Junior year feels important. Coursework becomes more advanced and college isn’t so far away anymore. Junior year is a great time for thinking about applying to college--before you actually have to do it. Start by looking at college information and talking to your friends and family.
Key question: What do you want?
Things to do during junior year:
Most importantly, stay invested in your academic work. Keep in touch with your teachers, ask for help if you need it, and avoid procrastination. Consider it an investment in yourself!
Take a personality inventory and do an online college search based on your preferences.
Study the websites of colleges that interest you. Examine the requirements, majors offered, campus location and amenities. Use the net price calculators. Compare them.
Meet admission representatives from colleges that visit Woods. Find out more about and make contact with colleges. These people can be your resources!
Speak with your advisor about colleges and planning.
When should I take the SAT?
- Register for the June SAT II Subject Tests if needed. Check the application requirements for colleges you are interested in to see what exams are required.
- Speak with your advisor about appropriate course choices for senior year.
- Refine your brag sheet and look for opportunities (jobs, internships, programs, volunteer opportunities) to strengthen your profile.
- Research scholarships.
During the summer....
- Research colleges in more depth and create a shortlist.
- Visit colleges.
- Begin drafting a great college essay. Use a prompt from a relevant application.
- Think about whom you might ask for a reference letter.
- Research scholarships and financial aid.
- Work, volunteer, participate, stay active.