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Here is some information that may help you on your path to entering college.  

Virtually all Colleges and Universities require students to take either the ACT or the SAT Reasoning Test; however testing requirements may vary from College to College.  Be aware of the requirements for any school that you are considering.  You may contact each College or University via their website for that school's requirements.



       Freshman Year

  • Consider taking the PLAN test (pre-ACT) and/or the PSAT (practice SAT).

  • Keep a record of all of the classes and activities on a blank transcript form.

  • Look at personal interests for fulfilling elective credits.

    Sophomore Year

  • Register to take the ACT and SAT at least one time, preferably during the Spring.

  • Become involved in extracurricular and leadership activities.  Remember, Colleges prefer quality over quantity.

  • Compile a list of all of your honors, awards, activities, volunteer work and jobs.  Remember, nothing is too small and this list will come in handy when preparing a resume and when filling out applications.

  • Start looking at schools that interest you.  Keep in mind variable such as tuition, location and size.

       Junior Year

  • Attend a College Fair or two.

  • Continue looking at schools.  Request materials from schools.

  • Register to take the ACT and SAT at least once, preferably during the Fall.

  • Begin your scholarship search.

  • Begin narrowing you school choices.  Schedule campus visits and tours.



      Senior Year

  • If you have not taken the ACT or SAT, or need to retake them, do so in early Fall.

  • Decide where you want to apply and gather all application materials for admission and for scholarships or financial aid.

  • Familiarize yourself with each schools procedures and deadlines for scholarship and financial aid applications.

  • Request recommendation letters from mentors and/or teachers.

  • Request your ACT or SAT scores be sent directly to the school in which you are applying.

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible.

  • Continue to look for outside scholarships.

  • Notify the school you've chosen of any and all outside scholarships you receive.

  • Search for schools that are right for you and your chosen field of study.

  • Keep an open mind.  Do not feel that only one school will be the one for you. 

  • Visit as many campuses as possible, as early as possible.

  • Keep all college related materials, such as applications, resumes, ACT and SAT scores, recommendation letters, etc., in an easily accessible location, in a folder and organized.

  • Ask for recommendation letters at least one month in advance.

  • Remember, neatness counts!  When filling out applications, pay attention to what you write down and take your time!

  • Keep copies of everything you submit.

  • Follow directions.


  • Meet your deadlines.


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