Information for Juniors
11th Grade To-Do List:
Continue looking at colleges. This is the year to be narrowing down your long list of colleges to about five.
Things to consider:
- Does it offer the major you're interested in?
- Is it the right size for you?
- Location - how far is it away from home? What is the weather like? How does the campus look?
- Have you visited any colleges or universities? You get 3 excused absences in your junior year. Also, most colleges gear their Open Houses toward juniors in the spring, so take advantage!
- Can you afford it?
Take College Entrance Exams (aka the SAT and the ACT):
- It is a good idea to take the SAT spring semester.
- The ACT will be given at SVHS in March. Don't miss it!
- Take either the SAT or ACT a second time during the Spring semester, or the summer between your junior and senior year. You should make a 2nd attempt at whichever test you scored better on the 1st time.
- Remember, if you receive free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for fee waivers. See your counselor for fee waivers.
- You can register online for the SAT and for the ACT
- Do NOT begin your senior year without 2 college entrance exams under your belt!
Bring up your GPA:
- Colleges look at your classes and the grades you made in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.
- Colleges use your final GPA from your junior year when making admissions decisions, so this is your last chance to improve upon your GPA.
Create a Resumé:
- Your resumé should include extracurricular activities (in and outside of school,) any honors you have received, leadership positions held, and detailed information concerning community service you have participated in.
- You should include grades 9-11 right now. Make sure you add new information (community service, honors, etc.) as it occurs.
- If you do not already have an account, create one. You can use CFNC to apply for college next year, so make sure you are familiar with the website.
- The 'Plan' tab has a lot of great information to help you prepare for your senior year and applying to college -Plan for College
- You can take surveys, look at interest profilers, and assess your skills to help you decide what careers would be a good match for you on the 'Learn About Yourself' page.
Athletes: Make sure you register with the NCAA Clearinghouse! See Mrs. Clark in the Guidance Office to do so.
There's a new planning guide from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NCAC) - "Tips for Parents with High School Teens - Countdown to College." This brochure has information to help you and your child learn what needs to be done to prepare for college.