College Counseling: Juniors

How to Prepare for College


You will automatically be registered to take the October PSAT/NMSQT. This counts toward National Merit Semifinalist status – you should study for this and do your best!

Academic Work

Continue to work diligently and do well in school. Give your academic work serious attention. Remember that at most colleges, your admissions application will be judged primarily on grades you earned during your first three years of high school (most seniors apply during the first semester of senior year).

SAT and ACT Testing

Plan to take the SAT Test in the spring or summer. Possibly plan to take the ACT in April or June. Plan to take SAT Subject Tests in May or June in areas such as Math, English Literature, Foreign Languages and Biology. In all of these matters, consult with your college counselor for appropriate tests to take and when to take them.

Schedule Meetings

Meet with your assigned counselor on a regular basis. Take initiative. You counselor wants to meet with you.

College Rep Visits at Pres

Admissions officers from colleges and universities, national and international, visit Presentation in the fall semester, before school, at lunch and occasionally after school. Attending these brief meetings is a valuable part of the college process in a number of ways: to learn about the specific college, to meet the representative who will be reading Presentation students’ applications and to ask any specific questions that are not readily available on the college website. The list of colleges that are coming to campus is on Naviance and appear in the daily bulletin and the weekly Panther Report.

Extracurricular Activities

Continue your involvement in the activities you have chosen. Be wary of spreading your time and efforts in too many places; much better to concentrate on a few.

Junior Year Class Schedule

It is important to maintain the same level of rigor in classes in the senior year, as in 9th, 10th and 11th grades. This will be part of the class scheduling process and discussion with your mentor and your college counselor.

College Visits

Visit colleges/universities whenever possible.

Contact Colleges

E-mail colleges and universities asking them to send you admissions material, financial aid and scholarship information.

Attend Workshops

The College Counselors hold workshops in the fall semester on different parts of the college process. The first meeting is mandatory, assigned by mentor group, and occurs during collaboration. An overview of the process as well as specific application, financial aid and scholarship information is presented as well as the tasks and deadlines that are specific to our process at Presentation. There is an Essay Writing Workshop offered after school, as well as several drop in essay workshops. Workshop Wednesday is a morning dedicated to application completion for the Common App, the UC application and the CSU application.

Summer 2019


Mandatory Junior Collaborations (students will be assigned a date)
January 10, 16, 23, 2019
1:15 - 2:00 PM

Junior College Information Night
January 15, 2019
7:00 PM
Valenzuela Theater

Junior College Workshop
March 13, 2019
7:00 PM
Marian Stuckey Center

College Admissions Case Studies for Juniors
April 4, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Bellarmine CP

Financial Aid Night for Juniors
Apri 11, 2019
7:00 PM 
Valenzuela Theater

Junior Parent Coffee Talks
April 9, 16, 17, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
Location TBD