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Pathway to College

Freshman Year

  • Find out how to make the most of high school.
  • Plan challenging high school courses.
  • Find out why you should go to college.
  • Plan on taking the ACT Test at least once this year.
  • Join/continue extracurricular activities – leadership positions are extremely important.
  • Keep track of all community service events and hours.
  • Keep your grades up! Every grade you make counts towards to GPA for being accepted to college.

Sophomore Year

  • Continue to take and plan challenging high school courses.
  • Consider taking DE (dual enrollment) courses for your junior year.
  • Meet with your college/academic counselor at least once a year.
  • Think about what kind of education/training different careers require.
  • Take the ACT Test. Required if you plan on taking DE courses your junior year.
  • Taking the PSAT Test is optional in the Fall of this year.
  • Attend a college fair.
  • Be ready with a list of questions to ask admissions recruiters.
  • Join/continue extracurricular activities.
  • Volunteer. Keep track of all community service events and hours.
  • Keep your grades up!

Junior Year

  • Continue to take and plan challenging courses.
  • Take DE or AP courses if possible.
  • Attend a college fair.
  • Take the PSAT Test – your scores will be looked at for qualification for the National Merit Scholar Program.
  • Take the ACT Test.
  • Talk to your parents and academic counselor about colleges that interest you.
  • Make some college visits and prepare a list of questions to ask the college representatives.
  • Begin an academic resume.
  • Volunteer and keep track of all community service events and hours.
  • Keep your grades up! They all still count.

Senior Year

August – December

  • Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements.
  • Take DE or AP courses if possible.
  • Keep working hard all year; second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility.
  • Prepare academic resume and personal statement.
  • Ask for personal references from teachers, school counselors, or employers early in the year or at least two weeks before application deadlines.
  • Visit with college admissions counselors that come to your school.
  • Attend a college fair.
  • Begin your college essay(s).
  • Apply for admission at the colleges you have chosen.
  • Avoid common college application mistakes
  • Find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college you have applied to.

January – May

  • Start the financial aid application process FAFSA
  • Attend various Financial Aid meetings.
  • See your academic counselor for help finding financial aid and scholarships.
  • Request first semester transcripts to schools where you applied.
  • Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll.
  • Decide which college to attend or not attend to notify the school of your decision.
  • Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork.
  • Continue to look for scholarship opportunities. Fastweb.com is a great site for searching.
  • Compare financial aid packages from different schools.
  • Finish your last semester of high school on a high note.