Junior To-Do List
- Maintain and improve grades during your junior year. Grades can make the difference in whether or not you receive scholarships and grants.
- Register and take the PSAT in October. Your junior year scores can be used for National Merit Scholarship consideration.
- Begin researching colleges. Look at websites, search sites, online campus tours, student reviews.
- Take a career assessment to begin exploring a major or a career you would like. Some include:
- Get involved if you haven't already! Attend club meetings or consider joining a sports team. Look for volunteer opportunities.
- Make sure you are getting to know your counselor, they are a huge wealth of college and career information
- There have been increasing concerns about how students' social media image could be affecting their college and employment prospects. Check out the considerations and tips here and here to be more social media savvy!
- Take a free practice test for the ACT and SAT to see on which test you perform better. Sign up for a prep class if you are taking the early spring exams OR use the free resources online at Khan Academy and ACT Academy.
- Investigate scholarship and financial aid options. Discuss your family's financial resources and review plans for financial aid. Attend Financial Aid Programs
- Continue researching colleges and universities that interest you. Make a list of your Top 10. Decide which colleges that you might like to visit and prepare questions for upcoming tours.
- Review the admissions requirements for the colleges that interest you and make sure you are taking the appropriate courses to meet their entrance requirements
- Look for a summer job, volunteer opportunity, or other enriching experience to boost your resume
- Register to take the SAT (www.collegeboard.org) and/or the ACT (www.actstudent.org)
- Continue to research colleges and universities that interest you. Use a search tool like Big Future (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org). Make a list of your top 10.
- Visit those colleges!
- Get on college mailing lists so you can be notified if admissions reps will be holding any info sessions or attending any college fairs nearby
- Create a professional email address that you will later use for your applications
- Think about which teachers you would want to write a college recommendation letter; give them a heads up that you will be asking them in the fall
- Continue to review catalogs and admissions information from your top-choice schools
- If you are planning on taking the SAT or ACT again in the fall, begin reviewing or take a prep course
- Brainstorm and outline a few essay ideas.
- Create a resume of your high school activities and recognitions
- Create a binder or spreadsheet to keep all of your information and application forms organized
- Begin working on your applications before the stresses of senior year kick into full gear. Save all your application account usernames and passwords in a safe place!