College Counseling

College Counseling Timeline

University High School’s college counseling program is a truly individualized, four-year program. Over the course of four years, each student at University High School will get between 20-30 hours of college counseling from our two college counselors. It is because of this personal attention and dedicated time spent with each student that University High School is able to achieve a 100% college acceptance rate year after year.

Here’s the breakdown of University High School’s four-year college counseling program. In each year, students will:

Freshman Year

  • Attend group sessions with the college counselors each semester.
  • Review rank-order criteria colleges use to make admission decisions.
  • Take AP Exams in May.
  • Create student resume.

Sophomore Year

  • Attend Evening with Colleges College Fair.
  • Take PSAT (practice) in October.
  • Take ACT-PLAN in November.
  • Attend group sessions with college counselors in the first semester.
  • Schedule individual meeting with Maddy MacAllister to review PSAT and ACT-PLAN results and to complete a personal college search inventory.
  • Participate in University High School’s annual Sophomore College Tour in the second semester. This trip will take students to tour both a small liberal arts and sciences college and a large public research university.
  • Attend the Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair in April.
  • Take AP Exams in May.
  • Take SAT II Subject Tests.
  • Update student resume.

Junior Year

  • Attend Evening with Colleges College Fair.
  • Attend a Junior Seminar for College Counseling to review in detail the mechanics of the college search and application process.
  • Meet college admission officers who visit University High School in the first semester.
  • Have parents attend the College Night with Junior Parents in September.
  • Schedule college visits during fall break, spring break, and other school vacations.
  • Take PSAT in October.
  • Attend individual sessions with the college counselors in January-March to review PSAT scores, confirm that SAT and ACT tests are scheduled, and to develop a college list (ideally 5-7 schools across the reach, good fit, and safety categories).
  • Take all standardized tests in second semester.
  • Attend the Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair in April.
  • Attend junior family meetings in April-June to review the college application process and the college list.
  • Take AP Exams in May.
  • Take SAT II Subject Tests.
  • Update student resume.

Senior Year

  • Attend Evening with Colleges College Fair.
  • Submit student resume on first day of school.
  • Attend College Application Workshop with college counselors in August.
  • Meet college admission officers who visit University High School in the first semester.
  • Get college recommendation letters written in August-October.
  • Participate in College Application Essay Workshop in senior English classes.
  • Make October 31 deadline for requesting and completing all college applications.
  • Await admission decisions from the colleges and universities.
  • Choose a college by National Candidate Reply Date on May 1.
  • Take AP Exams in May.