Junior Year College Admission Timeline: What to Do Now
Some people say junior year is the toughest year of high school, but we know you can succeed! Use our junior year college admission timeline to help you stay on track in the college selection and admission process.
Fall Semester of Junior Year
Meet with your guidance counselor.
Your high school guidance counselor can provide information about colleges, let you know when certain college admission counselors will be visiting your school and can advise you on what classes to take to get into college. Your counselor also can advise you on what exams or classes to take that may count for both high school and college credit.
Become a leader.
College admission counselors like to see extracurricular activities on your college application. And most admission folks say you don’t need to participate in tons of activities, but just a few groups or clubs you’re passionate about where you can take on a leadership role. Whether you’re in band, choir, drama club, math club, Key Club or any other club, volunteer for leadership positions like president, secretary or treasurer, and help lead an initiative your club is sponsoring.
Start researching colleges and make a list of your top choices.
Do you want to go to a big school or a small school? What colleges have the major you’re interested in? How far away from (or close to) home do you want to go for college? Start looking at your college options by searching for colleges online and by attending college fairs. Be sure to note each college’s academic program offerings and admission requirements, and find out how much they cost to attend.
Spring Semester of Junior Year
Register to take the SAT and/or ACT.
Schedule college campus visits.
Once you have a list of colleges you’re interested in, start scheduling campus visits. Call the college’s admission office or visit its website to schedule an appointment. During a campus visit, you can tour campus, meet professors and students, and really see if the college is the right fit for you.
Start researching college scholarships
We know college tuition, room and board can be expensive, so start looking now for college scholarships you can apply for this year and during your senior year.
Impress your teachers.
Many colleges require letters of recommendation for college admission applications and scholarship applications. Get to know your teachers and impress them by turning in assignments on time, participating in class and more. If you have a positive relationship with your teachers, they’ll be happy to write a letter of recommendation for you when you need it.
Of course, keep studying hard throughout your junior year. By the time your senior year is here, you’ll be super-prepared to start applying to the colleges you want to attend!