Junior Year

  • October - Take the PSAT! It helps you practice for the SAT, provides individualized feedback on what you need to work on, and allows you to have access to 'My College Quickstart', a tool used for college planning!
  • Double check and triple check that you are taking the right classes to get into college. Collegeboard's Matchmaker will show you what your college requires.
  • Planning to be a college athlete? Check to be sure your classes meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
  • November - Sign up for the December SAT. It is offered right here at WASHS! 
  • Investigate scholarships by registering with Fastweb and by reviewing the list of scholarships we typically receive in the Counseling Office. Most scholarships require you to apply during your Senior year, but there are some that are specifically for Juniors.  Also, if you know what scholarships are looking for, you can research, plan, and prepare for them by your Senior year! 
  • Visit local colleges. Get a feel for the difference between large schools (like Penn State main campus), small (Dickinson), public (Shippensburg), private (Wilson). You don’t have to go far to start to get a feel for the type of college you might like best!
  • Use Petersons.com or Collegeboard.com to do a comprehensive search for colleges. Make a list, visit their websites, request a view book, take a virtual tour of campus.
  • January- Attend Financial Aid Night with your parents. It is never too early to start learning about the Financial Aid process. If you start learning now, you will feel prepared and knowledgeable this time next year.
  • February - Attend Educational Planning Night to better understand what courses to take for your senior year!
  • Visit Finaid.org and learn about financial aid. Don't know a Stafford from a PLUS? Is a subsidized loan preferable to an unsubsidized loan? How much will your monthly payment be if you borrow $40,000 for college? You can find the answers and more at finaid.org. You can also visit these helpful links to decide how financial aid factors into your decision by clicking here.


  • Go visit in person the schools that are of the most interest to you. Be prepared with a list of questions. Go on a guided tour of campus. Request to speak with an admissions counselor. Most colleges have "Open Houses" on certain dates. To get a feel for what an Open House is, check out what Shippensburg University has to offer during their Open House days. Check for similar opportunities at the colleges you are considering. Click here for more helpful information on how to navigate college visits. 
  • March- Sign up for the May SAT, which is offered right here at WASHS.
  • Request an unofficial copy of your transcript and make sure all of your sports and activities are on it. If they are not, write them on the copy of the transcript, have your coach or advisor for that activity sign beside it, and turn the transcript in to Ms. Henicle in the Counseling Office.
  • If you are going to play college sports, register with the NCAA Clearinghouse by the end of Junior year!
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