- Plan to visit or revisit colleges (virtually or in person) as you make your final decision about where to matriculate next year.
- Be sure to send your deposit and housing forms by the deadline of May 1 to secure your spot at a college.
- Let your teachers and counselors who wrote recommendations know of your decision and be sure to thank them for their support.
- Keep your grades up and avoid any disciplinary issues—college admissions offers can be rescinded.
- Schedule the SAT and/or the ACT. Unless you are a strong standardized test taker, plan to study through a course, tutor or a free online website such as Khan Academy.
- By now you should have completed a self-assessment of your grades, interests, and future goals and met with your counselor to develop an initial list of colleges. Continue researching your list and arrange visits (virtual or in person) over the spring and summer—particularly if your fall will be occupied with extracurricular activities.
- Begin to think about which two junior year academic teachers you will ask for recommendations to support your college applications.
- Update or start a resume of activities. Do you have enough to engage you? If not, think about what interests you and how you might get involved.
- Make careful choices for your junior year courses and sketch out your preferred options for senior year to be sure you are tracking toward your goals.
- Sketch out a plan for which standardized tests you will take in the coming year and when.
- Finalize summer activities such as paid or volunteer work, an enrichment course, or learning new skills. You could earn a lifeguard certification, learn to paint or improve computer skills. Keep reading and writing.