Resources for Juniors
Upcoming Virtual College Informational Events
1. IACAC/StriveScan Virtual College Exploration Event: September 15-October 22. The Virtual College Exploration Program, for all Illinois students, is a six-week program consisting of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and information sessions. Registration is required. Participation is free. Students should participate live, but still register for the sessions you are interested in and recordings will be available on the IACAC website later.
2. Chicago Area Regional Representatives (CARR) Virtual College Visits. The CARR Virtual College Visit program is geared towards high school students in an effort to help you navigate your college search. Presentations will be available Monday-Friday starting on September 9. During each visit program, you will have the opportunity to virtually interact with 9 different colleges/universities.
The Virtual Lunch Visit program is set up in two sessions:
Session A: Wednesday, September 9-Thursday, October 15
Session B: Monday, October 19-Monday, November 19
3. NACAC Virtual College Fairs. Sept. 13, Oct. 12, Oct. 18. Nov. 8. Attend a NACAC Virtual College Fair! More than 600 colleges and universities will be online to talk with high school juniors and seniors. Parents invited, too. For more detailed information, including how to sign up, please visit https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/attend-virtual-college-fairs/students/.
4. CollegeVine Virtual Student Panel College Fair. September 21-26 (recordings sent after to registrants): Live Q&As with current college students from 100+ universities. Students and parents are invited to attend the Student Panel College Fair, an online event featuring live Q&As with current college students from over 100 universities. Online at cv.watch/2020colleges. Free! Spots are limited so register now to save your seat! Students can see the full list of colleges and register here.
Starting a college search:
As the first step in the college search process students identify what is important to them in a college or university. Early in junior year, making college visits and talking with admissions representative at JHHS or at a local college fair can be a valuable way to identify college traits of importance. For more information on campus visits, college fairs and meetings with college representatives, visit this webpage. In addition, counselors meet with juniors three times during the academic year to provide information on career exploration, building a college list, assessing the likelihood of acceptance, the application process, standardized testing.
The Complete JHHS Post-Secondary Planning Guide: "What's Next? Planning for Life After High School" (updated 12/2019)
Exploring Post High School Options
College Planning (including standardized test information)
The Application Process
Financial Aid & Scholarships
College Planning Calendar
Appendices: Websites, College Admission Selectivity Categories, Glossary
Follow the JHHS Post-secondary Office on social media @LifeAfterHersey on these sites: