Junior Timeline

Fourth Quarter

Take the ACT/SAT

You want to take the ACT and/or SAT in May and/or June.  Be sure to study and be prepared on test day.  

Research Scholarships

Senior year is going to fly by, so don’t miss out on scholarships because you didn’t plan.  Use your summer to research the scholarships in the Scholarship Bulletin published by MPS and your school. While the deadline vary a bit from year to year, the scholarship criteria, and general timelines remain the same.  Get a jump start by beginning the application early and ensuring you have all the parts needed ahead of time. 

Create a planning timeline for senior year

Most college applications will be due in the early/late Fall of senior year, and scholarship deadlines can spread throughout the whole year.  While keeping your grades strong, you will still need to have the time to complete all of these tasks on time and thoroughly.  The best advice is to create a calendar or timeline for your senior year, noting and planning for important deadlines. This will save you time and tears later on. 

Paying 4 College

How much money can I get from the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Go to the FAFSA 4caster to see what your aid is projected to be. Also, check out the undergraduate scholarships specific to the universities that you plan to apply for. If you are planning to apply in the Western region of the United States, check out the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) to see if your school participates.  This can give you discounted out of state tuition rates. 

The Common App | SENDedu | Parchment

Learn about these important resources for the college application process.  Many out of state and selective colleges require the use of the Common Application or SENDedu. You can also have your transcript sent electronically through the use of Parchment. Don’t wait until deadlines are upon you to research and understand these.

Don't waste the summer

This is the perfect time for you to visit the campus of the colleges you want to attend.  It is important to get a feel for the campus, it’s programs, and whether or not this will be a fit for you. If you don’t schedule a formal tour, many campus’ have a self-guided tour you can complete.  Don’t have time or money to travel?  Go to https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch to complete a virtual tour. 

Know Your College Vocabulary

What is the difference between early decision vs. early action?  Check out this article that explains the different college admissions timelines.

Update Your Resume

Once again it is time to update your resume with all of the activities and awards you earned junior year.  You may need this for summer programs, internships, and volunteer or paid positions.  Additionally, an updated resume will be important senior year for scholarship applications.  

Letters of Recommendation

Begin now with thinking about and asking for letters of recommendation. You will need a minimum of three letters for scholarships.  It is important to think of who can attest to your varied abilities.  Consider asking a teacher who can speak to your writing or verbal abilities and one who can attest to your math or technical skills.  Consider who might be able to best discuss your character traits.  Provide references that represent you as a well-rounded student. 

Download and complete this form to bring/email to whomever will be writing your letter of recommendation along with a copy of your resume (if you have one).  Be sure to give your recommender at least two-weeks notice so they they have an appropriate amount of time to complete an adequate

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Big Future College Search

DACA Student?

DACA Resource Guide - from ScholarshipsAZ.org

Financial Aid and Undocumented Students - from studentaid.ed.gov


Spring College Fair

RMACAC College Fair

Attend the RMACAC Spring College Fair  - this annual event allows you to meet over 80+ college reps, and learn about your out of state and in state options.  

Phoenix, Arizona College Fair
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
12:00pm- 2:00pm
ASU Tempe Campus Memorial Union Building


College Fair Tips - Use these tips from NACAC to make the most out of the experience. 

Go to College Fairs

Provide your information one time through a simple, online registration page instead of dozens of times on prospect cards at each college table.

Why should I pre-register?