It’s back-to-school time! Here are some general tasks and resources to help students who are planning their college search and admission process or those starting college as a freshman. You’ll also find specific calendar dates to track throughout the month for holidays, test prep, and more. Happy college planning!
General monthly planning
This month’s general planning for students should be mostly about adjusting to the new academic year!
- High school freshmen: Starting high school is a major change for students! Make sure they’re not getting blindsided with silly advice that won’t help them in the long run.
- High school sophomores: Students should keep up their focus and momentum from freshmen year and avoid the sophomore slump as the semester begins.
- High school juniors: Junior year is a big deal! It’s when the college search starts ramping up in earnest. Here’s all our best advice for high school juniors to help them get through the year.
- High school seniors: Unfortunately for seniors, there’s not much of an adjustment period before they need to dive into college admission responsibilities. Prepare them by making sure they’re planning to ask for letters of recommendation soon.
- College freshmen: Share our Freshman Year Survival Tips: The Ultimate Collection of College Advice with new college students to help them start the next chapter of their academic journeys with confidence.
Month-long observances and celebrations
- National Deaf Awareness Month: Learn more from the Speech & Hearing Association!
- Self-Improvement Month: Encourage students to work on themselves with these tips on How to Make Your Semester More Mindful.
- National Suicide Prevention Month: If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
- Hispanic Heritage Month: See below.
Thursday, September 2
Regular SAT registration deadline
Today is the Regular registration deadline for the October 2 SAT test date.
Monday, September 6
Happy Labor Day! Enjoy your long weekend festivities!
Start of Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year that lasts two days and leads up to Yom Kippur. Shanah tovah (have a good year)!
Tuesday, September 7
Free SAT Bootcamp
Students can sign up for Kaplan’s first free test prep session of the month on Tuesday the 7th from 6:00–7:30 pm.
Wednesday, September 8
International Literacy Day
Literacy and learning go hand-in-hand! Learn a little about world literacy from the International Literacy Association.
10 Fiction Picks for College Bookworms: Get reading and celebrating literacy with these great works of fiction!
Friday, September 10
SAT multiple-choice scores released
Today is the expected release date for the multiple-choice scores for the August 28 SAT test date.
Saturday, September 11
This day commemorates the lives of everyone who was lost in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks 20 years ago. May they rest in peace.
ACT test date
Today is an ACT test date for students across the country.
Free ACT prep class
If they’re not taking it today, students can prepare for the ACT this month with Kaplan on Saturday the 11th from 12:00–1:00 pm. Register for the class here.
Wednesday, September 15
Start of Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur, also known as the Sabbath of Sabbaths and Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Yom Tov (have a good holy day)!
First day of Hispanic Heritage Month
A celebration of all things Hispanic culture, this month can be spent learning more about the history of Hispanic people and the important impact they’ve had on our country.
Thursday, September 16
Mexican Independence Day
Today marks the anniversary in which Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1810.
Friday, September 17
Regular ACT registration deadline
Today is the Regular registration deadline for the October 23 ACT test date.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Many people immigrate to the US for education reasons, often seeking US citizenship with it. Today celebrates that process of becoming an American.
Undocumented Students' Challenges Without Citizenship: Learn about challenges faced by undocumented students in the college search to better help them through the process.
Saturday, September 18
World Cleanup Day
Coordinated by the global organization Let’s Do It!, World Cleanup Day is global social action program dedicated to cleaning up our planet. Encourage your students to get out there and make the world a little more beautiful!
Sunday, September 19
Free SAT Bootcamp
Make sure your students don’t miss Kaplan’s last Bootcamp of the month on Sunday the 19th from 2:00–3:30 pm. Sign up here!
Monday, September 20
Late SAT registration deadline
Today is the Late registration deadline for the October 2 SAT test date.
Tuesday, September 21
ACT multiple-choice scores released
Today is the anticipated release date for the multiple-choice scores for the September 11 ACT test date.
Wednesday, September 22
First day of autumn
Welcome to fall weather, football, apple cider, and pumpkin-picking season!
Saturday, September 25
Complete SAT scores sent to colleges
Today is the anticipated date for the complete SAT scores from the August 28 test date to be sent to students’ desired colleges.
Monday, September 27
Free ACT prep class
For students who missed Kaplan’s free ACT prep session on the 11th, they can sign up for the second class this month on Monday the 27th from 7:00–8:00 pm.
Thursday, September 30
CollegeXpress easy scholarship deadline
Today is the last day for students to enter the CollegeXpress Rule the School Scholarship Contest for a chance to win $2,000. Share this easy scholarship opportunity now!
Have your students joined the CollegeXpress community yet? Refer them here! They can also check out our Ultimate College Planning Checklist to help them plan for college throughout all four years of high school.