Junior Year Checklist
JUNIOR YEAR CHECKLIST:
- Coaches can begin to email your child on September 1st of their junior year.
- Review academic plan for their junior year and make sure the classes you are taking meet the requirements of your selected colleges.
- Fine tune your targeted college contact list; continue to communicate with the selected colleges and coaches.
- Explore opportunities for college/high school joint enrollment credit.
- Visit college nights/college fairs.
- Verify SAT registration deadline with counselor.
- Get letters of recommendation/references
- Organize your personal portfolio.
- Visit as an “unofficial visit” as many colleges as possible (including targeted colleges) to get a feel for the type of college you prefer. Visit large schools, small schools, different types of colleges, etc. An unofficial visit is one that you arrange on your own and you cover all of your child’s expenses. You may go on as many unofficial visits as you like. Contact the coach and let him/her know you will be visiting.
- Explore the possibility of enrolling in AP courses during your senior year for college credit.
- If your goal is to play NCAA Division I or Division II soccer, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (not applicable to Division III) the summer prior to your junior year. If you've started your junior year and haven't registered, do so immediately.
- Take SAT and ACT.
- Review admission applications questions and concerns with counselors.
- Make sure and monitor your grades, test scores, class rank, etc. to ensure they are in sync with the admission requirements of your targeted colleges.
- Monitor the interest level of the targeted colleges to make sure there is interest shown by the college coach.
- Review the targeted list of colleges to ensure you can financially afford their program in case an
athletic scholarship is not an option and you have to finance college yourself or through financial aid.
- Remember Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships; however, they often have a bigger source of academic monies available to them.
- Exposure in front of prospective college coaches and recruiters is increasingly important this year. College coaches may email you and therefore, your child needs to keep them updated in a timely manner regarding upcoming tournaments and their game schedule.
- Consider enrolling in ID camps or summer camps of the targeted colleges. Staying on campus during camp provides a first hand look at what living in the dorm will be like.