Junior Timeline

                                  Preparing for College: Junior Checklist

FALL

Talk to your parents about your reasons for going to college.  What are you looking  for in a college experience?

Start your year off right by talking with your guidance counselor about the year ahead. Confirm that your courses will put you on the right track for college admission.

Make sure you are meeting NCAA requirements if you want to play Division I or II sports in college.

Be sure to ask about test dates for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT. You’ll need to register up to six weeks ahead of time. 

Starting developing a résumé—a record of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences. This will be an important part of your college application.

If you haven’t participated in many activities outside of class, now is the time to sign up. Consider clubs at schools, team sports, leadership roles, or involvement in your religious or civic community group.

Take the PSAT in October. Taking the test as a junior may qualify a student for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. When you receive the results (usually in December), review them to learn more about your strengths and weaknesses. Discuss the results with your family and school counselor.

Attend the College Fair at MSU

Visit with the college reps that visit BHS

October MEA is a great time to visit colleges.

Prepare for the ACT and/or SAT. Free test preparation is available online. You should plan to take at least one of these tests in the spring and perhaps fall during your senior year. Ask your counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver. 

Keep your grades up!  

January/February: 

Meet with your guidance counselor again to develop your senior schedule. Make sure that you will be enrolled in the most challenging courses for which you are qualified and that you will meet all the requirements for BHS graduation.

Register for a spring offering of the SAT and/or ACT. Ask your counselor if you should take an SAT Subject Test this spring.

Look into summer opportunities on college campuses. These can be a great way to find out what college life is all about and make you a more attractive candidate for admission to colleges.

Begin to make a preliminary list of colleges that you would like to investigate. Use Naviance search tools and list schools under "Colleges I am Interested In" 

March/April:

Begin taking a more serious look at colleges and universities. Make a file for each college in which you are interested and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life. Go to college fairs and open houses and learn as much as you can about colleges online. 

Begin planning college visits. Spring break is a good time to visit. Try to visit colleges near you and include a large, medium size, and small campus

Develop a preliminary list of colleges that interest you. Write or call for more information.

Have "THE TALK" with your parents about college finances.  Develop a plan on how you can pay for college

Research scholarships via FastWeb, Scholarships.com, FinAid!, and others on the web.  Local scholarships are listed in Naviance

Think about lining up a summer job, internship or co-op. 

May: 

Take AP exams, if appropriate.
Take the SAT and or Subject tests, if appropriate.

Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.  Ask your English teacher to assign the Common App essay questions!  This will make your senior year much easier!

Make a list of teachers, counselors, employers, and other adults whom you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.  

Complete the Senior Bio and the Teacher Recommendation Form on Naviance

Summer: 

Continue investigating colleges

Begin thinking about your applications. Generally, colleges will have their applications online by the beginning of August. 

If you are seeking an athletic scholarship, make contact in person or by mail with the college coaches.  Include a resume of your accomplishments.

Register with the NCAA if you hope to play Division I or II sports.  You need to have completed your 6th semester of high school to register.

Continue to refine your list of potential colleges.
Set up a Common App account….get organized!
And READ!!!
and relax
and have some fun!

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