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College Planning Calendar: September 2021

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

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!

Month-long observances and celebrations

Thursday, September 2

Regular SAT registration deadline

Today is the Regular registration deadline for the October 2 SAT test date. 

Monday, September 6

Labor Day

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!

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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

Patriot Day

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.  

Hispanic Heroes Throughout History: Los Hombres & Las Mujeres: You and your students can learn about inspirational Hispanic historical figures with our Heroes of History series.

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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! 

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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!

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