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College Counseling at JMA

Below are helpful checklists each tailored for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to help prepare them on their path to college readiness:

Freshman Student Checklist

  • Refer to the Freshman Year Task List 
  • Meet with your School Counselor and College Career Specialist to begin to discuss your plans for the future
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities
  • Start investigating college options
  • Take some interest surveys
  • Talk to upper classmen about their success in high school
  • College & Career Planning Resources

Sophomore Student Checklist

  • Refer to the Sophomore Year Task List
  • Review your schedule and enroll in challenging classes that interest you
  • Meet with your Counselor and College Career Specialist to discuss college plans
  • Take the PSATs (all sophomores will complete PSAT in October)
  • Get involved with various extracurricular activities
  • Get to work thinking about a resume
  • Talk to any friends or family about college
  • Meet with your School Counselor and College Career Specialist to talk about the SATs
  • Put yourself in a good position by performing well academically
  • College & Career Planning Resources

Junior Year Checklist

  • Refer to the Junior Year Task List
  • Take the PSATs (all juniors will complete PSAT in October)
  • Begin initial college search 
  • Educate yourself on financial aid
  • Prepare to take the SAT during the spring
  • Start your college list (10-20 colleges that you are interested in)
  • Attend onsite and offsite college presentations 
  • Begin to craft your resume
  • During the summer try to visit colleges
  • Put yourself in a good position by performing well academically
  • College & Career Planning Resources

Senior Year Checklist

  • Refer to the Senior Year Task List 
  • Review your college list with your Counselor and College Career Specialist
  • Attend onsite and offsite college presentations
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teachers, counselors, coaches, etc.
  • Start and finalize your college essay
  • Complete college applications
  • Register for the SATs and send your scores (SAT Resource)
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), application opens on January 1st
  • Apply for scholarships 
  • Make your final decision!
  • College & Career Planning Resources 

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