Getting ready for college isn’t just for seniors. In fact, many colleges and universities advise that students begin the process as soon as they get to high school. However, much of the leg work is done during junior year. Check out the following list of college preparations that should be completed during this time.


-Take Advanced Placement Classes: At this time, students can begin taking AP classes, which will help them get a feel for a college curriculum.


-Visit Out-of-State Universities: These visits often take some time so getting started early is advised. Additionally, fees at out-of-state schools can add up so this is a good time to start thinking about a budget.


-Narrow it Down: Junior year is when students should begin to select some of their favorites from their college choices.


-Take the SAT: Taking the SAT early allows more time for retakes to get the best score possible.


-Letters of Recommendation: Students should have three or four letters of recommendation in hand by the end of junior year. Asking early will ensure that the teachers you want to write them have the time to do so.


-Search for Scholarships: Many scholarships allow students to apply while they are in their junior year. One great place to find these scholarships is at the Foundations of East Chicago scholarship fair in January!


The scholarship and career fair will be held at the East Chicago Central High School gymnasium and will feature universities, scholarship representatives and employers from all over the region. For more information on the scholarship fair or college readiness, visit