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Junior Parent Newsletter - Winter

Collaboration Is Key
Monday, January 19, 2015

College Preparation during Junior Year

With senior year on the horizon, now is the time for juniors and their parents to make important decisions together. Collaboration is the key to ensuring their successful future.

Set aside time to review and discuss your student's PSAT results. If they are unhappy with their scores, remind them that they can retake them next fall and that most colleges welcome updated scores.

Winter is the ideal time for parents to help start planning their students’ schedule for senior year. Encourage them to take challenging courses, as that will help them stand out when applying to selective colleges. For example, AP courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that students can take while still in high school. The experience offers challenging work and a taste of what college classes are like. At many colleges, students who score high on AP exams may be eligible for academic merit scholarships, course credit, advanced placement, or the opportunity to enroll in an honors program.

At the same time, students should avoid spreading themselves too thin with extracurricular activities, a part-time job, or anything else that might affect their academic performance.

St. John's University is dedicated to providing students with an outstanding Catholic higher education, featuring world-class faculty, financial aid assistance, safe residential campuses, and career preparation that is unmatched. We want to supply you with the tools and information you will need to guide your child to a great college experience.

For more helpful information, please visit Our enrollment counselors will be happy to assist you in any way possible.


Top 10 Things Colleges Look For in a Student
  1. Challenging high school course schedule
  2. Grades that show improvement over time
  3. Standardized test scores
  4. Depth, not breadth, of involvement in activities
  5. Academic pursuits outside of school
  6. Awards and/or honors received for academics, service, or humanitarianism
  7. A well-written essay to accompany an application
  8. Strength of letters of recommendation
  9. Service to the community
  10. Overall excitement about college campus visits and ongoing contact


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