Calendar

Rappahannock Scholars Calendar 2018-2019

We are looking forward to working with you and your student on how to successfully master the college admissions process.

SEPTEMBER

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits—Theme: Back to School
    • Academic Assessment: Evaluate Transcripts/Verify GPA, AP Courses/Dual Enrollment Verification
    • Update Student Contact Info
    • Handout/Review RSP Calendar/Syllabus
    • Handout/Review UMW College Materials – focus on profile and major options
  • SENIORS
    • Handout – College Top Choices Grid
      • Common Application – go to commonapp.org
      • Fee Waiver for the Common Application at UMW done automatically for you if you apply to UMW
      • Request Application (if not the Common Application) and Fee Waiver from schools other than UMW

 OCTOBER

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits—Theme: College Talk
    • Prepare Students for UMW campus visits
      • Handout: What to do/ask on a college visit
      • Handout: College glossary
  • SENIORS
    • Work on College Applications and FAFSA
    • Complete Applications
    • Complete/Edit Essays
    • Recommendations
    • Plan to attend FAFSA night at your school

NOVEMBER

  • RSP Counselor HS Visit—Theme: College Application Process
  • Exploring the entire process for college at one sitting
    • College Applications
    • Standardized Exams
    • College Essay
    • References
    • Transcripts
    • Financial Aid
    • Review process/assessment – take mid-year quiz
  • SENIORS:
    • College Application Week in VA – Work on College Applications and FAFSA
    • Common Application Due November 15 for Early Action at UMW, VERIFY:
      • Official Standardized Test Results and Transcripts sent
      • Teacher Recommendations sent
      • Essay Completed
      • Meeting other college application deadlines

DECEMBER

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits–Theme: Financial Aid for College
    • Financial Aid introduction video (5 Min)
    • FAFSA and Financial Aid Discussion—ALL Students
    • Handout: Scholarship tri-fold
  • SENIORS
    • Check Guidance Office for listing of local Scholarships
    • Scholarship Search—basic Google search for scholarships for college
    • File FAFSA for student aid, Due FEBRUARY 1
    • FAFSA Completion with school GRASP representative
  • JUNIORS
    • Register for Standardized Tests

JANUARY

  • Counselors receive RSP nomination materials and applications in January
  • RSP Counselor HS visits—Theme: Career Exploration
    • Career and College Major Interests and Integration
    • Career Interest Inventory
    • Mid-year assessment
  • SENIORS
    • Follow up on applications/documents needed
  • JUNIORS
    • Register for Standardized Tests
    • Handout: ACT vs. SAT

FEBRUARY

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits—RSP Interviews and student selections
  • SENIORS
    • FAFSA and CSS Deadlines at your schools?
    • Check Guidance Office for listing of local Scholarships
    • Online Search for Scholarships

MARCH

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits—Theme: Decoding financial aid offers
    • RSP mid-year survey
    • Review 1stsemester transcripts
  • SENIORS
    • Submit additional information requested by colleges, usually financial information
    • Continue scholarship searches from both local and national sources

APRIL

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits—Theme: College Searching and the Internet
    • Handout: VA college map
    • Researching college admission pages on the Internet
    • College Application Process assessment
  • FRESHMEN: Meet new RSP freshmen
    • Contact sheet
    • New student survey
    • Review RSP requirements
  • JUNIORS: Transition to seniors
    • Handout: Course catalogs, recommendation worksheet, spring checklist, college tracker
    • Log onto Common Application website and essay prompts
    • Register for standardized tests before end of school
  • SENIORS
    • Choosing Colleges and Reviewing Financial Aid Offers
    • Admitted Students College Visit Days

MAY

  • RSP Counselor HS Visits—Theme: EOY Wrap-up/UMW student visits
    • Student survey
    • Senior survey
    • Visit from college Scholars: open discussion
  • JUNIORS: Register for Standardized tests
  • SENIORS
    • Succeeding as a College Student
      • Complete and Return all REQUIRED Financial Aid Forms
      • Log on to your college email account and check regularly
      • Sign up for Freshmen Orientation
      • Sign up for Housing/Food Plan
      • Develop a budget
      • Learn to manage your time
      • Discover how best you learn

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How do I?

  • UMW Codes:
    • SAT Code Number: 5398
    • ACT Code Number: 4414
    • FAFSA Code Number: 003746
    • Common Application Fee Waiver Code: UMW54

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2018-2019 Rappahannock Scholars Important Dates 

September 22 UMW OPEN HOUSE, *register to attend* (open to all HS students) 

October 1 – FAFSA form is live and ready to file on 2017 tax returns

Wednesday, OCTOBER 10 – High School PSAT

October 27 – UMW OPEN HOUSE, *register to attend*

November 1 – UMW Early DECISION (binding) admissions deadline 

November 10 – UMW OPEN HOUSE, *register to attend*

November 12-16 – College Application Week in Virginia 

November 15 – UMW Early Action admissions deadline. Scholars MUST MEET THIS DEADLINE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MAXIMUM FINANCIAL AID 

November 19 – Possible campus visit with school 

November 27 – Possible campus visit with school

December 3 – Possible campus visit with school

February 1 – UMW Application Priority Deadline

February 1 – FAFSA Due

February 18 – Attend UMW OPEN HOUSE, *register to attend*

April 18-19 – UMW Celebrating Cultural Diversity Weekend (invitation only)

April 19 – UMW Multicultural Fair (families are welcome) 

May 1 – UMW’s Admissions Office Reply Form (to accept offer of admittance)

May 1 – National College Decision Day

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Test Dates

ACT

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
October 27, 2018 September 21, 2018 Oct 5, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 Nov 16, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 4, 2019 Jan 18, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 Mar 22, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 17, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 21, 2019

ACT automatically sends your scores from the ACT test to the colleges you requested when you registered, up to four college choices (if you provide valid codes when you register).

SAT

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration*
October 7, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 26, 2018
November 3, 2018 October 5, 2018 October 24, 2018
December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 20, 2018
March 9, 2019 February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019 April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019

You can send four free score reports to colleges every time you register for the SAT. This is the fastest way to send scores to colleges and scholarship programs—and there’s no fee.