Junior (education)

Junior (education)

Junior is a term used in the United States to describe a student in their 3rd year of study (generally referring to high school or college/university study).[1][2] A Junior is considered an upperclassman.[3]


High school

In the United States, the 11th grade is usually the third year of a student's high school period and is referred to as junior year.


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]

UK Primary School

In the UK any child in key stage 2 (Year 3 - Year 6) is known as a junior. At the end of Year 6 they leave Primary school and go to Secondary School — the transition from Junior to Senior.

See also


  1. ^ "Concise Oxford English Dictionary".  
  2. ^ "Merriam-Webster online".  
  3. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upperclassman
  4. ^ "Do I Need to Declare a Major on My College Application?".  
  5. ^ Yale UCS - Year by Year Guide - Sophomore Year