Underclassmen and Juniors Should Use This Semester To Dive Into College Admissions Preparation
The start of the spring semester marks the halfway point in the school year for many students, and while seniors spent the fall focused on college applications, now is the time for juniors and underclassmen to get a jump-start on the college admissions process.
No matter where you are in terms of college preparation, there’s a lot that you can do now to be prepared when it comes time to apply to college. It’s never too early or too late to start planning for college, and there’s a plethora of resources out there to help guide students through the process.
So what do freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to be doing this month to stay on track for admissions? Here’s a breakdown of what students need to be doing now and links to valuable resources to help them get started.
Start building and refining your balanced college list!
Plan college visits.
Take the SAT or ACT.
Start thinking about recommendation letters.
Make sure to plan a challenging senior year course load.
Plan a productive summer.
Begin planning for standardized testing.
Follow your passion! Use reading and activities to hone your interests.
Maintain an upward grade trend.
Stay informed! Keep track of admissions trends and information, follow schools on social media, and subscribe to relevant admissions blogs (like this one!) and publications.
Get involved! Explore activities that meet your interests. If you can’t find one, then crate your own!
Make good grades. Colleges look at all four years of grades so if you’re struggling after the fall semester, seek help from teachers and tutors.
Explore volunteer opportunities.