What You Should Be Doing Now as a JuniorFall Semester· Continue to challenge yourself with AP and Honors classes. Colleges like to see students taking college level course work to help them prepare for their transition to college.
· Research majors and look for "best fit" colleges.
o Best fit means a college that fits your needs academically, culturally, and resourcefully.o You want to look for colleges that have your intended major, a backup major if you decide to switch, has free tutoring resources, a writing center, free transportation services if needed, has opportunities to allow you to grow/challenge yourself professionally, and exposes you to people who are different from you.
· Make a list of 4 match schools, 4 safety schools, and 2 reach schools you are interested in. Your senior year you will narrow your list down to at least 4 match schools, 4 safety schools, and 2 reach schools that you will be applying to. (Feel free to list between 5-10 schools you will be applying to for admission your senior year.)
o Match schools are colleges you have the GPA, Rank, and SAT/ACT scores to get into automatically.
o Safety schools are colleges you are guaranteed admission and can be local community colleges.o A reach school can be a dream school or a school you don’t exactly get into based on their requirements but you have a chance at being accepted.· Get involved and keep records of involvement for your resume.· Protect/maintain your GPA. Colleges will admit students based on their GPA junior year. Remember that it is easier to maintain your GPA than to improve it especially after 2-3 years of building your GPA.
Spring Semester· Register to take the SAT and ACT. Save all login information in a safe place for future reference.· Start looking for scholarships if you haven't already. Know deadlines/requirements.· Continue working on your resume in a Microsoft Word document for easy editing.
Summer· Write the first draft for your college essays.· Apply Texas applications open August 1st.· APPLY EARLY!!! -It will relieve some of the stress you will experience your senior year with testing, graduation, prom, events, extracurricular activities, etc.