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UA Matters: College Prep Tips for High-School Juniors

Whether you’re an incoming high-school freshman or senior, there are a multitude of things you can do to prepare for college. The University of Alabama’s admissions office offers a few suggestions on how students can better plan for their college futures.

This is the third of four posts that provides students in each grade level a checklist for college preparation.


  • Register for an ACT/SAT class through your high school or a local college.
  • Take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) in the fall. Large National Merit Corporation scholarship packages are awarded based on the results of this test. For more information, visit
  • Discuss your senior-year class schedule with your counselor to ensure you complete all courses required for admission by your top colleges.
  • Attend college fairs in your area, and review the colleges on your list.
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT.
  • Attendance, grades and leadership still count.
  • Keep updating your resume.
  • Decide whom you would like to write your senior-year recommendations.
  • Search job possibilities that fit your interests.
  • Continue to take advantage of summer academic programs and jobs.
  • Schedule visits to your top five college picks.
  • Remember to have a little fun.uamatters_logo-thumb

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The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.