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College Planning

  • Introduce yourself to your dean & get to know him/her well
  • Plan a four-year high school program of college prep courses, and don't forget the arts and humanities
  • Attend Enrollment Night in January at Mounds View High School
  • Apply yourself in school - freshman and sophomore grades weigh heavily in your class rank
  • Follow up on Career Units in Social Studies and Health by investigating activities such as Explorers, volunteer opportunities, hobbies, interest groups
  • Keep journal/records of your activities - it will help you later on to have them in writing
  • Consider on-campus summer college institutes, language camps, travel, throughout high school
  • Take the PSAT for practice and then make a plan to improve any deficiencies you discover
  • Take the PLAN (pre-ACT) test
  • Take the SAT II if you have finished your last course in an appropriate subject - see your dean for more details
  • Extend special skills and talents with out-of-school lessons, experiences (e.g. zoo school, orchestras, etc.)
  • Improve your ability to balance your time between academics and extra-curricular activities
  • Strengthen your outside reading commitment - do more than what is assigned for class
  • Investigate scholarship possibilities in Career Center every year

  • Attend as many college conferences as time allows (reps in Career Center, College Fair, evening meetings, campus visits)
  • Browse through college catalogs (available in Career Center and the Internet)
  • Take PSAT in October
  • Prepare for spring ACT and/or SAT (master content in current classes, refer to books in Career Center, prep courses also available in community)
  • Talk to college students about college
  • Continue in-depth pursuit of meaningful extra-curricular activities and extension of interests
  • Accept leadership responsibilities within interest groups
  • Attend Military Academy Information Night at MVHS - learn the application process
  • Encourage your parents to attend Junior Parent Night
  • Take spring ACT and/or SAT I
  • If considering highly selective college, take SAT II
  • List 10-12 colleges for research and possible visits.
  • Tour college campuses, prepare good questions ahead of time and make notes after each visit
  • Develop list of criteria important to your selection (e.g. curriculum, size, location, faculty, research opportunities, environment, internships, cost, safety, etc.)
  • Continue to read BEYOND classroom assignments
  • PARENTS: help, assist, supervise, coach your son or daughter.


  • Continue to apply yourself - avoid the "senior slide". It has negative consequences
  • If needed, retake the fall ACT and/or SAT I or II
  • Continue to make college visits and see representatives through Career Center, evening visits, Campus tours etc.
  • Attend the National College Fair, if needed
  • Be sure you understand implications of Early Decision/Early Action
  • Develop a final list of colleges to which you will apply, being sure to include a "sure thing"
  • Request applications from admissions offices, Career Center and online, plus note all deadlines
  • Submit applications according to Student Services deadlines
  • Select recommendation writers if needed, and make contact early
  • Arrange college interviews, if needed
  • Refine essays, if required
  • Make copies of applications and mail according to deadlines
  • Research financial aid options through Career Center
  • Have parents attend Financial Aid Night in January
  • Apply for FAFSA online at
  • Submit 7th semester transcripts to colleges, if needed
  • Continue to develop your leadership and time management skills
  • Decide which college to attend, notify all admissions offices of your decision
  • Submit deposits, as required, to confirm admission in college where you have been accepted
  • Apply for the Local Scholarships for seniors

For an even more complete month-by-month checklist, please see the Planning Calendars for each grade located on the Grade Level Info pages. 
Grade Level Info pages are located under Student Services in the left navigation menu.
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