Planning for College for High School Juniors

Junior Students

All the tasks you did as a sophomore PLUS:

  • Sign up to take the ACT or SAT tests.
  • Consider taking advanced placement or dual-credit courses at the local college (your high school counselor has the information on dual credit for WCSD students). The TMCC application for admission that was created for students who have not yet graduated high school can be found on the admissions and records form's page.
  • Attend college fairs and recruitment events. Ask your high school counselor about TMCC events.
  • Attend TMCC Spring Open House in January
  • Attend the scholarship essay workshop offered by TMCC at your school.
  • Continue to research college websites and explore how your career interests match programs offered.
  • Start narrowing your choices of colleges to which to apply. Consider applying to no more than six colleges.
  • Use the Senior Timeline to start tracking deadlines for submitting applications at each school in which you are interested in applying.
  • Continue to explore websites for scholarships and other financial assistance opportunities.
  • If you're working part-time, plan to set aside some college funds each payday.

Parents of Junior Students

All the tasks you did when your son or daughter was a sophomore PLUS:

  • Start narrowing down the college choices by discussing pros and cons of different institutions. Consider your child's personality and strengths in relation to costs, distance from home, academic and personal support available, housing and transportation, programs available and student employment availability.
  • Study the admission and financial requirements of these institutions. If you don't understand something, contact the institution for clarification.
  • Make sure your child has taken the classes that are required for admission.
  • Schedule college visits and tours of your favorite schools.
  • Check the recruitment and events calendar at the college and participate in as many as possible.