College Application Process Timeline for Juniors

What should you be doing now to stay ahead of the curve?

Juniors may be starting to wonder more and more about the application process ahead, and what they should be doing now to stay ahead of the curve. The New York Times Choice Blog has posted a new series called Counselor’s Calendar in which two counselors from independent schools, Amy Wintermeyer and Mark Moody, offer advice on how to prepare for the application process and beyond.

Juniors need to start getting focused on the road ahead. This not only includes starting to research and visit colleges, but also thinking about what students will need to create outstanding applications. This involves creating a timeline for standardized testing (subject tests as well as the SAT or ACT), evaluating your relationships with teachers for the needed recommendations, and discussing important issues with your parents and counselors regarding finances and safety schools.

For seniors who are mostly over the application hurdle, it’s more of a waiting game at this point, as well as a concerted effort to not fall into the senior slump. For more tips on what seniors should be doing to enable their transition to college, see this posting.