Junior year is an incredibly important time to learn about the college process and set yourself up for success senior year. Take advantage of the opportunities to learn everything you can about college in your College Readiness Expeditions course and with your mentor! 

The college application process has undergone changes because of COVID-19. See Summit's guide for updated information about COVID-19 and college admissions.

For another version of this timeline with separate checklists for parents and students, see the Junior Parent and Student College Checklist resource.


  • Begin taking AP-level courses

  • Set goals for junior year grades in PLP meeting

  • Discuss college and career goals in PLP meeting


  • Attend Pathway to College Night 1

  • Continue to work toward grade goals in classes

  • Research summer programs and begin applying for them


  • Re-evaluate grade goals and if you're on track to achieve them

  • Continue to research and apply for summer programs

  • Attend Pathway to College Night 2


  • Sign up and study for AP tests

  • Finalize summer plans

  • California Only: Prepare for and take CAASPP/ Early Assessment Program (proctored during school) 


  • Take AP tests

  • Study for and take SAT II subject tests (depending on college/ major requirements)

  • Choose teachers to request letters of recommendation

  • Finish school year with strongest grades possible


  • Visit colleges

  • Continue to work on application essays

  • Continue to research colleges and refine college list

  • Participate in meaningful summer experiences such as volunteer work, leadership programs, etc.