Free SAT Bootcamp

Kaplan is offering another month of free virtual ACT and SAT prep classes. Kick it off with an SAT Bootcamp from 1:30–3:00 pm on September 12. Students can sign up here!

Tuesday, September 15

Start of Hispanic Heritage Month

Observed from September 15–October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the history, culture, and contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans. Encourage your students to learn more about Hispanic influence in the United States and celebrate your Hispanic students, friends, and peers! 

List: Four-Year Colleges Enrolling the Most Hispanic Students: For students still thinking about where they want to go to college, have them check out these amazing institutions with large Hispanic-student populations. 


Free ACT prep class

This is one of only two free ACT prep classes for the month. Make sure students register before it fills up! They should be ready for this one from 6:30–7:30 pm on September 15.

Best ACT Prep Tips: For even more ACT advice, students can find blogs and articles like this one in the Test Prep section on CollegeXpress.

Wednesday, September 16

Mexican Independence Day

Celebrate with your Mexican students, friends, and peers on the day Mexico launched the War for Independence from Spain in 1810.

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Friday, September 18

Rosh Hashanah begins

Happy start of the Jewish New Year to all our Jewish friends! 

ACT normal registration

Today is the normal registration deadline for the October 24 ACT test date.

Saturday, September 19

World Cleanup Day

You can help maintain our planet by cleaning up your corner of the globe and encouraging your students to get involved in World Cleanup Day in their communities. 

5 Ways Everyone Can Fight for the Environment: To encourage environmental care, have your students check out this article on being a warrior for our planet. 

Monday, September 21

International Day of Peace

As designated by the UN, the theme of this year’s International Peace Day is “Shaping Peace Together.” Stand with the UN in the fight against using the coronavirus to promote hatred and discrimination.

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SAT late registration

Today is the late registration deadline for the October 3 SAT test date.

Tuesday, September 22

Business Women’s Day

Give a shoutout to all the incredible businesswomen or aspiring businesswomen in your life today. 

Boss Ladies: A Look at Powerful Women in Business: Here are just a few examples of incredible females who paved the way for future businesswomen.

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ACT multiple-choice scores released

The multiple-choice portion of the September 12 ACT test date should be released by today.

Thursday, September 24

Free SAT Bootcamp

Today’s the last chance this month to get ready for the SAT with test experts! Get ready for this bootcamp at 7:00–8:30 pm by registering now.

Friday, September 25

Native American Day

Celebrate the culture and accomplishments of Native Americans on this holiday (observed today in California and Nevada).

Saturday, September 26

Additional SAT test day

This SAT testing date was added in response to a canceled test due to the coronavirus pandemic. Subject tests are not available on this test date. 

Sunday, September 27

Yom Kippur

The last day of Rosh Hashanah is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism and is observed with a 25-hour period of fasting and prayer.

SAT late registration

Today is the late registration deadline for the November 7 SAT test date.

Monday, September 28

Free ACT prep class

It’s the last chance to sign up for a free ACT prep class this month. Running from 7:00–8:00 pm, this session allows students to prepare for the ACT with test experts from Kaplan. 

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