Your junior year is going to be action-packed. Beginning with the PSAT in October, you will take serious steps toward finalizing your post secondary plan. The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will give you an opportunity to demonstrate your academic skills and potentially qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship. You’ll take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year…don’t wait until the fall of senior year! SAT registration can be done on-line…www.collegeboard.com

Junior year will be a challenging academic year for you too…rigorous math, science, social science and English. Make sure you are taking the right courses to earn the diploma you want. Remember that Mishawaka High School requires 40 credits to earn a Core diploma and 47 credits for a Core 40 with Academic Honors or Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma.

Work hard, stay focused on your goals and see your counselor to get great advice.

A list of some of the things that all juniors should do when beginning their college search from the Purdue University Advisor:

  • Meet with your guidance counselor to determine possible career goals, majors, and interest areas.
  • Take the PSAT and start SAT/ACT preparations. Schedule a time to take the SAT, ACT, or both in the spring of your junior year.
  • Keep information received from colleges organized and accessible. Narrow your list to between 5 and 15 schools (with the help of your counselor) to consider seriously as a junior.
  • Continue taking rigorous courses to ensure that you’ll meet admission requirements.
  • Strive for leadership roles in the community.
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