Junior College and Career Planning
A Junior College News and Calendar is updated with news and calendar information. Most LHS students start to think about college planning during the fall of their Junior year.
Junior Year College Planning at Lincoln HS: Key Resources
- All juniors receive a College Planning Handbook. Our LHS counseling center volunteers run the Beyond Lincoln seminars during the school day for juniors in the fall. Both the seminar and the handbook give juniors organizational tools, resources and a timeline for college planning.
- Naviance is the online website that should be used by all LHS students and their families to organize their post LHS planning, help them search out college and financial aid options, and organize their data (resume, standardized test scores, GPA etc).
- Thinking about career directions? Check out the LHS Career Center web site!
Planning Events for Juniors
- Our parent volunteers host a College Planning Night in the fall, which all LHS families should attend. Seminars include private vs public college admissions, how to pay for college, how to interview and write college essays. Check out the presentation materials from the sessions from the 2012 College Planning Night.
- In the fall there is a large college fair at the Oregon Convention Center with college representatives from all over the country. National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) College Fair • Oregon Convention Center • Friday: 9 am - 12 pm • Saturday: 1 pm - 5 pm. Use http://www.gotomyncf.com/ to register in advance.
Getting to know colleges
- Visiting Schools: Many students are uncertain of what they are looking for in a college. It is highly recommended that students register and go on formal tours of colleges to get a sense of what they are looking for in a college in their Junior year. Touring some of our local colleges and universities is a great way to start this process: a large public university (UO, OSU or PSU), a smaller public university (Southern, Eastern or Western Oregon) and a small liberal arts college (Lewis and Clark, Reed, U of Portland).Check out the Oregon University System schools information . This will enable students to get a sense of what works for them and questions to ask about potential college choices.
- College representatives visit LHS throughout the fall and early winter. These visits are announced on the Lincoln Daily Bulletin , on this website, and on Naviance. Students who express interest in a school on their Naviance account, will be notified on their Naviance account when that school rep visits the Portland area and/or LHS. Colleges track applicants' interest, so students should attend these college rep visits both to get more information about a college and to show their interest in a particular college.
Visit open houses online: Virtual College Open Houses are provided by CollegeWeekLive, a free Online College Fair and admissions event website.
- Late Fall - Mid Spring: Junior year is the year to prepare and take standardized tests for college applications. All LHS students may take advantage of the practice SATs and ACTs (updated Sept 2012) that are offered by our PTA in late fall through mid spring. There are many test prep options (updated Oct 2011) available. There are many websites that can help find SAT/ACT prep tutors along with tutors to help with writing college essays.
- All juniors are eligible to take the PSATs in October which can qualify them for National Merit Awards. They need to sign up for the PSAT.
- December: PSAT Results arrive for Juniors.
- April: Portland Public Schools pays for all juniors to take the ACTs in April during the school day.
- Links and information about SAT and ACT. These tests are offered throughout the year, but most students take them during the spring of the junior year. If you're going to take AP tests or SAT-II's (some schools require these - check your schools' requirements), it's best to take them Spring of Junior Year as well so that you can start applying in the fall of your Senior year.
Working with Counselors
- All juniors meet individually with their Lincoln counselors in March, both to check on their forecasting class choices for their senior year and to assess where students are with their post LHS planning.
- A list of local independent college counselors (updated November 2011) is available, but please check them out for yourself. These advisors are not endorsed nor have they been screened by Lincoln High School.
- Student-Athlete information will help you navigate playing sports in college. The ABCs of Recruiting and the Timeline for Recruiting are materials presented at the 2012 College Planning Night.
Helpful College Planning Links
- Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC)
- Oregon University System
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Fastweb: Matching Students to Scholarships
- Ivy League students talk about the admissions process
- NCAA Clearinghouse (for college bound athletes)
- Student-Athlete information will help you navigate playing sports in college.
- Sallie Mae: contains a wealth of information about the college application process including: selecting, applying, paying for, deciding on and financing college. The pages about Preparation for admissions tests present in-depth information on how to succeed on your undergraduate, graduate, and professional school tests.
Below is a list of helpful "College Tips" articles which have been previously posted on the counseling website. You may download them in pdf format.
- 'To Do' Lists For a Successful High School Career
- Are You a "Stay Busy" or "Stay Relaxed" Sort of Person?
- So What's In an Email Address?
- After All the Research - How Do You Choose?
- A Year Off - AKA 'Gap Year' Is Worth Considering
- The Myths of College Admission
- How Many Applications is Too Many Applications?
- Tips for a Polished Application
- Writing the College Essay - Instant Mental Paralysis
- Your College Application Represents You
- Yes, Recommendations Are Important
- What Happens After the FAFSA?
- If It's Too Good To Be True - Then it is Probably a Scam
- Senior Year No Longer a Time to Slack Off
- April 1st - The Long Awaited Date
- Lazy Summer Days Should Be Productive