Resources to Help High School Juniors Stay On Track With Their College Planning
The college application process is right around the corner for high school juniors, and we have a number of resources to help college bound juniors get and stay on track before they apply to college in the fall.
For juniors, the college admissions process is already revving up, with the release of the 2017-18 Common Application essay prompts. It’s important for high school juniors to take their college preparation seriously, while also working to maintain good grades and participation in extracurricular activities.
Here are 31 college prep resources for high school juniors to help guide collebe bound students into the college admissions process this fall.
Building Your College List
One of the most important things that you will do when preparing for college is build a balanced college list of “likely,” “target,” and “reach” colleges to which to apply. This requires a lot of thought about your goals and needs, research, and consulting with your college counselor.
- Juniors: How to Build Your Balanced College List
- How to Research a College Effectively
- How to Create a Balanced College List
- Your Balanced College List: How Many Colleges You Should Apply To?
- The Truth About Building a Balanced College List
- How to Use Social Media in Your College Search
As part of researching colleges in order to build a balanced college list, high school juniors should also be visiting the colleges they’re interested in. Not only will this allow students to learn more about the college and whether or not it’s a good fit, it can also help with demonstrated interest.
- How to Prepare for Your College Visits
- College Visit Dos and Don'ts For Students and Parents
- Tips for College Visits This Spring
- Juniors: What To Do After You Visit a College
- College Visits: Why Spending Spring Break in School Is a Good Idea
- Tips for College Visit Information Sessions
- 10 Tips for Families Planning College Visits
- College Visits: Where to Splurge and Where to Save
- College Visit Packing List: What to Bring and What to Leave at Home
Selecting Teachers for Recommendation Letters
Now’s the time to start thinking about which teachers you want to approach in order to request recommendation letters. It’s important to ask teachers early, as they will likely be receiving a lot of requests for recommendations, and waiting until the last minute will put unnecessary stress on you and your recommender.
- The Truth About Recommendation Letters
- Selecting Teachers to Write Letters of Recommendation
- College Recommendation Letter Tips from Freshman to Senior Year
- Students: Tips for Cultivating Teacher Relationships
The college admissions process is always changing, whether it’s changes to applications, new applications, testing, or just what exactly colleges are looking for. It’s important to keep up with the latest college admissions news and developments.
- Social Media Trends in College Admissions: What to Know for 2017
- College Admission Trends Over the Last 10 Years
- The New Trend in College Admissions – Digital Portfolios
- What Families Need to Know About Rising Application Numbers and How It Affects Your College Prep
- How College Applications are Evaluated
- Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT
- College Admissions News – IvyWise Blog
Starting College Apps Over the Summer
The Common Application has already released the essay prompts for the 2017-18 app, and many colleges tend to release their own supplemental essay prompts over the summer. This gives rising high school seniors the opportunity to get a head start on their college application essay over the summer break.
- The Truth About Getting Ahead: Starting College Applications in the Summer
- When Should Juniors Start On Their College Applications?
- Juniors: How to Make the Most of Your Summer
- Tips to Help Students Get Started on College Essays this Summer
- How to Manage College Admissions Stress This Fall
Junior year is the last full school year that students have before they begin applying to college, so make sure you’re on track! For additional help with your college prep junior year, download our free college planning checklist!