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Your Future after Regents

The chief goal of the College Advising Office is to give each student and his or her family tools adequate to the task of finding the right match – that institution best suited to offer academic and personal challenges appropriate to the student’s abilities following graduation from Regents.  The College Advising Office aims to demystify the potentially intimidating college admissions process, and teach students how to manage it successfully. We believe that the college process at its core is a journey of self-discovery. Throughout, we will encourage students to explore fully who they are and who they want to become as they begin thinking about their college options.  

As students navigate this process, the College Advisors at Regents will take an active role by keeping them informed and on schedule.  Students will have full access to the office and Advisors, and may schedule as many conferences as they desire.  We value contact with parents during this process and encourage parents to provide steady support for their students as they make college choices, fill out applications, meet deadlines, and make the application process truly a reflection of who they are. 

College Timeline

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Year

    College Planning Checklist
    • Get your high school career off to a great start by getting organized, seeing teachers during their tutoring hours as soon as any problems arise, and understanding that grades earned during the freshman year do matter for colleges.
    • Explore interests by joining clubs or activities, try out a new sport, or find ways to serve in the Austin community (keep track of service hours).
    • Attend college visits during study halls to begin exploring the diverse array of college offerings.
    • Attend the Hills of Austin College Fair in October.
    • Take the PSAT in October.
    • Take advantage of family vacations to begin visiting colleges.
    • Use the summer to hone your artistic, athletic, and leadership skills. Make reading for pleasure part of your daily routine.
  • Sophomore Year

    College Planning Checklist
    • Keep your grades up. Use the Writing Center or Math Lab for extra help. See your teachers during tutoring hours as soon as any problems arise.
    • Continue extracurricular activities – remember, quality, not quantity! Have an eye toward leadership opportunities.
    • Access your Naviance account to begin researching colleges, and to access information on college fairs in Austin, summer programs, and outside scholarships. For log in information, ask a College Advisor. 
    • Attend the Hills of Austin College Fair in October.
    • Take the PSAT in October.
    • Attend college visits during study halls. You should be building a list of colleges that interest you.
    • Use school breaks to visit colleges while they are in session (Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break). You will not have Spring Break as a junior due to the Europe trip. 
    • Attend the Austin National College Fair in April.
    • Get to know your College Advisor – he or she will be writing your letter of recommendation.
    • Begin your college resume by keeping track of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and awards.
    • Spend your summer participating in an enriching and productive activity such as volunteering, attending sports or academic camps, holding an internship, or working a part-time job. Colleges want to see that you have been active during your summers. Read for pleasure.
  • Junior Year

    College Planning Checklist
    • Take the most rigorous classes you can handle. Stay focused on your schoolwork.
    • Take a practice ACT and SAT. Begin preparing for the test you plan to take. Juniors should plan to have two college entrance tests completed by the end of junior year.
    • Attend the Hills of Austin College Fair in October.
    • Obtain permission from teachers to attend college visits. Be open to coming and hearing about colleges that you don’t know anything about. This will help you expand your college list.
    • Take the PSAT in October. This is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
    • Continue extracurricular activities and volunteer work. Develop leadership skills.
    • Keep a list of college essay ideas throughout the year. Whenever you experience something new, important, interesting, entertaining, or meaningful, jot down a quick note about it.
    • Complete YouScience assessment and junior surveys over the Christmas break.
    • Attend junior conference with your parents and college counselor.
    • Use the Junior College Visit Days to plan travel to colleges.
    • Attend the Gap Year Fair held at St. Stephen’s.
    • Begin thinking about which teacher you would like to ask for a recommendation, and plan to ask for recommendations in the late spring.
    • Attend the Austin National College Fair again. Introduce yourself to admissions representatives of colleges and universities you may be considering.
    • Take AP exams in May.
    • Register for any SAT II tests that may be required for colleges of interest.
    • Update your college resume.
    • Use your summer to obtain an internship, volunteer, or get a job.
    • Attend the College Boot Camp in the summer and begin working on your college essays, resume, and applications.
  • Senior Year

    College Planning Checklist
    • Stay focused on your schoolwork – don’t catch senioritis! Many colleges will review fall semester senior grades when reading applications. Senior grades often impact admission decisions.
    • Register to take your final SAT or ACT and any necessary SAT Subject Tests. Take September, October, or November tests to ensure that you can send your scores to colleges in a timely manner for fall deadlines.
    • Meet with your College Advisor to finalize your college list, discuss Early Action and Early Decision applications where appropriate, and review deadlines.
    • Continue work on your college essays and applications. Apply by Thanksgiving to get pie at Pie Day.  Remember – “No pie until you apply!”
    • Submit your college resume to colleges after you apply.
    • Complete Transcript Request Form in the College Advising Office.
    • Attend the Hills of Austin College Fair in October.
    • Meet with college admission officers throughout the fall (especially for any college where you will apply).
    • Apply for financial assistance by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 at Many colleges also require the College Board CSS Profile to apply for need-based financial aid, as well as their own school-specific form.
    • Utilize Naviance to research outside scholarship opportunities, and research merit scholarship offerings at each college you apply to on their individual websites.
    • Maintain your academic focus. Every college requires a final high school transcript, and a drop in grades can result in the revocation of an admission offer.
    • Plan spring college visits to assist in making a final decision about which college to attend.
    • Pick your college of choice and submit your enrollment deposit. Sign up for housing and freshman orientation.
    • Wear your college t-shirt on May 1.
    • Take AP exams in May, if applicable, and research the AP credit policy at your college of choice.
    • Present and defend thesis, graduate, celebrate!

meet the college advising office

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Sarah Harris

    Sarah Harris 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Eric Hartsfield

    Eric Hartsfield 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Ronda Reece

    Mrs Ronda Reece 

    College Office Assistant

Contact Info:

CEEB Code: 440295

Advisor's Phone: 512-899-8095 ext. 222

College Office Email:

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