11th Graders

Hello, Juniors!
This year, you might be taking some of the most challenging classes you have taken in high school, and it is the last year you can make an impact in your grades for college admissions. These two things along with upcoming college admission tests can make you "freak out" a bit!  Don't stress!  Take it one step at a time, and you will prove to yourself you can do anything!

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  • Work hard to maintain/improve grades. Finish strong by choosing challenging coursework for senior year!
  • Continue school involvement and consider leadership roles. 
  • Prepare and take the PSAT in October. This year's PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
  • Students may also earn other recognitions allowing students access to selective universities and scholarship opportunities.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Begin to take a more serious look at colleges.  Go to college fairs, open houses, or tours.  Start creating a list of potential colleges using an online tool like Cappex.com. 
  • Research academic programs, location, size, cost, activities, etc.  
  • Research entrance requirements (required test scores, deadlines, essay requirements, scholarship opportunities, etc.)  
  • Use a college search tool to help you research.
  • Narrow your college list to include schools within your GPA/test score range.


  • Review your PSAT scores and start studying for an upcoming SAT.
  • Prepare and take the SAT School Day test in March offered for free during the school day for all juniors (just like PSAT).
  • Consider taking the ACT, the other widely accepted college entrance exam. 
  • Plan to test as many times as needed to achieve your highest score. Check the minimum scores required for merit scholarships on college websites to determine your goal.
  • Due to COVID, many colleges are not requiring SAT/ACT scores for admission.  However, students need to check with their intended colleges for their specific college admission requirements. 

Keep in mind that colleges may still require scores for scholarships and course placement. You can find the SAT/ACT Test Dates on the TMHS College & Career Websites under the SAT/ACT Test Dates & Resources.

  • See SAT/ACT handout for tips!
  • Begin planning college visits.  Spring Break may be a good time to visit, but visiting during a school day may be ideal.
  • College Days – Juniors are allowed 2 absences to visit colleges with pre-approval. These won’t count against final exemptions.  See your AP office.
  • Consider teachers, coaches, employers who may write you a letter of recommendation for college applications/scholarships.  Not all colleges will require these but many scholarships will.
  • Study and register for college entrance exams – SAT/ACT.
  • Interested in playing sports in college?  Check out the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Talk to your coaches for tips!
  • Start thinking about college cost: Use the FAFSA4caster to estimate financial aid.
  • Use a free scholarship search tool to find scholarships for which you might want to apply.  Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th/12th grade.  There are scholarships available for every grade but the majority are for graduating seniors.
  • Explore careers including earning potential and job outlook – Occupational Outlook Handbook (bls.gov/oco)
  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships - Click on THIS link to learn more about this scholarship opportunity for completing tasks in CollegeBoard.



College Application Process

Most college applications open in July/August - the summer before your senior year. You can get an early start by reviewing the requirements for all the colleges you plan to apply to.