Junior Year College Planning

CALENDAR

The first official college planning event is the Junior College Night.  Many families choose to visit colleges in advance of this event, however.  We especially encourage families to fold a college tour into a family trip to a place that might be hard to visit later on.  One difficulty with early college visits is that families may choose to visit only famous, highly selective schools.  If you are planning to visit colleges with younger students, please stop by the College Advising Office for suggestions and refer to the “Tips for College Visits” information sheet. 

Junior Year

January

Junior College Night

Parents and students should attend together.  At this evening event, students will receive and review their transcripts, and we will discuss the main points of making a college list and beginning the process. 

February

Juniors and parents receive Naviance account registration codes.

Naviance is a college counseling computer platform that serves several purposes.  At its most basic, it is a three-way electronic bulletin board between the college advisors, parents, and students, allowing everyone to track the development of college lists and, later, the status of applications. 

Early in the new year, students and parents should make appointments to meet with the college advisors to begin drafting a college list.

Some students may consider taking the ACT in February or an early SAT in March.          

March            

This is a good time to create a College Board account and register for the May SATs.  When creating an account, you do not need to fill out all of the information asked by the College Board.  Choose an email address that you will use throughout your college search.

There is a separate section of this booklet on standardized tests.  Before the May SAT, Mrs. Melillo and Mr. Lott will give short preparation lectures on the verbal and math sections.  We also recommend that you use the Khan Academy free resources to prepare for these tests and do practice tests in the SAT practice book.

If possible, you should plan to visit some colleges over March vacation. 

April              

Register for June SAT Subject Tests or SAT or ACT.

Watch for spring college fairs in Boston and Providence.

May

Students write college essays in English class.

Students should take the May SAT.  

June               

- Some students will take the SAT Subject Tests in early June.

- Ask teachers if they would consider writing references for you.

Summer

- Register for October SAT or SAT Subject Tests.  Continue to practice for these tests, if needed (some students might consider taking the September ACT).

- Visit colleges. 

- If you know you will be applying to certain colleges, it is not too soon to schedule interviews.

- Go to the websites of colleges that interest you and complete online inquiry forms, if available, so that you are on their mailing lists.

- Parents should use the Net Price Calculators on various college websites and compare the results.

- If possible, get a summer job as colleges like to see this type of responsibility. 

- You could also explore other meaningful summer experiences.