31 College Prep Resources for High School Juniors

Thursday, February 16, 2017

college prep resources for high school juniors.jpgResources to Help High School Juniors Stay On Track With Their College Planning


The college application process is right around the corner for high school juniors, and we have a number of resources to help college bound juniors get and stay on track before they apply to college in the fall.

For juniors, the college admissions process is already revving up, with the release of the 2017-18 Common Application essay prompts. It’s important for high school juniors to take their college preparation seriously, while also working to maintain good grades and participation in extracurricular activities.

Here are 31 college prep resources for high school juniors to help guide collebe bound students into the college admissions process this fall.

Building Your College List

One of the most important things that you will do when preparing for college is build a balanced college list of “likely,” “target,” and “reach” colleges to which to apply. This requires a lot of thought about your goals and needs, research, and consulting with your college counselor.

Visiting Colleges

As part of researching colleges in order to build a balanced college list, high school juniors should also be visiting the colleges they’re interested in. Not only will this allow students to learn more about the college and whether or not it’s a good fit, it can also help with demonstrated interest.




Selecting Teachers for Recommendation Letters

Now’s the time to start thinking about which teachers you want to approach in order to request recommendation letters. It’s important to ask teachers early, as they will likely be receiving a lot of requests for recommendations, and waiting until the last minute will put unnecessary stress on you and your recommender.

Staying Informed

The college admissions process is always changing, whether it’s changes to applications, new applications, testing, or just what exactly colleges are looking for. It’s important to keep up with the latest college admissions news and developments.




Starting College Apps Over the Summer

The Common Application has already released the essay prompts for the 2017-18 app, and many colleges tend to release their own supplemental essay prompts over the summer. This gives rising high school seniors the opportunity to get a head start on their college application essay over the summer break.




Junior year is the last full school year that students have before they begin applying to college, so make sure you’re on track! For additional help with your college prep junior year, download our free college planning checklist!

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