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College Planning for High School Juniors

June 08, 2007


  • Take the most challenging academic schedule you can. It shows admissions officers that you’re ready for a competitive college environment.
  • Research prospective colleges. Sign up for FastWeb’s College Search to find the right school for you.
  • Attend college fairs and speak to on-campus college representatives.
  • Register, prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Begin studying for the SAT or ACT.
  • Register with to find scholarship money.
  • Take leadership roles in clubs, activities and volunteer organizations.
  • Begin to consider which teachers, advisors or employers you might ask for college recommendations from.
  • Explore financial aid options with your parents/guardians.


  • Apply for scholarships.
  • Visit prospective colleges during spring break.
  • SAT is offered on March 14, 2009. Get all the 2009 test dates.
  • Continue discussing college costs and options with your parents/guardians.
  • Make an appointment with your guidance counselor to discuss your college options.
  • Put together your resume, including academic record, extracurricular activities, honors and volunteer work.


  • Check academic requirements for your prospective schools. Summer is the best time to fill any gaps.
  • SAT is offered on May 2, 2009.
  • Apply for summer jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.


  • Visit prospective colleges. Be sure to talk with current students about the school.
  • Athletes should register with the at the end of the academic year.
  • Request applications and brochures from your top colleges.
  • Get started on college application essays by writing sample drafts.
  • Take some time out to prepare for your standardized tests.

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