Year-One and -Two Transfer Timelines

Below you will find a reccomended timetable for your college transfer process.

Year 1


  • Attend meetings with college representatives.
  • Speak with a student activities coordinator to discuss how to get involved through the BHSEC community. Students should consider volunteering, finding internships, and committing to those activities about which they feel passionate.


  • Begin standardized test prep.


  • Students are assigned BHSEC college transfer advisors.
  • Weekly CTO meetings begin for all Year 1 students.


  • Take the SAT or ACT (with writing). Students may also take the SAT in May.


  • Those students who did not take the SAT or ACT (with writing) in March should do so now.


  • Students take up to three SAT II Subject Tests, or the SAT or ACT (with writing) if they have not already done so. (BHSEC recommends that students take two subject tests only.)
  • Attend the Year 1 retreat to Simon’s Rock.

Year 2


  • Resolve any outstanding grade changes.
  • Students should set up a meeting with their College Transfer Advisor, particularly those students who are considering applying Early Decision or Early Action.
  • Complete the college advising questionnaire at the Student Services Site (SSS).
  • Arrange visits to and possible overnight stays at prospective schools.


  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty.
  • Draft college essays. Help is available in the Writing Center.
  • Attend college open houses and information sessions.
  • Begin applying for scholarships.
  • Take, or retake, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (with writing).
  • Call colleges to schedule interviews.


  • Submit Early Decision/Early Action applications.
  • Submit applications to schools with Rolling Admissions.
  • File SUNY applications.
  • Take, or retake, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT (with writing).


  • Early Decision/ Early Action decisions are sent to applicants.
  • Finalize essays and submit supplemental applications.
  • Begin submitting regular decision applications.


  • File FAFSA and CSS Profile.


  • First semester grades are mailed to colleges.
  • File CUNY applications.
  • Begin to submit transfer applications.


  • Notification for those students who applied for regular admission.
  • Compare financial aid packages.
  • Visit schools.


  • Notify all colleges of admissions decisions.
  • Send deposit to the school you plan to attend.
  • Notify counselors and teachers of acceptances.