Junior (education)

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Junior class artwork, from East Texas State Normal College's 1920 Locust yearbook

A junior is a student in their third year of study (generally referring to high school or college/university study) as coming immediately before their senior year.[1][2] Juniors are considered upperclassmen.[3]

Education in the United States[edit]

High school[edit]

In the United States and Canada, the 11th grade is usually the third year of a student's high school period and is referred to as junior year. High school juniors are advised to prepare for college entrance exams (ACT or SAT) and to start narrowing down on colleges they want to go to.


In the U.S., colleges generally require students to declare an academic major by the beginning of their junior year.[4] College juniors are advised to begin the internship process and preparing for additional education (medical school, law school, etc.) by completing applications and taking additional examinations.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Concise Oxford English Dictionary". Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ "Merriam-Webster online". Merriam-Webster.
  3. ^ "Definition of UPPERCLASSMAN". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Do I Need to Declare a Major on My College Application?". Princeton Review. Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  5. ^ Yale UCS - Year by Year Guide - Sophomore Year Archived 2006-09-16 at the Wayback Machine