- Meet with your guidance counselor to confirm your courses for your junior and senior years have the right balance of rigor and challenge to get into a competitive college.
- Step up your involvement in one or two organizations. It’s not the number of organizations you belong to, but that you have leadership experience that matters the most.
- Begin updating your resume and activities chart.
*Community service activities and hours
- Begin the career exploration process with some assessment tests.
- Take PSAT.
- Keep your focus on your grades. You’ll want your grades for this entire junior year to be as strong as possible.
- Look ahead to the spring and begin mapping out the dates for your other standardized tests: AP Placement Exams, ACT, SAT I, SAT II.
- Refine your choices of colleges by comparing and contrasting schools and attending college fairs.
- Get educated about admissions requirements for the college of your interest or NCAA requirements.
- Stay focused on grades. Colleges only accept C- or better.
- Schedule meeting with your guidance counselor to discuss possible college choices.
- Begin to focus on the key 10 colleges that are a good fit.
- Develop (if you haven’t already) a file for each of the schools on your list.
- Start learning about scholarships and grants.
- Register for the June SAT tests.
- Consider visiting some of the colleges on your list.
- Begin identifying teachers who may be willing to write recommendations letters for you.
- Begin reviewing for SAT/ACT.
- Take AP Placement Exams if you have taken AP courses.
- Push yourself hard to end the year with solid grades.