Calendar for College Bound Juniors

September

  • Plan family college discussion
  • Prepare courses with guidance counselor
  • Prepare list of questions for college reps
  • Attend PCHS College Information meeting
  • Sign up for PSAT
  • Set goals for GPA (grade point average) and class rank
  • Schedule time to meet with college reps visiting PCHS

October/November

  • Attend ICC college night
  • Take PSAT
  • Learn what components make up cost to attend college
  • Plan how to pay for college
  • Review descriptions of different types of schools
  • Begin to understand basics about Federal and private loans
  • 9 Week Exams – grades very important

December

  • Talk with college friends home on break
  • Attend PCHS Financial Aid Night
  • Final exams – grades are very important

January

  • Identify characteristics you want in a college
  • Attend PCHS Financial Aid Night
  • Attend college fairs

February

  • Register and study for the SAT and / or ACT (the ACT is given as part of the Prairie State Exam in April and is needed for graduation)
  • ICC Dual Credit English test (1:30 pm in the library) – see your counselor for information

March

  • 9 Week Exams
  • Plan summer campus visits
  • Narrow your college list to a reasonable number
  • Contact college admissions and financial aid officers for each college on your list to discuss payment options
  • Estimate how much various colleges will cost
  • Begin reviewing and preparing for the ACT exam

April/May

  • Take the ACT / Prairie State Exam
  • Get a summer job to save extra money for college
  • Complete Senior Information Sheet (available from counselor)

Summer

  • Improve your reading and vocabulary skills
  • Continue searching for scholarships and ways to pay for college
  • Combine vacation plans with campus visits
  • Start working on your college application essays
  • Talk to people in interesting careers
  • Decide who you’ll ask to write letters of recommendation
  • Talk with college friends home for summer
  • See “Calendar for College-Bound Senior