Junior College Planning Calendar

Stay on track by following this monthly list.

Strive Virtual College Exploration Week

Monday, April 20 through Thursday April 23 

  • 300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries
  • 96 sessions over 4 days
  • Day and evening options
  • Panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen
  • Free and open to students nationwide

Registration for students and parents is now live:



  • Think about your plans for life after Cretin-Derham Hall. Do your plans involve further education? If so, what are you looking for in a school? (size, location, religious affiliation, academic programs etc.)
  • Discuss your hopes and plans with your parents and significant others in your life.
  • Become familiar with your academic record and with college admission requirements.
  • Attend your Junior Meeting with a CDH counselor. Bring your questions and make good use of this time.
  • Formulate a “long list” of possible college choices and list these on your Naviance account. Begin researching these schools by contacting admission representatives, visiting web sites and talking to people. Contact the schools that appeal to you and get more information.
  • REGISTER FOR THE ACT THIS SPRING! Be sure to register for and take the appropriate college admission tests at least once this spring!  Information on test registration, deadlines and test preparation is available online through ACT or College Board.
  • The ACT has an optional writing test. We recommend that you check with the colleges you are interested in to see if they require this test since many colleges have dropped the writing requirement. If you do not take the writing test and later realize you need it, you will have to take the entire ACT again.
  • Students are responsible for sending or self-reporting test scores to the colleges. CDH does not send test scores. When you register for the tests, you will need our school code 242245 which will allow CDH to receive your scores for your permanent record and for advising purposes. You may also indicate on your test registration four colleges you would like your scores sent to for free.  If you don't know the colleges you will apply to when you register or you would like to see how you do before you submit your scores, you may have your scores sent later by ACT or College Board for a fee per college. All information on score reports can be found on the ACT or College Board websites.
  • Check to see if any of the schools you are considering require the SAT Subject Tests (one-hour exams in, for example, literature, biology, chemistry, and languages).  If you need to take these exams, plan to take them when the subject matter is still fresh in your mind.


  • Attend your Junior Meeting with a counselor (continued).
  • Plan some campus visits over spring break.
  • Attend CDH’s Education Fair held every April. Prepare your questions for admission representatives in advance of the event. We usually host over 100 schools.
  • Decide which teachers you would like to ask for recommendations and ask them now if they would be willing to write one for you. Use the “Teacher Letter of Recommendation Request Form” available in the Counseling Department.
  • Students interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, Naval or Air Force Academy should meet with their senator or congressperson to begin the appointment process.
  • Continue to work on developing your preliminary list of schools and list them as prospective college choices on your Naviance account.
  • Continue to gather information on possible school choices.
  • Remember to register for upcoming college admissions testing.


  • Organize yourself. Set up a separate folder for each school you are considering.  Keep all data relating to that school in the appropriate folder.
  • Formulate your “short list” of schools. Be sure to plan for “reach”, “target “and “likely” schools according to your academic abilities and the admission criteria of the schools you are considering.
  • Consult with your parents and/or counselor if you have concerns or questions.

Summer Months

  • Continue to evaluate your college list - revise it as necessary.
  • Review college materials and plan to visit colleges.
  • Decide if you want to take the ACT or SAT again in the fall.  Practice testing techniques and review subject areas as necessary.  Register for tests online.
  • Work on a rough draft of any college essays you will be required to write.  Develop your “Activities Resume” to send with your applications.