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Things To Do During Your Junior Year In High School

Admissions Calendar

August (or earlier

  • Meet with your high school counselor and review your course selections. Inform your counselor that you are planning on attending college so that you can develop a college-preparatory class schedule for the next two years.
  • Obtain a Social Security Number if you don't have one.  You will need it to apply for college and financial aid.
  • Start talking about your college plans to family and friends and explore career options.  You don't need to know what your college major will be, or what specific job you want; the important thing is to keep your options open.


  • Explore the different sources of information on college and careers available to you.  Start your research using your school or local public library, or visiting your college counseling center.  The web also provides unlimited information on colleges and universities.
  • Start thinking about what is important to you in a college – is it small class size, location, diversity of the student body, quality of instruction, or all of these?
  • Check out the Meet Your Admissions Counselor webpage to see if an HPU representative will be in your area.


  • Attend regional college fairs and parent nights in your area.  This is the best way to receive current information from schools that interest you, and speak to admissions officers or alumni; especially if you are unable to travel to the campus.
  • College representatives will schedule visits to your school in the fall.  Find out what schools are visiting and plan to attend these information sessions; don’t be afraid to check out schools you have never heard of.
  • Take the PSAT to qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship.  For more information click here.
  • If you haven’t prepped for the SAT or ACT, now is the time to do so.


  • Continue to consider a wide variety of schools but start narrowing them down based on your preferences.
  • Hit the books!  Your junior year is one of the most important years that colleges will be considering.  Remember, many admissions decisions will be made before your final senior year grades are complete, so make your junior year count!
  • Talk to your parents NOW about financing college.  Remember that federal financial aid will be determined based on income for the year PRIOR to when you enter college.  For example, if you will attend school in the fall of 2015, income information for financial aid will be based on your parents and your 2014 federal taxes.


  • Review your spring class schedule with your high school counselor.  The best way to improve test score results and college performance is to take challenging college preparatory courses.
  • Talk to your counselor about taking the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) and ACT (American College Test).  You may want to take both tests as you may have stronger results on one test over the other. 
  • SAT: Click here to check testing sites and to register.  One of the most popular test dates for juniors is May and June.
  • Send away for scholarship information and applications with early deadlines.  It’s never too early since some scholarship and grant applications need to be received during your junior year of high school.
  • If you are applying for financial aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for college, go to www.hpu.edu/financialaid and click on Apply for Aid. This will give you a better idea of what will be required from you for next year.
  • ACT: Click here to check testing sites and to register.


  • Come visit HPU...in person –  Speak with HPU faculty and staff, take a tour, and get your questions answered.  To schedule a campus tour go to www.hpu.edu/campustour.
  • You probably have a short break in the winter.  Don’t forget to continue to research colleges now so next year you can relax.
  • Request more detailed information about the schools you are interested in.  Check out the HPU In a City Near You webpage to see if a HPU representative will be in your area.
  • Are you selecting courses for your senior year schedule soon?  Consider Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  You can get college credit or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.


  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT exams if you have not already done so. Go online to check testing sites and to register.
  • Attend the Spring National College Fair in your area.  College fairs are an exciting chance to talk to admissions representatives from a variety of colleges.  These events are free and open to the public. 
  • Start looking at financial aid information and scholarships so you will be prepared for next year. Your guidance counselor at school is a great start for scholarship information sources.


  • Continue to narrow down your college selections.  Start a short list of those schools you would like to visit.
  • What are your plans for Spring Break; fun in the sun or visiting prospective schools?  Why not both!  Summer or weekend visits may be less informative.  Spring is a great time to visit schools you are interested in.  To schedule a campus tour go to www.hpu.edu/campustour.
  • Attend the Spring National College Fair in your area.  College fairs are an exciting chance to talk to admissions representatives from a variety of colleges.  These events are free and open to the public.  
  •  SAT: Click here to check testing sites and to register.
  • ACT: Go to http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html to check testing sites and to register.


  • Plan to attend the Spring National College Fair in your area. Check with your guidance counselor for specific dates.
  • Are you taking any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes?  Don’t forget to register for the exams coming up in May.  See your high school counselor or teacher for more information.
  •  Continue visiting colleges on your short list while classes are in session.  It’s important to get a feel for what the school is like, not just a look at the buildings.  Ask about meeting with a professor in your field of interest or meeting with a financial aid counselor, as well as someone in the Admissions office.


  • Take SAT and/or ACT exams.  If you didn’t register yet, check with your counselor or go online to check out test dates in the summer.  Testing in your junior year gives you a chance to retake the exam in your senior year if you want to improve your score.
  •  Watch for scholarship announcements.  See which ones you might qualify for and see your counselor for deadlines and criteria.
  • Ask teachers if they would write recommendations for your college applications.  If they agree, ask if they would like to do so over the summer or in the fall.  It can be helpful for you to provide a resume of your activities and accomplishments to aid the writer in the recommendation process.
  • Attend the Spring National College Fair in your area.  College fairs are an exciting chance to talk to admissions representatives from a variety of colleges.  These events are free and open to the public.


  • Take SAT and/or ACT exams
  • Visit colleges that you couldn’t get to during the spring.
  • Take classes in the summer.  Many colleges and universities offer high school juniors the opportunity to take college classes in the summer before their senior year; HPU does.  Contact the HPU Admissions Office for more information.
  • Make sure you have all the applications for the schools you want, and begin filling them out and send them in.
  • Read a variety of books and magazines and review your math skills over the summer.  This will help you to prepare for the SAT if you plan to take it in the fall.