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Junior Year

High School Scholars


This is an action plan with suggestions to make sure you are on track for college. 





  • Meet with your Guidance Counselor

  • Establish goals for the year, like:

    • Academic

    • Social

    • Extra-curricular

    • Outside school

    • New interests

    • Mastering existing interests

  • Focus on doing well in your courses and seek extra help from peers, teachers, and tutors when needed

  • Consider taking up a leadership role within your sports teams, clubs or volunteer organizations

  • Attend college fairs or college open houses in your area

  • Apply to College Horizons

  • Apply to MAP


  • Apply to INMED (Indians Into Medicine)

    • Even if you are not interested in the field of medicine, INMED offers a great college-like experience away from home with challenging courses.

  • Analyze what you want in a college by answering the following questions:

    • Do I want a small, medium, or large school?

    • Do I prefer an urban, suburban or rural campus?

    • How far from home? How often do I want to go home?

    • What am I looking for in a student body?

    • Is graduate school part of my plan?

    • Do I want a school with a widely recognized name, or a hidden gem?

    • Are there rigorous admission requirements?

    • What academic programs am I interested in? Does the school offer them?

    • How important are the social aspects od the college (Greek, community service, organizations, sports, etc.)

    • What kind of financial aid/assistance is provided?

  • Create a more targeted list of schools that meet the criteria established by your requirements

  • Keep focused on doing well in classes and seek extra help when needed

  • Prepare to take the ACT or SAT by taking practice tests

  • In January/February, register for the ACT or SAT March–May test dates

  • Schedule a time to meet with your Guidance Counselor to select courses and establish goals for Senior year

  • Study and take AP exams you've completed (if applicable)

  • Plan college tours of schools high on your list. Schedule tours of campus and meetings with staff to answer questions about campus life and program offerings

  • Review college application format/content (individual vs. the Common Application)

  • Strategize on college essay themes

  • Create a draft resume

  • Establish application timelime and task list

  • Use the College Planning Guide to help you evaluate potential schools and create a list of schools to investigate in more detail

  • Establish summer plan, like:

    • A Summer enrichment program at a local college

    • A paying job

    • Apply to QuestBridge

    • An internship or apprenticeship

  • Work with family to track college financing plan