The college search process is full of so many different dates and details that it can become overwhelming to keep track of them all. Therefore, you might want to create a master calendar for your college search, starting now and running through April of your senior year. Plan spring and summer college visits, and don't forget to include possible SAT I and II or ACT test dates and registration deadlines.
A lot happens at the end of junior year that admissions offices consider in the application process, such as standardized tests and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Also, keep in mind that next year, when you're a senior, you may be asking some of your junior-year teachers for letters of recommendation during the college application process.
When planning your senior-year curriculum, we encourage you, when possible, to choose challenging courses that prepare you for college-level work. The most competitive college applicants demonstrate a solid academic foundation that includes the five core subjects (English, social sciences, a foreign language, science and math) every year and a willingness to take on ambitious coursework.
You'll be bombarded by emails and mail from colleges and universities, and the way you sort through all of the communications can set the tone for the rest of your college search. Don't dismiss an institution based on its ranking or its unfamiliarity to you. Many students find "their" college through an unsolicited communication. Before signing up to be on mailing lists, create a new email account or a folder within your email for all communication to and from schools.