To-Do List for Juniors

College Planner: Amanda Dworsky

Junior College Planning Presentation


  • The The grade point average provided to college when you apply is cumulative through the end of the junior year.
  • Attend the Junior College Planning Night.
  • Three college visitation days are permitted.
  • Consider registering for the SAT depending upon your academic skill set.
  • Review your academic plans for Upper School and continue to update the activities list.
  • Utilize Naviance, CFNC, College Board, ACT, and college websites to continue to refine your college plans and search.
  • Take the PSAT in October. While this is still a practice test for the SAT, Juniors who score exceptionally well on the PSAT may be considered for participation in National Merit Scholarship.
  • Attend college fairs offered in the Charlotte area and introduce yourself to the representatives who visit PLP. Get their card and send a follow up. Pick up admission materials and sign the information card provided by reps so that you will be added to the school's mailing list.
  • Begin to establish formal criteria (Cost, Location, Size, Programs) for the type of college you would like to attend. Talk to family, friends, and teachers about their college choices and experiences.
  • Evaluate your first marking period grades and determine what you are doing well and what you need to improve to meet your academic goals for the year.
  • Continue preparation for the ACT through the PrepMe.com website via Naviance.
  • Schedule a meeting with your College Planning AP.


  • PSAT students reports are distributed. Read the information carefully to interpret your performance.
  • Study thoroughly for midterm exams and attend any extra help sessions that your teachers offer.
  • Continue to meet deadlines as assigned by your College Planning AP.
  • Look ahead to spring break / summer as possible opportunities to visit colleges.
  • Determine with your College Planning AP whether you should take SAT Subject Tests in May or June.
  • Attend College Panel Sessions for advice regarding application, essays, interviews, etc.
  • Continue your college search.


  • Continue researching college of interest.
  • Register for all remaining junior year standardized tests.
  • Utilize your spring break for college visits.
  • When you visit college campuses, be sure to ask questions, talk to college students, and keep a notebook. Send a "Thank You" note to the college admissions representative.
  • Give serious time to preparing for all of your final exams.
  • Consider registering for the College Essay Writing Camp offered through the Kaleidoscope Camp.


  • Spend your summer productively.
  • Continue to narrow your college list. You should aim for a final list of 6-8 schools.
  • Visit colleges you did not see during the school year.
  • Common App opens on August 1st begin to complete if college accepts it.
  • Continue working on essays. Look for opportunities to use an essay for more than one application. Do rough drafts of essays topics and all applications. Proofread essays carefully.
  • Begin to consider which teacher (s) could best prepare college recommendations for you. Make formal requests at the beginning of your senior year.
  • Begin searching for scholarships. Note all application deadlines and requirements.
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