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Junior Year of High School: Our Best Survival Advice

Getting ready to start 11th grade? Simplify your life and plan ahead with our best articles and advice on test prep, the college search, and more.

It's the first day of your junior year. You walk into your high school. The sounds in the hallways hit your ears, familiar but still just a little too loud. You have a minor heart attack when you forget where you’re supposed to be, but you remember you’re starting your day with Algebra II. (Ugh.) You make your way through the halls, and before you know it, summer vacation is just a distant, sunscreen-scented memory…and your college search is closer than ever before! Even if you’re not quite ready to start your college search (but, really, what have you got to lose?), it’s good to get prepared for the year to come—because things aren’t going to slow down between now and April, you know? Read these blog posts to get a sense of the junior year college search timeline, getting your college search started, tips for dealing with stress, and more. And if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us!

Surviving junior year of high school

Really starting your college search

Prepping for standardized tests

Attending college fairs

Visiting your colleges of interest

We know this is a lot! But junior year is an important one, and we want you to be prepared. Bookmark this page to revisit as you progress through the year, and be sure to take advantage of our College Search tool, Scholarship Search tool, and Lists & Rankings as well. It's going to be a busy year, but it will be worth it when you're well prepared for the college admission process and life as a senior.

That should be enough to help you lay a foundation to have a productive, stress-free junior year! For more resources on the college search, check out our College Admission section.

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