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College Planning Calendar

Sending your loved one off to college requires some advance planning.

The planning process for your high school student begins early in their junior year of high school and continues through their senior year and the summer prior to their first fall semester of classes.

Junior year of high school


Help your student list the ways to reach their greatest potential by developing good study habits, such as setting aside specific time for sketching in a sketch book, practicing observational drawing, setting aside time for studying for each class.

Discover more about KCAD by encouraging your teen to attend one of the Connect to KCAD events which run September through June.


We encourage you to talk to parents of students who attend KCAD. Discover why they and their student chose Kendall College of Art and Design.

You can help your student by preparing for the ACT or SAT exam. Be sure your future college student lists KCAD's ACT number (1983) or KCAD's SAT number (1376) when taking the exam, so we receive the scores.


If you haven't already done so, encourage your future college student to visit our campus while classes are in session. Set up a tour of KCAD's campus by clicking here .


Discuss goals, grades, and activities for the coming year. Many colleges carefully examine senior-year grades and courses.

Senior year of high school


Encourage your student to apply to KCAD early. Make sure that your teen has completed the application. Your student can apply online by visiting the admissions page. You can set up an on-campus visit with your student. After a tour, parents and students are invited to explore the campus on their own, as well as explore the downtown Grand Rapids community.

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) starting October 1.


Talk with your teen about how you are going to finance their college education, discuss different financial aid packages and explore potential scholarship opportunities at KCAD. Many scholarships have deadlines. Look into requirements early.


Award of Excellence Scholarship deadline


There is still time to apply to Kendall College of Art and Design.


Art AND Scholarship deadline

Make sure that your student continues to apply for independent scholarships in your community.


Make sure that your student's final high school transcript has been or will be sent to Kendall College of Art and Design.


Enjoy the graduation ceremonies and celebrations. Remember, KCAD's orientation session(s) run during the summer months.


Help your college bound student start packing.


Classes start - welcome to KCAD!