• Junior year is packed with standardized tests, difficult courses, and the need to begin your college search in earnest. Here is a calendar with important information.


    • Register for and take standardized tests as necessary.
    • Continue to take challenging courses. Review high school graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and collegiate athletic requirements, if applicable, and make sure you are taking the proper courses.
    • Get good grades.
    • Continue documenting your activities, honors, and awards.
    • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities and search out leadership roles. Continue volunteering.


    • Register for the October PSAT. When you receive your score report, go to the College Board website and sign into My College QuickStart for additional information about your results.
    • Take a practice PSAT tests at College Board and Peterson's College Prep Tests.       
    • Attend college representative visits.
    • Focus on your college search by looking through any or all of the search engines under College Search.
    • If you are interested in California state colleges and universities, here are some useful websites (See also Admission Requirements for California Public Colleges and Universities). If you are interested in attending a University of California school.
    • If you are interested in attending a California State University or a California Community College.
    • Compare the results you have found and start to make a list of colleges you are interested in learning more about.
    • Make an appointment to meet with your guidance counselor to finalize your schedule for the next two years. Keep in mind that colleges will look at how rigorous your classes are.
    • If you are interested in playing Division I or Division II sports in college, review the NCAA eligibility requirements


    • Take the PSAT to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Competition and the National Achievement Scholarship Program. It is also good practice for the SAT.
    • Continue to attend college representative visits both on campus and at regional sites. Look in the CCC for more information.
    • Involve yourself in clubs and activities that interest you and continue to assume leadership positions.


    • Continue your research on colleges as discussed above.
    • Attend college representative visits as discussed above.


    • Talk with your high school alumni who may be home for the holidays and ask them about their college experiences.
    • If you are applying for financial aid, get your PIN  Begin researching both government and private financial aid. For a list of helpful websites go to Financial Aid Overview.
    • Use the results from the PLAN and PSAT to develop a strategy to improve your scores, if necessary.


    • Consider taking the SAT.
    • Use your research for your college search, your standardized test scores, and your GPA to come up with a tentative list of schools.
    • If you do not yet have a social security number, apply for one now. You'll need it during the college application process.


    • Research interesting and valuable summer opportunities. Colleges will be interested in how you spent your summer.
    • Plan a challenging senior class schedule with a minimum of four academic classes.


    • Narrow down your list of schools to about 20. Schedule college visits to colleges close to home and, if possible, to colleges farther away during spring break.
    • Sign up to take AP tests and SAT/ACT tests.


    • Consider taking the ACT.
    • Finalize your summer activity.
    • Write a letter of intent if you are applying to any of the service academies.
    • Search for scholarships.
    • Register for the May/June SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT, if you have not done so. Do some test prep.


    • Take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
    • Take AP exams in all your AP classes.
    • Begin working on your brag sheet, including academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, awards, leadership positions, etc.
    • Begin looking for scholarships.


    • Take SAT/SAT Subject Tests, as appropriate.
    • Take the ACT, as appropriate.
    • If you are taking college tours during the summer, go to each college's website and see when tours and information sessions are available. Colleges usually have reduced summer hours.


    • Keep researching schools.
    • Visit colleges.
    • Complete a draft of the Common Application.
    • Start working on your college essay(s).
    • Read, read, read.
    • Start to develop your performing or visual arts portfolio, as appropriate. Check each college's requirements on their website.
    • Attend one of the summer programs you researched back in February.
    • Research additional scholarships and begin working on scholarship applications and essays.
    • Spend time prepping for the SAT and ACT before you get busy again in the fall.