An independent day school for grades 6-12

Senior Year Timeline


Fall
  • Ask two teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the Senior College Night (Sept)
  • Beginning Oct 1st: Complete and file financial aid forms and apply for scholarships
  • Attend weekly College Quest class
  • Register and re-take SAT Reasoning (Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec), ACT (Sept, Oct, Dec) or SAT Subject Tests (Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec) as needed
  • Develop art supplement/portfolio to showcase talent (if applicable)
  • Attend local info sessions and college meetings held at CSUS with visiting admission reps
  • Meet with college counselor to narrow and finalize college list of 8-10 schools
  • Note application deadlines and requirements, including counseling office deadlines
  • Schedule interviews (if available)
  • Make plan to visit colleges during school breaks in 1st semester (if needed)
  • Write college essays and complete applications, leaving time to proofread!
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the Workshop for College Financial Aid (Nov)
  • Complete all college applications by December 15th

Winter

  • Complete and submit financial aid forms and apply for scholarships
  • Attend Parents Association meeting/alumni panel on the College Experience (Jan)
  • Write thank you notes to teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Turn in Mid-Year Report form to College Counseling Office for schools on your list which require 1st semester grades

Spring
  • Update Naviance with your college results
  • Meet with college counselor to discuss college results and options
  • Visit colleges to which you have been accepted
  • By May 1st: Send in your deposit to one college to secure your place in the incoming class, and notify other colleges to which you were admitted about your intention to enroll elsewhere
  • Submit Housing forms/deposits promptly to receive priority consideration
  • Turn in final transcript request form to College Counseling Office for college with whom you deposited
  • Take AP exams (May)
  • Hooray!  Finish your high school career strongly and enjoy graduation with friends and family

College Events

Resources

Books
•Colleges that Change Lives
   by Loren Pope and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald
Fiske Guide to Colleges
   by Edward B. Fiske
The Thinking Students Guide to Colleges
   by Andrew Roberts
Letting Go: A Parents Guide to Understanding the College Years
   by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
The Gatekeepers
   by Jacques Steinberg
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
   by Frank Bruni
•The College Admissions Mystique
   by Bill Mayher

Crystal Springs Uplands School


General: (650) 342-4175 | info@csus.org
Admission Inquiries: admission@csus.org
Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 342-4175 x1000
Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 342-4175