Planning For COLLEGE

"Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps make elusive dreams come true."

—Geoffrey Fisher

The road to college begins far earlier than many people think...

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• Aim for good grades, especially in English and Math courses.
• Learn a language other than English.
• Explore summer programs that develop your interests and reinforce skills.
• Check into options for saving/paying for college.
• Develop time management and organizational skills.
• Get a head start on community service and extra-curricular activities.
• Attend school workshops on planning for college.
• Meet with your Counselor to plan your high school schedule. 

• Develop strong study skills
• Become aware of your school’s course offerings

• Take advantage of free PSAT practice tests
• Take challenging courses offered by your school
• Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your course selections
• Take appropriate SAT II tests
• Attend college fairs and open houses; continue through senior year
• Explore summer programs that develop your interest and reinforce skills
• Prepare for upcoming PSAT over the summer
• Search for colleges that match your interests and preferences and attend college fairs and college visits to your school


• Plan campus visits for the Spring and request additional materials from schools
• Do your best on the PSAT in October
• Begin researching financial aid and scholarship opportunities
• Prepare for spring SAT, ACT, SAT II and any AP exams
• Develop a preliminary college list with your counselor as well as interest, possible majors

• Visit Colleges of interest
• Plan a summer of meaning, merit and fun
• Plan senior year class schedule
• Take advantage of the most rigorous courses


• Request letters of recommendation from teachers and employers if needed
• Maintain a strong GPA throughout senior year
• Perfect your personal statement
• Complete your college applications and send them out
• Last chance to take the SAT, ACT or SAT II
• Consider your family’s financial needs (fill out the FASFA form, project costs and resources, consider educational loans)

• Congratulations on college acceptances! Accept one offer, reject the rest and choose wisely
• Establish a budget or allowance plan for school
• Have a great summer
• Prepare yourself mentally for the college workload and learn more about your career options


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