high school junior

The following steps will help you stay on track towards completing your college application:

  • Prior to the start of your junior year:

    • Meet with your guidance counselor
    • Ensure you register for classes that will prepare you for college and your career
    • Consider options such as Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses
    • Talk to, or job shadow, those who work in your field(s) of interest
    • Begin your college search
  • During your junior fall semester:

    • Start studying for the SAT/ACT
    • Work hard in class to achieve and maintain good grades
    • Develop a list of colleges you would like to attend
    • Consider your preferred careers and the degrees that can get you there
    • Attend college fairs, information nights and campus tours
    • Plan your preferred SAT/ACT test dates (book in advance)
  • During your junior winter break:

    • Continue studying for the SAT/ACT
    • Begin narrowing down your college choices
    • Note merit scholarship requirements for colleges of choice
    • Learn about the financial aid process
    • Identify scholarships for which you may qualify
  • During your junior spring semester:

    • Prepare your senior class schedule and ensure needed classes are included
    • Consider options such as Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses
    • Note application open dates and important application deadlines
    • Continue your scholarship search and begin applying where possible
    • Contact your letter of recommendation writers
    • Book campus tours and counselor visits at your top colleges
  • In the summer between junior and senior year:

    • Visit your top college (if you have not yet done so)
    • Work a summer job to gain experience and save money for college
    • Talk to friends or acquaintances who attend your preferred colleges
    • Organize your financial aid information
    • Take or retake the SAT and/or ACT
    • Apply for college!