11th Grade College Planning

The following is a college admissions calendar for the junior year. Read it carefully so that you are informed about what to do and what is available to you as you go through this important year in high school.


  • Visit with college admission representatives when they visit LMP. A list of these visits is available outside of the College Counseling office.
  • Begin thinking about preferences in colleges such as location, size, liberal arts or technical emphasis, coed or single-sex, activities available, majors available, cost, etc.
  • Do a general search using criteria you have set for yourself on college information websites.
  • Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT, this is the National Merit Qualifying year.
  • Begin preparing for the ACT, SAT Reasoning Test, and consider taking SAT subject tests.
  • Meet with your college counselor for formal college planning meeting which includes course review and Senior year planning.
  • Make sure that you have a social security number.
  • Take a long, hard look at why you want to continue your education after high school so you will be able to choose the best college or university for your needs.
  • Make a list of colleges that meet your most important criteria (size, location, distance from home, majors, academic rigor, housing, and cost). Weigh each of the factors according to their importance to you.
  • Continue visiting college fairs. You may be able to narrow your choices or add a college to your list.
  • Speak to college representatives who visit your high school.
  • If you want to participate in Division I, II, III, or NAIA sports in college, start the certification process. Check with your college counselor to make sure you are taking a core curriculum that meets NCAA or NAIA requirements.
  • If you are interested in one of the military academies, talk to your counselor about starting the application process now.


  • Between now and the end of the school year, parents should schedule a meeting with the college counselor that should include you. We encourage all parents to take an active role in your college search and application process. This meeting will help identify things you can do before your senior year to prepare for the college application process and answer any questions you and your parents may have.
  • Plan college visits. Colleges offer information sessions and tours year round. The spring sessions and tours book up early. You will find more flexibility and access if you plan in advance -- especially if you plan to visit colleges during spring break.
  • As you plan your senior schedule, be aware of and plan for the curriculum requirements at the schools that most interest you.
  • Begin looking into summer programs: camps, sports, travel, a part-time job, etc. You can search for summer programs in our office or at www.petersons.com/summerop
  • Visit college campuses over spring break.
  • Consider taking the SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests.
  • Continue to gather information and evaluate the colleges you are considering.
  • If you haven't had a meeting with your parents and the college counselor, schedule one before the end of the school year.
  • Attend spring college fairs and evening programs held at area hotels and high schools. Details will be in the Junior/Senior bulletin.
  • Request letters of recommendation from two teachers. You should choose teachers that know you the best, as opposed to those that you like the best.
  • Take AP exams if you are in AP courses.
  • If you have not already done so, request letters of recommendation from two teachers and submit the teacher recommendation request form to the College Counseling Office by mid-May.


  • Take the opportunity to visit college campuses.
  • Talk to people you know who have attended the colleges in which you are interested.
  • Continue to read books, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Compose rough drafts of your college essays and have a teacher read and discuss them with you. Proofread them, and prepare final drafts. Proofread your final essays at least three times.
  • Develop a financial aid application plan, including a list of the aid sources, requirements for each application, and a timetable for meeting the filing deadlines.

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