FOR JUNIORS

COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE
COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE
FOR JUNIORS

There are lots of things to consider when planning for college. That's why we have provided some college planning fundamentals to get you started in your educational journey. Knowing that planning for college takes time and effort, we have put together a detailed guide  to keep you on track starting in your junior year of high school. 

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HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS

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Don't leave all the planning to your senior year.  Get a jumpstart now so your senior year is more fun and less stressful.  College is a major decision.  Take your time, start now to get it right for you!  View this brief video for the highlights on how to get a great start.

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS
GET A HEAD START

Don't leave all the planning to your senior year.  Get a jumpstart now so your senior year is more fun and less stressful.  College is a major decision.  Take your time, start now to get it right for you!  View this brief video for the highlights on how to get a great start.

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FALL | JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

You are off to a great start building up your academic skills, joining extracurricular actives and maybe trying out a new sport. Now it's time to get serious about planning and preparing for college.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Attend College Fairs

Visit with admissions representatives from several local and out-of-state colleges and universities to get a feel of which schools could be the right fit for you.

Join Us AT RISLA'S College Planning Center's Annual College Fair - August 31, 2022 6pm to 8pm

Visit with college admissions, ask questions and gather information, while enjoying the sights and sounds of our animal friends at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

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OCTOBER

OCTOBER - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Check in with guidance counselors to confirm  your class courses are on track for college admissions.

Register and take the PSAT/PLAN.  

Prepare to take ACT/SAT test in the spring.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Many start to compile a college list, thinking about academics, affordability, location, and size.

WINTER | JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

DECEMBER

DECEMBER - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Get excited! Your PSAT scores should be arriving soon.

Attend college planning events offered at your school.

JANUARY

JANUARY - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Work with a Guidance Counselor to set your senior schedule. Enroll in one to two classes that are a bit more challenging.

Narrow down the list of factors important to you in your college search.

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Students should start asking teachers for recommendation letters. Choose teachers that you know you work well with.

SPRING | JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

MARCH

MARCH - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Attend College Fairs

Start researching colleges online.

Spring break is a great time to begin planning college visits. Include a variety of colleges, large and small to see which type is the best fit.

APRIL

APRIL - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Register for June/August SATS if needed.

Develop a list of colleges that interest you. Go online and request additional information about the college.

Make a list of deadlines and identify what you will need to meet each one.

MAY

MAY - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Take the advanced placement exams and SAT/ACT if you have not done so.

Consider lining up a summer job and volunteering to add to your senior resume.

SUMMER | JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

JUNE

JUNE - JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

Consider enrolling in an academic course at a local college, pursuing a summer school program, or volunteering.

If you start a summer job, save money for college.

Ask at least two teachers for letters of recommendation and provide them with your resume for reference.

Register for the commonapp.org

JULY & AUGUST

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Polish up your resume.

Start putting together a portfolio of writing samples, artwork, music, or audition videos. 

Consider volunteering or job shadowing to explore careers.

Contact coaches at college if you are interested in participating in athletics or think you may be able to receive an athletic scholarship.

Join Us AT RISLA'S College Planning Center's Annual College Fair - August 31, 2022 6pm to 8pm

Visit with college admissions, ask questions and gather information, while enjoying the sights and sounds of our animal friends at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

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Tips from our College Planning Experts.


THE COLLEGE PLANNING CENTER

Junior Timeline Tips from our College Planning Experts.

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