College Planning for Juniors


College Planning for Juniors

Fall
  • Take the most challenging academic schedule that you can. It shows admissions offices that you are ready for a competitive college environment.
  • Research prospective colleges. Sign up for FastWeb’s College Search to help find the right school for you.
  • Attend college fairs and speak to on-campus college representatives.
  • Prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is offered at the school and all students in grades 9th, 10th, and 11th will take this preparation exam at no cost.
  • Begin studying for the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Register with FastWeb.com to find scholarship money.
  • Take leadership roles in clubs, activities, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Begin to consider which teachers, advisors, or employers you might ask for college recommendations from.
  • Continue to explore financial aid options with your parents/guardians.

 

February – March
  • Apply for scholarships.
  • Visit prospective colleges during Saturday open house days or set up individual tours with the admissions offices.
  • SAT is offered on several different dates. Visit sat.collegeboard.org to get test dates and registration deadlines.
  • ACT is offered on several different dates. Visit actstudent.org to get test dates and registration deadlines.
  • Continue discussing college costs and options with your parents/guardians.
  • Make an appointment with your school counselor, Mrs. Minns, to discuss your college options.
  • Put together your resume, including academic record, extracurricular activities, honors, and volunteer work.

 

April – May
  • Check academic requirements for your prospective colleges. Summer is the best time to fill any gaps.
  • SAT is offered on several different dates. Visit sat.collegeboard.org to get test dates and registration deadlines.
  • ACT is offered on several different dates. Visit actstudent.org to get test dates and registration deadlines.
  • Apply for summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

 

June – August
  • Visit prospective colleges. Be sure to talk with current students about the school.
  • Athletes should register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse at eligibilitycenter.org at the end of the academic year, if they have not done so already.
  • SAT is offered on several different dates. Visit sat.collegeboard.org to get test dates and registration deadlines.
  • ACT is offered on several different dates. Visit actstudent.org to get test dates and registration deadlines.
  • Request applications and brochures from your top colleges.
  • Get started on college application essays by writing sample drafts.
  • Prepare to take the SAT or ACT again, if needed.

 


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