Junior Year Timeline

High School: Junior Year Timeline

Below is a timeline of activities that all high school junior year students should try to follow.  This is not a complete list, but it is a good starting point for your family and please let me know what activities I need to add to the list.


Junior Year

☐Review your cumulative grade point average. Stretch yourself-if not already taking demanding college-prep courses (i.e. AP, IB, or community college dual credits) please consider the merits of doing so. College becomes much easier to conquer (especially in competitive environments) when you’ve already seen the material once. You might even end up with a higher class rank or college credits.

☐Take the PSAT for the second time. The junior year PSAT is considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition. This is usually a student’s first shot at a merit scholarship.

☐Continue to be involved in a community service project, or other meaningful extracurricular activity. How much time do you spend in this activity? Make sure that you can quantify the interest that you have in this activity.

☐Attend a Local College Fair.

☐Review the Career Search Navigator.

☐Discuss possible career interests with parents.

☐Register the ACT/SAT Achievement Tests.

☐Review the ACT/SAT Test Prep Navigator.

☐Study for the ACT/SAT using Eprep (30 min. a night)

☐Take the ACT/SAT Achievement Tests.

☐Write for catalogs and admissions/financial aid information.

☐Review your Financial Aid Planning to initiate timely strategies.

☐Review the College Selection Navigator.

☐Speak with Counselor to help narrow down colleges.

☐Run SAT/ACT Report to further narrow down college choices

☐Find mostly Blue & Green Colleges to visit

☐Develop a list of colleges and begin your college selection process.

☐Review the College Visitation Navigator.

☐Plan and execute your college visits. Request interviews with admissions officer’s professors, and students at a minimum. Consider staying overnight if offered this opportunity. Tour the campus and surrounding town.

☐Begin your career interest analysis, research and expert interviews.

☐ Review the transcript for errors, omissions and inconsistencies.

☐ You’ve visited some campuses and narrowed down your choices to 6 to 8 schools. Ideally, you paid “official” visits to some of the schools, stayed overnight in the dorms, and audited one or two classes. These experiences, good or bad, will have proven to be most enlightening.

☐ Keep piling on community service hours – you can never have too many.

☐ Keep working out-of-state in the summer if possible, or perhaps intern in your chosen field.

☐ Update the resume.

☐ Continue reading in your spare time. This will increase your vocabulary and SAT I & II English scores.

☐ Continue to learn 5 to 10 new words every week.

☐ As always, continue negotiating for better grades.

☐ Add more Honors and AP classes whenever possible.

☐ Keep perfecting your essay writing skills – they speak volumes to the admissions committees.

☐ By now you should have a few great LOR’s – get some more!

☐ As long as it doesn’t distract from your schoolwork, apply for private scholarships whenever possible. No matter what you may have read, it’s still like finding a needle in a haystack.

☐ Last chance to take a class in the summer to get additional college credit.

☐ Students planning a military career will need to apply for an ROTC scholarship at the beginning of the 12th grade. They should have better than average scores, with an emphasis on the math score. A rigorous physical must be passed, and the interview must be “aced!” If successful, the student will receive a partial or full ride while in college, plus a $100 monthly spending allowance.

☐ Performing Arts students should check with their guidance counselor(s) for college fair schedules.

☐ Fine Arts students should check with their art teacher(s) for college art fair schedules.

☐ Fine Arts students should attempt to establish a relationship with a world-class talent in their field – show them your stuff, and get an LOR!

☐ Stay in touch with those officials you’ve met over the past two years because they can give students a decisive edge in the admission process.

☐ Complete the Pre-Application Checklist.


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