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Junior Year: Planning & Timeline

Prepping for College

Junior year marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to stay on track for college.

  • Junior Newsletter is sent out annually in January of your Junior year. Last year's news letter is available online now.
  • Announcements and resources may also be distributed in government and English classes
  • College scholarship office and counseling office is always here to serve you with your future needs.
  • Check out these opportunities for College Summer Program

Junior Newsletter

Junior Year

Timeline for Juniors

Check your student email account regularly!


1. Buy a notebook to use for college information during the next two years so you will have everything in one place.

2. Make a date with your parents to begin talking seriously about college plans. (Consider: tuition costs, location, size of college, liberal arts or technical emphasis, coed or single-sex, social life, public or private.)

3. Attend Merced College’s “College Fair”. Date TBA.

4. Research colleges and scholarships on the internet. Jot down preferences in your notebook.

5. Register for the PSAT (Be sure to keep track of your username and password as you will later use this

account for SAT)


1. Take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test).

2. Make appointment with your school guidance counselor to discuss your progress towards meeting college requirements and grade point average.


1. PSAT scores arrive. (Use your PSAT score to estimate your SAT score).

2. You now know your PSAT scores, class rank, and GPA. You also have an idea of what general qualities you want in a college. The next step is to consult college websites to match your qualifications and interests with the college admissions requirements.

3. List ten or fifteen possible choices based on your preferences. Match up your PSAT score, grade point average, and class rank with the college requirements and admission profiles.

4. Beware of scholarship scams. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to pay money, it is probably a scam.


1. Narrow the list of college preferences to ten.

2. Research each college regarding admissions requirements, freshman profile, and application



1. Start thinking about an interesting summer job, college course, or travel


2. As the college materials arrive, study them and list pros and cons for each.

3. Students interested in U.S. Military Service Academies should begin to

inquire about the admission process.

4. SAT offered.


1. Question and talk more with parents and counselors, local college representatives, alumni, current college students, and anyone with personal knowledge of the colleges on your list.

2. Take the ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery. See page 20 for more information)

3. ACT test offered.

4. Discuss college admissions strategies and questions with your counselor.

  1. Keep talking and asking questions. Most college students will be home for spring vacation, so this is a good time to find answers to some of your questions about colleges.

2. Receive ASVAB results.

3. SAT only offered.

4. Check the MUHSD website. Click on “Students” then “College Scholarship Information” for scholarship opportunities and other college information.


1. Tour colleges during your spring break.

2. ACT test offered.

3. Begin application process for U.S. Military Service Academies.


1. SAT and Subject test offered.

2. AP Exams are administered during the month of May.

  1. SAT and Subject test offered.
  2. ACT test offered.
  3. Do a great deal of reading to strengthen vocabulary and comprehension as a preparation for the SAT or the ACT.
  4. Review and strengthen math skills.
  5. Athletes: complete NCAA clearing house forms and send high school transcripts at the end of your Junior year.
  1. Enjoy your summer: read, work, travel, volunteer, take a class
  2. Narrow the list of colleges down to the five to ten you want to visit and call for a tour or interview appointment.
  3. Speak with college students home for the summer about their college experience.
  4. Work on your personal statement for your UC applications an