Making Campus Visits? Your junior year is a great time to begin checking out college possibilities and one important part of the decision process is visiting campuses you are interested in. Seeing a college in person can make a big difference in your interest level in the school. Do not just drop in to the campus, but instead, plan ahead by arranging a visit with an advisor and/or a representative from the department of your career interest. Before the visit, be sure to get a College Campus Visit form in room 6. This form has important questions to ask during the course of your visit. You can also use this for completion of important advisory requirements.

ARE YOU PLANNING ON VISITING COLLEGES AND DO YOU NEED FINANANCIAL HELP FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES? North Bend High School Students have been provided a very generous gift from the Menasha Legacy Fund!  We have been given a limited amount of money to reimburse students for a portion of costs for college visits or college applications. You may apply to funds for a trip you plan on taking or you may apply to funds for trips that you have already made within this calendar school year, as long as you can provide receipts. Please see the Career Center (room 6) for more information.



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To do list

All Year Review:

Explore careers and their earning potential within the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website: Log on to your MyFSA account at and look at the information for any colleges you saved if you completed the College Matching Wizard in the past. Try the college search again if you’ve changed your mind about what you want from a school. Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives.

Fall Review

Take the PSAT/NMSQT.* You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Spring Review:

Register for and take exams for college admission.* The tests that many colleges require are the SAT Reasoning Test, the SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.Use to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th and 12th grades, so prepare now to submit applications soon.

To Explore:

Learn how to avoid scholarship scams and identity theft from Save Your Money, Save Your Identity at

Familiarize yourself with ways to pay for college at The following sections of Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid will be especially useful to you right now:

  • Federal Student Aid at a Glance

  • Other Financial Aid Sources

  • It’s a Jungle Out There

  • Parents To Do:

    Take another look at your financial situation, and be sure you’re on the right track to pay for college. Talk to your child about the schools he or she is considering. Ask why those schools appeal to your child, and help him or her clarify goals and priorities. Attend college fairs with your child, but don’t take over the conversation with the college representative. Just listen, and let your child do the talking. Take your child to visit college campuses, preferably when classes are in session.

    To Explore:

    Get in-depth information on federal student aid programs from Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid at

    Great website for exploring careers

    By Cap Sharples, "Your Future"

    Juniors who plan to attend a post high school learning institution have a number of tasks they should consider doing this spring. Many of these tasks apply for both academic and technical schools.

    • Look at the admission requirements for schools you might attend. That way you can plan to meet those requirements during your senior year.

    • Take an SAT or an ACT exam during the spring if you are considering attending a 4-year college, a community college and/or apply for scholarships. Students often have a difficult time fitting these tests in during their senior year. Taking one of these exams in the spring also takes advantage of knowledge gained during the junior year. You can register for the SAT at and the ACT at

    • Take advantage of dual credit classes. These classes offer high school and college credit, which can save time and money in college. These classes are available in vocational fields and academic fields at most high schools.

    • Take advantage of the Expanded Options programs. Some school districts will pay for college classes. Taking these classes while in high school can save you time and money in college. Even if the school district doesn't pay for these classes, taking college classes while in high school is worthwhile since they provide an excellent transition to being a full-time college student. Talk to your high school counselor about options available to you.

    • Forecast for a solid schedule of classes for your senior year that should include at least four academic classes. Post high school educational programs will require you to use math, reading and writing. Taking classes that build your skills in these areas can help you avoid taking remedial classes when you enter college.

    • Take a placement exam. Southwestern Oregon Community College offers one. An appropriate score is required for some dual credit and/or expanded options classes. The exam also will tell you if you will need remedial work in college. You could improve your skills next year and retake the test in the spring of your senior year if needed.

    • Explore opportunities for community service. Many scholarships require community service. High school clubs such as Key Club, Z Club, National Honor Society and others provide such opportunities. Long-term involvement in community service is more valuable than just a few one-time events, but some service is better than none.

    • Athletes who hope to compete at the NCAA Division 1 or 2 level should check the requirements for participation to make sure they are eligible. They can go to to see eligibility requirements and/or talk with their high school counselor.

    • Take campus visits. It can help you make decisions about which school to attend. Seeing student housing, the campus and the community where the school is located can be very helpful. The college admission office can help arrange visits.

    (Cap Sharples is a retired high school counselor and a part time advisor at Southwestern Oregon Community College.)