Preparing for College
- Investigate career information. Printed materials and computerized software are available in the guidance office.
- Analyze the courses you should take in high school to prepare for the career you are considering.
- Look at college catalogs or review college web sites.
- Visit one or more college, perhaps during a family vacation in the summer before your junior year.
- Visit your high school counselor and ask questions.
- Continue to examine career possibilities and the education requirements for the career which interests you.
- Take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the fall.
- Find out about college admission procedures by looking through the College Handbook and other guides.
- Take the American College Test (ACT) or SAT I: Reasoning Test in the spring.
- Consider taking the SAT II - Subject Tests.
- Talk to your teachers about taking the Advanced Placement examination. Sign up for the exam through your counselors.
- If you want to attend one of the service academies or apply for an ROTC scholarship, begin the application in the spring.
- List the colleges that interest you and visit one or more colleges during the summer after your junior year.
- Learn more about specific colleges by meeting with college representatives who visit your high school.
- Plan your senior schedule carefully. Select a full academic program. Check the college entrance requirements again to be sure you are meeting them.
- Complete and submit the NCAA Athletic Eligibility Form at the end of the year. Register online: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
- See your high school counselor for assistance.
- Visit your high school counselor in the fall and keep him/her informed of your plans.
- Complete each college application and all financial aid forms before deadline dates.
- If you need to submit recommendations from your teachers, give your teachers the necessary forms along with a properly addressed, stamped envelope. Let the teachers know the deadline date and allow teachers two weeks to complete them.
- Research and complete applications for scholarships. Consult your counselor for information on many local opportunities.
- Visit any additonal colleges you may have decided to consider.
- Take any SAT I, ACT, or SAT II tests which are required.
- In the spring, revisit colleges which have accepted you if you are not certain which college you want to attend.
- After deciding which college you are going to attend, respond to each offer of admission.
- Let your counselor know about your decision.
- Take any AP Exams for which you are prepared.
June - Graduation
We trust that your high school experiences have been pleasant and valuable. Our sincere best wishes for a happy and successful future.