Start your year off right by talking with your guidance counselor about the year ahead. Confirm that your courses will put you on the right track for college admission. Be sure to ask about test dates for the ACT and SAT. You’ll need to register up to six weeks ahead of time.
Starting developing a résumé—a record of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences. This will be an important part of your college application.
If you haven’t participated in many activities outside of class, now is the time to sign up. Consider clubs at schools, team sports, leadership roles, or involvement in your religious or civic community group.
Begin to prepare for the ACT or SAT. Free test preparation may be available at your school, your local community colleges, and community based programs; in addition, there are many free resources on the Internet. If you can’t find the best Web sites, ask your counselor. You should plan to take at least one of these tests in the spring and again next fall during your senior year. Ask your counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver.
Meet with your guidance counselor again to develop your senior schedule. Make sure that you will be enrolled in the most challenging courses for which you are qualified.
Register for a spring offering of the SAT and/or ACT. Ask your counselor if you should take an SAT Subject Test this spring.
Ask your counselor about summer opportunities on college campuses. These can be a great way to find out what college life is all about and make you a more attractive candidate for admission to colleges.
Begin taking a more serious look at colleges and universities. Make a file for each college in which you are interested and gather information about academics, financial aid, and campus life. Go to college fairs and open houses and learn as much as you can about colleges online.
Begin planning college visits. Spring break is a good time to visit. Try to visit colleges near you and include a large, medium size, and small campus
Develop a preliminary list of colleges that interest you. Write or email to request a viewbook and additional information.
Think about lining up a summer job, internship or co-op.
Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile.
Make a list of teachers, counselors, employers, and other adults whom you might ask to write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
Continue investigating colleges
Begin thinking about your applications. Generally, colleges will have their applications online by the beginning of August. Work on the essay before you return to school!
Southeastern Regional administered the PSAT in October. Test results will be returned to students by their Guidance Counselor. All Juniors (including those who did not sign up for the PSAT) can practice for the SAT at any time. Khan Academy and the College Board have have free full length practice tests and tools. Please use these links to find […]
Current seniors who plan to attend college after graduation should begin thinking about searching for scholarships! Although searching for and applying for scholarships is time consuming, it can yield promising results if students start the process early and put forth a complete and polished scholarship application! Please visit the Scholarship Information page on this website […]