Counseling Timeline

Freshman Year

  • Strengthen vocabulary by reading & study hard!
  • Get involved in co-curriculars or extra-curriculars. 
  • Parents – attend College Counseling Night.
  • Choose sophomore courses with your advisor. 
  • Sign up for June SAT subject tests in some terminal courses if appropriate.

Sophomore Year


  • Strengthen vocabulary by reading & study hard!
  • Parents attend College Counseling night.
  • Check course selection with advisor.
  • Get involved in co-curriculars or extra-curriculars.
  • PSAT (Scores received in December)


  • Sign up for June SAT subject tests if appropriate.
  • Course selection--choose your courses carefully! Questions? Talk to your advisor!


  • Make your summer meaningful.

Junior Year


  • Gather artwork for portfolio (if applicable).
  • PSAT (Scores received in December)
  • Parents attend Junior Parent College Counseling Night. 
  • Register for February and March standardized tests.


  • Student assigned a college counselor and given access to web-based programs.
  • Attend College Workshop for juniors and parents.
  • College Counseling Questionnaires due.
  • Individual & family appointments may be scheduled after completion of questionnaires.
  • Take your First ACT (Retest as needed through spring of junior year and fall of senior year- see testing plan). 


  • College counseling appointments continue.
  • Visit colleges during Spring Break.
  • Take your first SAT (Retest as needed spring & fall).


  • College counseling appointments continue.
  • Attend BISCCA College Fair.


  • College counseling appointments continue.
  • AP exams 
  • Ask teachers to write recommendations.


  • Great month to visit colleges. 
  • Attend Summer Send-Off.

July & August

  • Transcript Verification form mailed home.
  • Visit colleges! Students are expected to do the majority of their college visiting by the time they return to school in the fall.

Senior Year


  • College Counseling appointments continue. 
  • Meet with college representatives visiting BB&N.
  • Meet with college counselor to narrow list.


  • Visit or re-visit colleges during long weekends.
  • Meet with college representatives visiting BB&N.
  • Work on applications. Be aware of deadlines & requirements.
  • Turn in school forms to College Counseling office
  • Wrap-up visits
  • Submit applications for early deadlines.


  • Pay attention to regular decision deadlines and requirements.
  • Senior Work Week: Complete remaining applications.
  • Many early college decisions received this month.


  • Most regular decisions applications are due in January. 


  • All admission decisions received.
  • Meet with your college counselor to discuss options.
  • Notify those colleges that you are no longer considering.

May & June

  • May 1 – deadline to make your single enrollment deposit. 
  • Notify each college to which you applied of your final choice.
  • Speak to your college counselor about wait lists.
  • Graduation

Upper School Calendar