• Junior Timeline




    This is a month-by-month breakdown of what you should be doing during your junior year to prepare for college.



    • Register for the PSAT/NMSQT October to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship
    • Take a practice PSAT Test online (Khan Academy)
    • Enroll in a community college class offered at your school
    • Get involved in extra-curricular activities either at school or in your community
    • Meet with your academic counselor to review your A-G requirements and grad check
    • Ask for a copy of your transcript and check to make sure grades are correct



    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October
    • Register to take the SAT test in May
    • Register to take the April ACT test
    • Start researching different colleges and universities (admissions requirements, majors, cost, etc.) so you can start building a list of schools. List four CSUs, four UCs, and five private universities where you would like to study. You can make changes to this list as you learn about other universities where you may want to attend.



    • Study for finals! Junior year is very important because it is the last year that universities will take your GPA into account. When you apply to universities in the fall of your senior year the GPA you earned up to the end of your junior year will be the GPA that will be reported to universities which may affect your college admissions.
    • Review your PSAT test results with your counselor and use them to help you study for the real SAT you will taking in May or June. Sign up for free SAT prep through Khan Academy.
    • Research summer programs and internships. See the list of summer programs listed on the Summer Programs page.
    • Continue researching colleges/universities and building your college list



    • Research summer programs and internships. These programs look very good on college applications!!
    • Meet with your academic counselor to make sure you are on track for graduation
    • If you need to make up low grades from Fall semester, start thinking about summer school or adult school.
    • Request a copy of your transcript to keep track of courses taken



    • Start/continue to visit colleges and college websites, virtual tours, attend college fairs or go on college field trips
    • Continue to research summer programs and internships
    • Take an interest/career inventory test offered through Naviance to learn about different career pathways and the education needed for certain jobs/careers.
    • Register for the April or June ACT
    • Register for the May or June SAT



    • Start working on your Brag Sheet for letters of recommendation
    • Start working on the UC’s Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) and Personal Statement for college applications
    • Make plans for summer whether it is summer school, summer program/internship, community service, or summer job
    • Plan to visit colleges (virtual) during Spring Break
    • Research colleges and various college majors to start refining your college list
    • Plan to take AP and college courses your senior year


    • Continue to research colleges, universities, and scholarships
    • Visit college campuses and attend college fairs to help you finalize your college list
    • Prepare to take the ACT and SAT Tests
    • Finalize summer plans, consider jobs, internships, summer school, or summer jobs



    • Take the AP Exams
    • Keep up your grades in all classes
    • Create a college file with universities and scholarships you would like to apply NEXT YEAR
    • Attend local college nights for colleges you may be interested in attending
    • Study for finals! Remember, junior year is very important when it comes to your GPA for college admissions!

    Summer before Senior Year

    • Visit colleges and begin to finalize your college list
    • Begin/finish working on your personal insight questions for UCs and personal essay for Common Application
    • Finalize your list of colleges
    • Update your Brag Sheet so you have it ready to ask for letters of recommendation in the Fall
    • Begin to complete the Common Application.