What does my timeline look like?

The earlier you start preparing for college admissions, the smoother the process will be. Below is a timeline based on your current stage.

May 2023


Reach out to Apex so we can start with your student profile assessment in order to create a tailored application strategy and university list for you.

June 2023


For US applicants, start working on your Common App Essay. If you are applying to the University of California (UC), start working on your UC Essays first.

For UK applicants, start working on your Personal Statement.

If you need to take the SAT/ACT exam, this is a good time to sit your first attempt.

July 2023


For US applicants, start working on your Supplemental Essays for your Early Action/Decision applications.

If you're applying to Medicine in the UK, book your UCAT exam. (The following universities do not use the UCAT and use the BMAT instead: Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Brighton & Sussex Medical School. See September for deadlines).

August 2023


Continue working on your essays for the US and the UK.

If you need to take the SAT/ACT exam, this is a good time to sit your second attempt.

If you're applying to Law in the UK, book your LNAT exam (if you are applying to Oxbridge, the latest date to take your test is October 16).

September 2023


Ask your school counselor for your recommendation letter.

For UK applicants for Oxbridge and/or Medicine, finalize your Personal Statement.

For applicants to Medicine in the UK, book your BMAT exam if you're applying to the following universities: Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, Brighton & Sussex Medical School.

October 2023


For US applicants, finalize your Supplemental Essays for Early Action / Early Decision applications. Then, start working on your Supplemental Essays for Regular Decision applications.

15 October: Deadline for some Early Action / Early Decision applications in the US.

16 October: Deadline for all Oxbridge applications and Medicine applications in the UK (including Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine).

November 2023


For US and UK applicants, start finalizing all your essays.

For Oxbridge applicants, most admissions tests fall in the first week of November.

1 November: Deadline for most Early Action / Early Decision applications in the US.

7 November: Deadline for Early Consideration at the University of Toronto.

December 2023


For US applicants for Regular Decision, submit your final college applications and essays.

US applicants who submitted Early Decision applications in November will hear back before the winter break regarding their college decision. Some Early Action colleges will also respond by December, while others may respond in January.

For UK applicants, we recommend submitting your application before the winter break; however, you have time to submit in January if you are not ready yet.

January 2024


1 January: Deadline for most Regular Decision applications in the US.

15 January: Deadline for the University of British Columbia and McGill University in Canada.

15 January: Deadline for Numerus Fixus programmes in the Netherlands.

31 January: Deadline for all UK universities (except for any Oxbridge or any Medicine applications, which are due by October 16).

February 2024


Deadlines for most Canadian universities fall during the month of February.

March 2024


Most US and UK universities will start issuing their decisions as of mid-March until May.

April 2024


There are some colleges in Canada and across Europe that remain open for admissions until April.

The final deadline for Dutch universities (except for Numerus Fixus programmes) is May 1.

Summer 2023


Map out your extra-curricular activities for the year. This is the final year before your college applications so you should look to strengthen your profile through internships, volunteering, participating in school activities, leadership positions in clubs and societies, athletic achievements, musical practice, and so on.

This is especially important for applications to US colleges as you have to fill out 10 slots in your list of activities for your application (they don't need to be related to your major). However, having one or two activities that are related to your major will help you in writing your personal statement for UK universities.

Winter Break 2023


Your next summer will be busy with university applications and any final activities, such as internships and summer courses. If you feel you need to significantly strengthen your extra-curricular profile, it is worth doing a short internship over the winter break to give yourself more room to do a different activity the following summer.

For students that are considering applying to Art & Design programs (such as Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and even Architecture in some cases), this is a good time to start developing your portfolio as you will need to have it ready for your college applications. Portfolio development has specific requirements and we recommend working with someone who can help you meet those requirements. You can reach out to us for portfolio development sessions with an expert visual artist.

January to May 2024


For students looking to undertake a summer course in summer 2024, keep in mind that some competitive courses have deadlines as early as end of January. A summer course can be a great way to explore a major that you're interested in, or experience student life at a college that you are aiming for. This also helps you become more familiar with the college and what it has to provide, which comes across in your essays when you are applying there.

May to June 2024


For students looking to apply to the Early Action/Decision deadlines in the US, to Medicine in the UK, or to Oxford or Cambridge, keep in mind that the deadlines fall between October 15th and November 1st. This means that you have to apply with the actual or predicted grades that you have at the end of Grade 11 (for those who graduate after Grade 12), or at the end of Year 12 (for those who graduate after Year 13).

Summer 2024


This is the summer during which you need to start working on your college applications (see the first tab for the timeline of your final year). This is also the final summer during which you can undertake activities that can be added to your college applications, so use it to fill any final gaps in your profile.

Most importantly, you are about to start your final year of school and the pressure of college admissions can easily get to you–so make sure to enjoy yourself!

Summer 2023


Think about the major you want to pursue. We're compiled a list of resources to help you figure out which major you might want to study in college. It's completely natural to be undecided–this a good time to start exploring different fields, so you can narrow down your interests and ensure that you are making the right choices for your studies: for some majors (such as Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, etc.), you will need to choose your subjects carefully for the final two years of school. Having an idea of the fields that you're interested in can also help you target relevant internships and extra-curricular activities.

Map out your extra-curricular activities for the year. With two years ahead of you until college applications, you have plenty of time to build a strong student profile to stand out for college admissions. Don't just look for breadth of experience: it's great to have activities that include internships, school clubs, volunteering, athletics, and so on; however, it's more important to pursue activities that you are passionate about. This will resonate more in your college essays and overall application.

January to May 2024


For students looking to undertake a summer course in summer 2024, keep in mind that some competitive courses have deadlines as early as end of January. A summer course can be a great way to explore a major that you're interested in, or experience student life at a college that you are aiming for. This also helps you become more familiar with the college and what it has to provide, which comes across in your essays when you are applying there.

Spring 2024


Most schools will ask students to choose their subjects for their final two years, whether you're doing the IB, American Diploma, A-levels, French Bac, or otherwise. Make sure that you're selecting the subjects that will make you eligible for the major that you want in college. Keep in mind that this doesn't apply to all majors as some fields don't have any prerequisite subjects!

Summer 2024


This summer is a great time to undertake activities that will help you narrow down or confirm your choice of major. This can include internships, summer courses, volunteering, or anything else that might be relevant.

If you already know what want to study, then you can still take advantage of the summer to build a strong profile for your specific major and for the universities that you are targeting!

Ready to start your college admissions journey?