Admission Timeline A tool for juniors & seniors considering SMU You're already off to a great start on your college search: Check out www.smumn.edu! JUNIOR YEAR October to December Visit colleges during fall break. Attend local college nights, where many colleges come together to meet informally with students. Meet with college representatives when they visit your high school. Use the college search engine at www.collegeboard.com January to March Register to take standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. Have results sent to SMU using these codes: ACT: 2148 & SAT: 6632 Meet with your college counselor to draft a prospective college list. Investigate schools on your prospective college list. Visit prospective colleges over spring break, if possible. April / May to early June Create a resume for yourself so when you begin to apply to colleges, you will remember your activities and honors. Take AP Exams. Work hard to make your junior-year grades as good as possible! Mid-June to Mid-August Continue to research schools on your prospective college list. Remember Minnesota Private College Week – the last week of June! Visit prospective schools over the summer, if possible. Read college literature and guide books and visit college websites. Call, write or email to get on mailing lists for all of your prospective schools. Begin working on an essay if your prospective colleges require one. Fill out a sample application form to become familiar with the process and collect all the information you will typically need. SENIOR YEAR Mid-August to September Meet with your college counselor to finalize your college application list. Re-register to take the ACT, SAT I and/or SAT II, if needed. Work on college application essays. Decide which teachers you’ll ask to write recommendation letters, if needed. October Watch for Saint Mary's first Group Overnight Visit! If you haven't visited already, do so during Minnesota Education Days (formerly MEA). Give your college counselor his/her portion of an application at least two weeks before its due date. Confirm plans for your teacher recommendation. November Submit your application if you haven't already done so, and don't forget that it's free to apply online at www.smumn.edu/apply! Watch for Saint Mary's second Group Overnight Visit. Sign up for one of our coveted Chicago interview slots. December Start looking at SMU's Merit-Based Scholarships, getting additional letters of recommendation, essays and other material needed together. January Come to our Martin Luther King Jr. Open House and Overnight Join us at our annual Twin Cities Reception Have your parents take part in a lunch-hour Financial Aid Chat online. Saint Mary's scholarship applications are due on the 31st! February If you haven't already, schedule your auditions for our Music and Theatre Scholarships. Watch for our third Group Overnight Visit. Come to the Chicago Reception if you live in the area. March FAFSA Priority Deadline – March 15th! SMU's FAFSA code is 002380. Watch for our fourth and last Group Overnight Visit. Save your spot for one of our coveted Twin Cities interview slots. April Talk or meet with your Admissions Counselor to review your Financial Aid Award. May Saint Mary's Confirmation Deadline is May 1st! Select a day for New Student Orientation & Registration. Line up your summer job. Get ready to graduate! June Attend one of our New Student Orientation & Registration sessions July Make certain all final transcripts – both high school as well as college (CIS, PSEO), including AP scores – have been sent to our Registrar's Office. August Move onto campus and into your new home at Saint Mary's!