High School Junior Timeline


Start to visit colleges throughout the Fall and Spring. Consider the following criteria:

  • Location
  • Size
  • Cost
  • Facilities
  • Available majors
  • Reputation
  • Competitiveness
  • Community
  • Student body characteristics
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Check college websites for information and sign up for mailing lists.
  • Visit with colleges who come to your high school during the fall.
  • Register for the PSAT (if you have not already done so)


  • Take PSATs.


  • Take SATs


  • Take ACTs
  • Make more college visits.
  • Attend spring junior open houses, college nights and programs sponsored at your high school. Stay overnight on college campuses as opportunity allows.


  • College tours and interviews. Contact athletic coaches if you are interested in playing sports in college.

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