College Timeline for Juniors  

Focus for your junior year:

  • Researching careers, majors, and schools for after high school
  • Taking college entrance exams (SAT or ACT)
  • Planning your junior year classes 

Look over the schedule for testing for the SAT and the ACT.  Decide when you will take each or both tests at least once during your junior year.  If you are going to use scores from the SAT II test, you should plan on taking those in June.  University of CA will no longer require the SAT II in addition to the SAT I or ACT.  The SAT II recommendation for the UC system consists of two tests of your choice as long as they are in two different subject areas.  Review your current classes and grades.

Visit college campuses during Winter Break – you may not be able to set any appointments, but you can at least get a feel for the campus. Continue to research information about colleges with Chegg.

If you took the PSAT, you will receive your scores soon.  Look over your results to determine how you might improve on future SAT tests. Register to take the SAT and/or ACT, as well as the SAT II if you will need these tests for college admission.  It is recommended that you take the SAT II exams in June. 
Write to colleges on your list and begin reviewing their literature. Choose senior courses that are challenging. Admissions will not look favorably on 'easy' course selection.

Check admission requirements against your own course of studies. Visit colleges and take tours during Spring break. Talk to current students and/or alumni from the colleges on your list to get an idea of campus life at those schools. If that's not possible, online resources like Niche are wonderful and possibly more comprehensive. Take ACT test, if needed.

Take the SAT I and SAT II (optional).
Consider enrolling in an academic course at a local college or working as a volunteer during the summer.  Check out your options for strengthening your resume

Start working on your college essay (personal statement.) Plan your fall college visits to the most competitive colleges and call for interview appointments for private and out-of-state schools as early in the summer as possible. Write for scholarship applications which will be due during your senior year. Work on your resume to give to individuals you will be asking to write a letter of recommendation for you. Go to colleges' sites on your list and request applications. Most schools are moving toward the Universal College Application.