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Junior Year – 11th Grade FALL

    • Register and/or take PSAT or SAT, ACT
  • High PSAT scores might qualify you for National Merit Scholarships. To qualify, you must have excellent grades, high SAT scores and a recommendation from your school.
  • Meet with counselor to create testing plan and develop a list of colleges for your academic and personal match.
  • Meet with NBEFC for an athletic evaluation, and discuss colleges.
  • Send letter of interest and resume to college coaches
  • Attend local High School / College Fairs
  • Recognize that this is arguably the most important year of your high school career.
  • Set your academic and athletic goals high this year. Colleges often put a heavy emphasis on junior year grades.
  • Continue with your best performance course work and ensure that it exceeds minimum NCAA requirements.
  • Organize filing system and follow up plan/information to track colleges that respond to your inquiries.
  • Begin research on colleges you have interest in. Include academic standards, majors, athletics, social, size, location, etc. Involve parents, counselors, coaches.
  • Make visits to the schools that interest you
  • Winter Junior Year
  • Plan your spring calendar for all the college entrance testing you will need to complete.
  • Check your school calendar for spring holidays and plan to visit some of the colleges you are considering applying to with your parents.
  • Read carefully through any literature you may receive from colleges.
  • Consider attending a summer pre-college program, ID camp, or look into getting a part-time job.
  • Plan your schedule for next semester to allow for plenty of studying time. If you plan to take any advanced placement courses or tests, remember that April and early May are critical study months.
  • Register for the SAT
  • This is a good time to look for options for student aid. FAFSA
  • Remember, if you won’t qualify for need-based assistance then private scholarships are a good resource to explore. They are best found through your school’s Guidance Counseling Department,,, and the sooner one begins looking, the better the chances of receiving. If your student is particularly hard-working and has excellent grades, it’s possible to come up with enough money to pay for a substantial amount of college costs.
  • Also, now is the time to prepare for the SAT I: Reasoning Test. The College Board website ( has practice tests and other tools to improve scores.
  • Retake tests if scores are not where they need to be
  • Begin individual and family conferences with counselor to create a list of colleges to be researched by student.
  • Update your player resume and send to coaches with an appropriate cover letter.
  • Visit college campuses while on Spring Break.
  • Update your Spring high school season statistics and follow up with interested college coaches.
  • Update and send your player resume.
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