Your Junior-Year Calendar Checklist for College

You made it! Welcome to your junior year of high school!

This is a big year for you! You’ll be narrowing your college search, taking standardized tests, and learning more about scholarships and financial aid. We know: it’s a lot to take in! No worries; The Culinary Institute of America has got your back with this, your junior-year calendar checklist for college. We’ll help keep you organized and set you up for success.

September: Stay on Track

Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss the different majors that can help you achieve your dream career. Talk to them about the year ahead and confirm that you’re on the right track for college admission.


October: Start Your College Search

Make a potential list of colleges you’re interested in learning more about. Then, attend college fairs and speak to the colleges’ representatives.


November: Take the PSAT

Taking this test is not only a good way to practice for the SAT, it can also qualify you for a merit scholarship, which can go towards your college tuition.


December: Stay Involved

Take on more responsibility in your extracurricular activities or part-time job. Keep a record of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences. This will be an important part of your college application.


January: Get a Taste

Come get a taste of the CIA experience firsthand! Sign up to shadow a class at the CIA—our students and instructors love to show prospective students like you what it’s really like to be a CIA student. Call 1-800-CULINARY (285-4627) to schedule your Shadow Day.

February: Get Prepared

Schedule your test dates and begin getting ready for the ACT and SAT. The CIA does not require these test scores for admission, but be sure to send them in anyway, because they may help you qualify for merit scholarships.

March: Make Connections

Continue building relationships with your teachers this year, as they are who you’ll most likely ask for a letter of recommendation for your application for admission. If you know a CIA graduate, ask them for a letter of recommendation to receive a $1,000 Alumni Referral Scholarship.


April: Visit Campus Visit campus for a day to get a sneak peek at what makes the CIA the perfect place for you! Can’t make it to an Open House? We also offer daily tours. No matter when you plan to attend, we’ll work with you to make your visit experience the very best.

An Open House for prospective students and families held on The Culinary Institute of America's New York campus.

May: Funding Your Education Gather information about financial aid from colleges you’re interested in. The CIA is committed to helping you receive the best financial aid package available. Be sure to check out additional scholarships on our exclusive $hef website, a database of more than 200 scholarship opportunities to apply for.

June: Narrow Your Search

Start to narrow down your list of potential colleges. Make sure you have all of the information you need and compare the schools by looking at the factors most important to you.

July: Stay Overnight

Register for Journey for Juniors! A Friday and Saturday at our New York campus is the best way to sample the CIA student experience—hands-on in the kitchen or bakeshop with our world-renowned chefs—and your future career in food!

August: You’re a Senior!

You’ve made it to your senior year of high school—yay! Stay on top of your studies and start applying to colleges. But also remember to really enjoy your last year at the school that helped shape you into the person you are today.