College Counseling
The Process

Junior Year

  • Meet with visiting college representatives during free periods. Typically, representatives from more than 75 colleges come to campus and meet with interested students in the fall.
  • Take the PSAT.
  • Attend the College Fair. More than 200 colleges are represented.
  • Consider taking the practice ACT offered at Episcopal (optional).
  • Attend the College Counseling workshop to review functionality of Naviance and the standardized testing timeline.
  • Attend the College Counseling workshop. Topics include researching colleges, visiting campuses, and planning your standardized testing timeline. There is also a tutorial on Naviance and its web-based college research and test prep resources.
  • Juniors receive individual college counselor assignments. 
  • Students complete the Junior Brag Sheet and schedule their first meeting with their college counselor.
  • Develop a plan for when to take standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or the ACT). 
  • If interested, sign up for the optional on-campus SAT/ACT prep class.
  • Students schedule the first meeting with their college counselor if they have not already done so.
  • Attend the optional on-campus SAT/ACT prep class.
    • Consider visiting colleges over spring break. 


    • Attend College Counseling workshop during Spring Family Weekend (students and parents).
    • Participate in College Essay Writing workshop led by the college counselors and English faculty.
    • Discuss with your college counselor which teachers are best suited to write your letters of recommendation on your behalf. Request recommendations and complete class reflections for the teachers who agree to write on your behalf.
    • Attend the Senior Panel led by members of the senior class. Hear firsthand the inside scoop on the college process from our seniors' perspectives.
    Summer before Senior Year
    • Visit colleges and, when possible, schedule interviews with admission offices.
    • Continue to explore your interests through an internship, volunteering, traveling, taking a course, etc.
    • Carve out time to work on your applications. The Common Application is available August 1 and other college applications are typically available between July 1 and September 1. 
    • Write a polished draft of your Common Application essay.