Junior Year Fact: How you prepare for college now will affect your chances of getting into a traditional four year college, on time, after high school graduation.
Dear Juniors, do you know how to prepare junior year to get into college?
There is officially less than 1 year left until your college applications are due and until you file your first FAFSA. Those seniors in the application process should have their applications off, early decisions applications were due around November 1st and regular application deadlines are around January 1st -which brings me to my point, that Juniors, it is time to get ready.
As we begin the new year, start considering your college choices and decide which college admissions tests you will take. Where to begin?
3. Also passing grades on AP exams, which cost ~$86, can be accepted at many colleges for 3 credit hours – talk with your counselor about preparing for an AP exam over the summer, or in your senior year.
Note: Why? At some colleges 1 credit hour can cost over $1000!!!!!! There are free online courses you can take to prepare for an AP exam. Not all colleges accept credits, so search on HowToGetIn.com, it will list a specific school’s policy on credits. It is worth it financially to take an AP exam, but ALSO opting for a harder course may will prove to a reach school that you are committed to excellence and challenging yourself. Read more about benefits of AP Classes…
4. Check to see if there are SAT subject tests, also sometimes referred to as an SAT II tests, available for subjects you are currently studying, or talk with your teacher and counselors about the benefits of taking these tests. Most ivy league colleges request 2 SAT II tests, while other colleges do not require any. If you are studying the a subject such as biology this year, it is fresh in your mind = the best time to take the test, so why not?
5. Start visiting colleges… seriously! Your senior year is going to be busier than you think — You will be writing admissions essays, searching for scholarships, writing scholarship essays, actively competing in scholarship contests, and get applications together, on top of your senior course load and traditions such as Sr. prom, etc.!!!
6. Try writing a resume, there are jobs and volunteer opportunities all around you and getting out, trying new things will help you understand what appeals to you in the workplace, what passions drive you, what your strengths are, and the areas you need to improve on. Getting out through work or a internship or volunteer job will also give you access to more possible mentors that can guide you through the process.
Best of Luck to all the Seniors who are sending off applications, and best of luck to Juniors preparing for college!!!