College Prep Plan: Junior Year

Your junior year in high school is when you get serious about your future path. Staying on top of your grades, studying for admission tests, and visiting colleges will occupy much of your time. Follow the College Prep Plan below to stay on the right path.

Fall

Schedule a meeting with your college counselor as soon as possible and discuss the following:

  • Gather any updated information and resources available for your college preparation and planning
  • Review and adjust your Four-Year Course Plan
  • Review progress on researching careers, majors, and colleges
  • Review how you are comparing colleges/universities and paring your prospective list down to around 10 schools
  • Test preparation and registration for:
    • PSAT/NMSQT®
    • ACT® (1st round)
    • SAT Reasoning Test™ (1st round)
    • SAT Subject Tests™
    • College prep course exams (i.e., honors, accelerated, AP®, etc.)
  • Start getting letters of recommendation from teachers

Work on the following tasks throughout the semester:

  • Continue involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Search for scholarships you can apply for now and over the next year
  • Continue researching careers, majors, and colleges
  • Visit schools you are most interested in on your prospective college list
  • Continue adding to your 'brag file'
  • Attend as many college fairs, events, and information sessions you can

Spring

Schedule a meeting with your college counselor as soon as possible and discuss the following:

  • Picking senior year courses based off your Four-Year Course Plan
  • How to take advantage of the upcoming summer:
    • Summer school to get ahead or catch up
    • Enrichment programs, workshops, and camps that may interest you
    • Getting more out of your extracurricular activities (i.e., leadership, starting your own activity/event, etc.)
    • Starting the Federal Student Aid process and gathering necessary documents
    • Other summer options, focuses, and tasks

Work on the following tasks throughout the semester:

  • Pare down your prospective college/university list to around 10 schools
  • Visit schools you are most interested in on your prospective college list
  • Ask your college counselor for a letter of recommendation
  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Review the Summer Prior To Senior Year tasks


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