Junior Year timeline
- Meet with your counselor to review the courses you have taken and see what you still need to meet graduation and post-secondary requirements.
- Check your GPA and class standing. Even if your grades have not been that good so far, it’s never too late to improve. Colleges like to see an upward trend.
- Take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in October. This is strongly encouraged for all college bound juniors and necessary for anyone wishing National Merit recognition.
- Discuss your PSAT score with your counselor.
- Sign-up in the guidance office to attend college representative visits and spring college fair.
- Stay involved with your extracurricular activities. Colleges look for consistency and depth in activities.
- Make a list of college characteristics that are important to you- we recommend selecting at least 3-5 schools including a “reach school” and “safety school.” Things to consider: cost, location, size, distance from home, public/private, living arrangements, academics, athletics, activities, campus life, safety, reputation/accreditation.
- Have a discussion with your parents/guardians about your list of colleges. Examine financial resources and gather information about financial aid.
- If you want to participate in Division I or Division II sports in college, start the certification process. Create an account on the NCAA Eligibility Center to receive a NCAA ID#. Print off the “Transcript Release Form” and return the completed form to Mrs. Carpenter in the guidance office.
- Register carefully for your senior year courses, making sure that you will have the necessary preparation requirements for college and your intended major.
- In the late winter/spring take the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the ACT plus Writing and possibly the SAT Subject Tests.
- If you are considering ROTC or a service academy meet with your counselor to begin the preliminary parts of the application process.
- Consider whom you will ask to write your recommendations. Think about asking teachers who know you well and who will write positive letters about you. Letters from a coach, activity leader, or an adult who knows you well outside of school are also valuable.
- If applicable, prepare writing samples, portfolios, audition tapes, and other material for the fall application season.
- Make a resume of your accomplishments, activities and work experiences.
- Discuss the college essay with your guidance counselor or English teacher.
- See your counselor to apply for on-campus summer programs for high school student. Apply for a summer job or internship.
- Schedule visits to colleges while students are still on campus.
- Visit college campuses-call ahead for tour and open house schedules.
- If a school requires or encourages a personal interview make arrangements meet with an admissions counselor during your visit.