Back to Basics: Preparing for College Before Senior Year By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

It’s almost time say goodbye to summer and kick off another school year. And while you may not be applying to colleges this year, there are many elements of the college process that you should be aware of, and should even start doing. Here are a few basic things to think about as you refresh your mind this fall.



College Search

It’s important to think about your academic interests and other qualities you’d like to see in a college in sophomore or junior year. That way, you can start looking into colleges that you might be interested in visiting, or even applying to as a senior.

Test Prep

Many students take the SAT or ACT exams for the first time in junior year. Why not save yourself from unnecessary stress by preparing a year early? This will allow you to take it slow, and not have to cram a month before the exam.

Extracurricular Activities

A major thing that college admissions officers look for in a student’s application is their involvement outside of the classroom, such as playing on a sports team or being a member of a school club. Many students make the mistake of waiting to get involved until it’s too late—the more years you can list on your application, the stronger it will be!


These are just a few examples of things you can do as a sophomore or junior to prepare for the college application process. To find out more ways you can plan ahead, tune into Ivywise’s live webcast, “College Prep 101: Your College Plan for Sophomore and Junior Year” on August 23rd at 3 pm ET.

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