11th Grade

It’s junior year! This is a turning point in your educational journey, and college planning kicks into full speed. It’s time to focus on your future, develop your strengths and manage your time.  

Check in with Your Counselor

Your school counselor can make sure you’re on track to meet your academic requirements and give you resources to research dates and deadlines. Be sure to check your GPA and ask questions. 

Get Familiar with Placement Testing

The PSAT (available in October) is a good way to practice for the SAT, plus it qualifies you for the National Merit Scholarship Program. If you score high enough, you’ll be eligible for scholarships to help you pay for college. 

You might decide to attend a college that doesn’t require placement test scores. Learn about the different tests offered, if you’ll need to take one and when the testing dates are. Your school may have a free testing day for SAT or ACT as well.

Start Thinking About Financial Aid & Scholarships

Talk to your parents/guardian about your college budget. Get familiar with the types of financial aid available, the benefits of submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and what information is needed to complete it. Information on your FAFSA is used to determine how much money you’re eligible for. 

Seminole County Public Schools also offers great resources for scholarships through the county and your high school.

Narrow Your Choices

Look online. Go to college fairs or attend virtual information sessions, if offered. Speak to college representatives that visit your high school. Start to actively learn more about the colleges you are interested in.

Transitioning from high school to college can be stressful. Don’t forget about college life outside the classroom. Student clubs and an overall supportive environment for your first year and beyond are key to enjoying your college experience. 

Need Help

Check out our virtual registration and resources webpage.


Seminole State College
100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, Florida 32773