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College Advising

Cristo Rey Richmond

Junior Year - The Most Critical Year of All - Performing Phase

  • Review your academic plan with your College or Guidance Counselor.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October to hopefully qualify for National Merit Scholarships.
  • Check admissions requirements of colleges that interest you.
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Register and take the SAT, ACT, and AP Tests.
  • Narrow down your list of colleges (6 Match, 3 Overmatch, 3 Undermatch, and 3 University Partners).
  • Apply for at least 3 Pre-College Summer Programs or Internships in your field of interest. Attend at least 1 Pre-College Summer Program or Internship.
  • Continue your search for local and national scholarships.
  • Use Naviance to ask 2 teachers, coaches, ministers, Corporate Work Study managers, and community leaders to write recommendation letters to support your application.
  • Write, edit, proofread, and rewrite your personal statement/college essay over the summer.
  • College App & Admissions Timeline – A timeline and set of resources that track the college search and application process from 9th through 12th grade.
  • Corsava – Check out this awesome resource that helps you figure out what you want (and don’t want) from your college experience.
  • PSAT – Sign up to take the digital exam this fall, even if you took the test as a sophomore. Strong test scores as a junior may qualify you for academic honors, including National Merit as well as programs and recruitment for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, rural, first-generation and low income students.
  • Compass Guide to Admissions Testing – Start mapping out a standardized testing plan with the goal of taking the SAT or ACT at least once before the end of the school year.
  • Connect with college admissions reps – Sign up for a few sessions with college representatives when they visit your high school this fall. Also check their website for information on virtual information sessions and local events.
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