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Junior Year

Junior year is packed with standardized tests, difficult courses, and the need to begin your college search in earnest. Here is a calendar withjunior logo important information.


  • Register for and take standardized tests as necessary. 
  • Continue to take challenging courses. Review high school graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and collegiate athletic requirements, if applicable, and make sure you are taking the proper courses.
  • Get good grades.
  • Continue documenting your activities, honors, and awards.
  • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities and search out leadership roles. Continue volunteering.

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  • Take the PSAT to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Competition and the National Achievement Scholarship Program. It is also good practice for the SAT.
  • Continue to attend college representative visits both on campus and at regional sites. Look in the CCC for more information.
  • Involve yourself in clubs and activities that interest you and continue to assume leadership positions.


  • Continue your research on colleges as discussed above.
  • Attend college representative visits as discussed above.


  • Talk with your high school alumni who may be home for the holidays and ask them about their college experiences.
  • If you are applying for financial aid, get your PIN  Begin researching both government and private financial aid. For a list of helpful websites go to Financial Aid Overview.
  • Use the results from the PLAN and PSAT to develop a strategy to improve your scores, if necessary.


  • Consider taking the SAT.
  • Use your research for your college search, your standardized test scores, and your GPA to come up with a tentative list of schools.
  • If you do not yet have a social security number, apply for one now. You'll need it during the college application process.


  • Research interesting and valuable summer opportunities. Colleges will be interested in how you spent your summer.
  • Plan a challenging senior class schedule with a minimum of four academic classes.


  • Narrow down your list of schools to about 20. Schedule college visits to colleges close to home and, if possible, to colleges farther away during spring break.
  • Sign up to take AP tests and SAT/ACT tests.


  • Consider taking the ACT.
  • Finalize your summer activity.
  • Write a letter of intent if you are applying to any of the service academies.
  • Search for scholarships.
  • Register for the May/June SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT, if you have not done so. Do some test prep.


  •  Take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
  • Take AP exams in all your AP classes.
  • Begin working on your brag sheet, including academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, awards, leadership positions, etc.
  • Begin looking for scholarships.


  • Take SAT/SAT Subject Tests, as appropriate.
  • Take the ACT, as appropriate.
  • If you are taking college tours during the summer, go to each college's website and see when tours and information sessions are available. Colleges usually have reduced summer hours.


  • Keep researching schools.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Complete a draft of the Common Application.
  • Start working on your college essay(s).
  • Read, read, read.
  • Start to develop your performing or visual arts portfolio, as appropriate. Check each college's requirements on their website.
  • Attend one of the summer programs you researched back in February.
  • Research additional scholarships and begin working on scholarship applications and essays.
  • Spend time prepping for the SAT and ACT before you get busy again in the fall.