Junior Timeline

Juniors – Narrow your search & make campus visits


Narrow your college choices to 3-5 by researching & visiting campuses 

  • DECIDE if you prefer a small or large campus; decide if location is a factor?
  • Discuss college financing with your parents and begin researching scholarships
  • Make PERSONAL visits to campuses


What To Ask On A College Visit

  • What are the college’s core values? And how are those demonstrated?
  • What percent of first year students return as sophomores?
  • What percent of first year classes are taught by graduate assistants?
  • What programs do you have in place to help ensure freshmen succeed?
  • What percent of entering students actually graduate?
  • What percent of graduates who apply to Graduate school are admitted?


TEST!  Take College Entrance Exams

  • Take the SAT and ACT in the spring of your Junior year so that you will have scores for college applications in the coming summer and fall
  • Consider taking SAT II Subject tests.  They are required by more competitive college programs.  Check with your colleges of interest.  It is recommended that you take the SAT II exams as soon as you have completed the subject in your junior year but no later than November of the senior year.


Prepare College Essay

  • Complete a college entrance essay in Junior English class


Recommendations (for both admissions and or scholarships senior year)

  • Consider two teachers to ask recommendations from
  • Choose teachers who you believe can give you a stellar recommendation
  • Colleges want to hear about how you attitude and performance in an instructional setting


Continue to build your college resume

  • Apply to Camp RYLA the summer of your Jr. year (a leadership training camp); see your guidance counselor for details
  • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities, community service, leadership and employment
  • Update your list of your activities and awards for your college resume


College Sports:  Register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net  and request a transcript sent at the end of junior year.

Kathy Howard

TCS Guidance Counselor


(903) 893-7076 ext. 205

   fax (903) 891-8486

TCS School CEEB Code:  446-499