11th Grade Information

Information for 11th grade students and their parents

The college counseling program begins in earnest during the second semester of junior year. Many students enter the process with a "blank slate" of colleges they are interested in exploring, and our counselors are excited to get to know a student’s personality, preferences, and goals in order to recommend colleges that are a good fit to investigate. For students who are eager to get a head start on the college search prior to this time, we recommend visiting a few campuses of various sizes, locations, and philosophies, as well as beginning to research colleges in other ways. Using websites, guidebooks, publications, and catalogs, students should write down why they like a college and what appeals to them about it. If a college piques a student’s interest, he or she should sign up for the college's mailing list on the institution’s website. Juniors are welcome to attend visits from college representatives to Moses Brown if the visit falls during lunch, or a student's free period.

11th Grade College Planning Timeline

September
  • Attend visits from college representatives if it is during lunch or a free period
October
  • Take the PSAT
  • Take the Practice ACT
  • Continue to attend visits from college representatives if it is during lunch, or a free period
November
  • Update résumé in Naviance
December
  • College counselors are assigned
  • Begin Junior College Planning Questionnaire in Naviance
January
  • Receive and review PSAT scores
  • Attend alumni panel
  • Attend Junior Class College Day
  • Schedule first college counseling meeting
  • Register for ACT if planning to take in February
February
  • Register for SAT if planning to take in March
  • Some juniors will take the ACT
  • Make sure you are Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center if you think participating in DI or II varsity athletics in college is a possibility
March
  • Register for ACT if planning to take in April
  • Visit campuses over spring break
  • Some juniors will take the SAT
April
  • Register for SAT or Subject Tests if planning to take in May
  • Attend Providence Independent School College Fair
  • Some juniors will take the ACT
May
  • Register for SAT or Subject Tests if planning to take in June
  • Register for ACT if planning to take in June
  • Some juniors will take AP Exams
  • Attend evening presentation led by college counseling staff
June
  • Some juniors will take the SAT or Subject Tests
  • Some juniors will take the ACT
  • Ask two teachers about recommendation letters before heading out on summer break
  • Attend interview and essay workshop
  • Contact college coaches if interested in being recruited
July and August
  • Engage in an enriching activity over the summer
  • Continue college visits and research
  • Investigate merit-based scholarships
  • Complete a draft of college essay
  • Begin work on your college application
  • Review memo of "sanctioned" campus visit days in order plan fall visit and interviews (sent in early August)
  • Begin looking at list of fall college representative visits in the fall (available through Naviance in late August and updated throughout the fall)

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I’ve heard that junior year is the most important year when it comes to the college admission process. Is this true?

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  • What Standardized Tests Should I take and when?

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  • What if my standardized test scores do not reflect my abilities?

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  • If the SAT is taken multiple times, will all scores get sent to colleges?

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  • My family plans to apply for financial aid, or we want to see if we qualify. What should we be doing now?

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  • I hope to be recruited to play a sport in college. What should I be doing now?

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  • What should I do over the summer that will look impressive on a college application?

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  • Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation for college?

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  • What should I write my essay about?

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  • Should I visit colleges prior to applying?

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  • How do I schedule a campus visit and what should I do there?

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  • Should I interview?

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