College Planning Calendar - Grade 11

  • Junior Year

    August

    • Review your coursework and activity plans
    • Keep in mind that colleges look for the following:
      • challenging coursework
      • GPA
      • how your free time is spent i.e. employment, volunteer work, activities in school and in the community
    • Division I and Division II perspective althletes need to adhere to course requirements for NCAA eligibility - review your schedule with your counselor.

    September

    • Start to identify colleges you would like to attend, if you have not started this already.  You can use the guidance office resource room, Naviance computer programs or meet with your counselor to assist in identifying potential schools.
    • Obtain dates and locations of college fairs in our area.
    • Attend, with your parents, college and financial aid night at the high school.
    • Sign up to visit with college representatives when they visit the high school.
    • Keep the lines of communication open with your parents about college and in which ones you are interested.
    • Sign up in school to take the PSAT offered in October (by taking this as  Jr. you become eligible for consideration for National Merit Scholarships).
    • Register to take the SAT/ACT sample test to determine which test accommodates your testing needs.
    • Take advantage of scholarships that are offered throughout the year.
    • Start visiting college websites: find out admission requirements for both admission to the college AND admission into the specific program you wish to study.

    October

    • Take the PSAT.
    • Continue to gather information about colleges.
    • Are your courses going well?
    • Continue with your college search.

    November

    • Keep your grades up!
    • Continue to search for colleges and look at potential majors on college websites.

    December

    • Receive and review your PSAT scores to identify which areas you may need to improve upon.
    • Start planning to take the SAT I Reasoning test and SAT II Subject tests or ACT.  Find out from the colleges your are interested in, what tests they require for admission.
    • Evaluate SAT/ACT Prep options, as needed.
    • Continue to gather information about colleges.

    January

    • Continue your college search.  Gather as much information as you can i.e. majors offered, price, financial aid available, private/public, etc.  Keep in mind that the college should match your personality, GPA and test scores.
    • Start to visit colleges that interest you. 
    • Athletes planning to play Division I or Division II sports need to register with the Eligibility Center.
    • Register (online) to take the May SAT I Reasoning test or up to 3 SAT II Subject tests.
    • Schedule courses for next year that will continue to challenge you and that will meet college and NCAA requirements.
    • Consider registering for and taking SAT II Subject tests.  Some highly selective colleges will require a specific number of tests or a specific test for different college programs.

    February

    • Continue to study for the SAT/ACT.
    • Continue to keep your grades up!
    • Register for the May SAT if you have not already registered.
    • Register to take the Advanced Placement tests for AP courses you are currently taking.
    • Consider registering for and taking SAT II Subject tests.  Some highly selective colleges will require a specific number of tests or a specific test for different college programs.
    • Continue with the college search and setting up visitations and/or attending open house days.

    March

    • Begin looking for summer employment opportunities in your career area of interest.
    • Start to consider colleges you will visit during the summer.
    • Register for the May SAT if you have not already registered.
    • Consider registering for and taking SAT II Subject tests.  Some highly selective colleges will require a specific number of tests or a specific test for different college programs.
    • Continue to visit college websites for information and begin to evaluate their admission criteria and programs. Talk to admission representatives at colleges. Schedule visitations.

    April

    • Register for SAT tests if not registered already.
    • Keep your grades up!
    • Talk to teachers about writing letters of recommendation for you. 
    • Consider registering for and taking SAT II Subject tests.  Some highly selective colleges will require a specific number of tests or a specific test for different college programs.
    • Continue searching for colleges.
    • Learn about the different types of admission i.e. early action, early decision, etc.

    May

    • Take the SAT.
    • Take AP tests.
    • Student athletes, if you plan to participate in college sports and you have not registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center you must register prior to summer.  Once registered, print out and sign the Transcript Release Form and turn in to the guidance office. Initial eligibility will be determined based on your final Jr. transcript.
    • Consider registering for and taking SAT II Subject tests.  Some highly selective colleges will require a specific number of tests or a specific test for different college programs.
    • Look into summer employment if you have not done so already.
    • Schedule visits to colleges of interest.
    • Attend College Fair at the High School.

    June

    • Read over the summer and review your math skills.  This will help in preparing you for the SAT in fall of your senior year.
    • Obtain a summer job if you have not done so already.  Try to find one that may be related to your career interests. Consider becoming a volunteer.
    • Schedule college visits.  During your visit make sure you meet with an admission representative and a financial aid officer to find out what type of aid is available.
    • Add any new information to your file i.e. test scores, report cards, etc. 
    • Enrich yourself by volunteering or getting an internship in an area of interest.

    July/August

    • Continue to visit colleges to get a feel for what works for you i.e. large, small, private, and public.
    • Begin to narrow your college selection to the colleges you are truly interested in applying.
    • Practice writing online applications by filling out rough drafts of each application (do not submit practice form).  Focus on the essay portion and decide how you want to present yourself.
    • Have others review your essays for grammar, punctuation, readability and content.
    • Decide if you are going to apply to a college's early action or early decision programs (please remember that applying in one of these ways will have conditions attached.  These conditions must be followed.)

     

    College Visitations - some things to consider

    • Call ahead to schedule appointments with the financial aid and admissions counselors.  If you would like to meet with an academic advisor of a program you are interested in attending, call ahead to schedule an appointment.  Find out if you can sit in on a class and/or spend a night in a dorm.  Make it a point to speak with students about the college.  These things will help you gather additional information about the college.