Junior College Planning Calendar


Fall Semester

  • Continue taking challenging academic courses, i.e. AA and AP courses. Keep up your grades, update your goals and four-year plan
  • Focus on becoming a leader in a few extra-curricular activities. Run for an office, lead a team, start your own club, business, or service project
  • Continue to compete in matches, contests, and competitions
  • Create a resume
  • Use Naviance to expand your list of colleges, including “reach” and “safety” schools. Think about what you seek in college: location/size/specific major/competitiveness
  • Take the PSAT in October. This test determines National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship qualifiers
  • Get to know your teachers and start thinking about whom you might ask to write recommendations
  • If you intend to seek an athletic scholarship, register at the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Send out letters of interest to coaches at the schools that most interest you
  • Preview how much financial aid you may be eligible for by completing the FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Attend college fairs and meet college representatives when they visit school. Ask questions!
  • Visit colleges. Students are permitted three (3) excused absences during junior and senior year for college visits
  • Take the ACT in December and the SAT in January and order the test booklet(s) for review

Spring Semester

  • Sign up online in early January for an individual meeting with parent, student and counselor to be held in January through March
  • Attend academic review sessions after receiving the PSAT results (January)
  • Preview the Common Application and review copies of the supplements from colleges that interest you
  • Attend Been There, Done That, a panel of parents for parents and panel of seniors for students (March)
  • Continue to prepare for follow-up SAT and/or ACT tests
  • Visit colleges. Students are permitted three (3) excused absences during junior and senior year for college visits
  • Write a response to the Common Application essay. Submit to your English teacher for editing
  • Take AP Exams and SAT Subject Tests


  • Find a summer job, do volunteer work or attend a summer program
  • Continue to research and visit colleges
  • Read for pleasure to build your vocabulary
  • Complete your resume in Naviance
  • Sign up for a Common Application Boot Camp (August)
  • Draft your Common Application essay before school starts

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