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Junior Timeline

NDA Junior Year

  • Attend Junior Conference with Ms. Bain (held during 2nd semester); read entire NDA College Counseling Handbook & all materials provided during conference
  • Register in advance for college entrance exams; either the ACT (act.org) and/or SAT (collegeboard.org). Practice and prepare! Send scores to colleges either before or after sitting for exams
  • Research Colleges - consider attending college fairs such as the Wisconsin Education Fair (fall) and Xavier High School College Fair (spring). These fairs are your chance to network with reps from over 100 colleges all in once place
  • Develop a college list; keep re-evaluating & refining it as you research
  • Research and practice writing good college essays - they are an important part of your application
  • Keep your grades up! Since college applications are completed in early fall of senior year, 2nd semester junior grades are the last and most important grades colleges will see
  • Extracurricular activities: continue your involvement and develop leadership skills
  • Visit colleges; if visiting during summer when few students are on campus, consider re-visiting colleges you are seriously considering when classes are in session
  • Make summer count; choose meaningful activities to develop your skills
  • Letters of recommendation: consider who you’ll ask to write one for you
  • NCAA Clearinghouse; register if planning to play Division I or Division II sports
  • High School resume: work on creating a professional document to send to colleges
  • Scholarships: although students will complete the majority of scholarship applications during fall/winter of their senior year, the earlier you research scholarships the better