Congratulations, you are now officially a Somerville High School upperclassman. There are several things you should keep in mind over the course of your third year at Somerville High School.


  • College Planning: It's time to start preparing for the college admission process, and exploring your options.  Here are a few things to consider:
  • Standardized testing: Do you plan on taking the SAT, ACT or both? Which test dates will you register for? SAT: March/May/June; ACT: April/June
  • Do you plan on taking 2-3 SAT Subject Tests? Which SAT Subject Tests have you taken or will you take? Which test dates (May/June)?

Teacher recommendations

  • Which teachers will you approach in the spring to write a letter of recommendation?

Guidance Counselor

  • When will you meet with your guidance counselor to discuss college planning this winter/spring? Be sure to invite your parents/guardians!

Talk to your counselor about your senior year course selection.

  • Challenge yourself, but don't overload! Applying to college is like taking an extra class. Start early so you can pace yourself appropriately.

College Characteristics

What are you looking for in a college?  Here are a few things to consider:

Size: Small (1,000-3,000), Medium (3,000-8,000), Large (8,000-20,0000), XL (20,000 +)

Geographic region(s): Where do you want to be?
Academic Programs: What major(s) are you considering?
Campus Life: What are you looking for outside of academics?
Cost: What is your price range?
Diversity: What kind of student body are you looking to live and learn with?

The Application

  • Create a resume of your activities and achievements. Brainstorm potential essay topics. Write a draft of your essay(s) over the summer. Complete the common application online over the summer. Be productive over the summer: volunteer, get a job, take a class, etc.
  • Figure out where you are in the college search process.  Start by considering the following, and exploring these and other resources you may find on your own.

1) Have you wondered what career path you want to take?  Here are a few resources as you explore college majors and careers.

Majors Search on The Princeton Review
Peterson's College Search
Collegeboard Major & Career Profiles
Rutgers College Majors and Career Information
Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS)

2) Where do you want to be as you continue your education and prepare for a career?  Be sure to research cities where you might be considering applying for college, and plan to make site visits to your top choices.

3) What resources are available to help me decide which college is a good match for me?  Here are a few college matching resources.

CollegeBoard MatchMaker
Peterson's College Search