Welcome to Planning for CollegePlease use the following resources as a guide to planning for college.
GRADE 8 _____ Consult 8th grade counselor and teachers for appropriate course selections. _____ Choose the most appropriate graduation plan for your proposed post-secondary endeavors. _____ Attend student/parent evening programs for high school/college planning. _____ Take the 8th grade PSAT/NMSQT (www.collegeboard.org). _____ Complete your four year graduation plan. GRADE 9 – FRESHMAN YEAR _____ Plan your high school program with your parents. _____ Request college catalogs or review online of your chosen colleges and plan your high school program accordingly. _____ Begin researching your career choices and the educational requirements of each. _____ Attend military academy presentation in your regional area. _____ Develop good study habits. _____ Participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. _____ Plan to attend the AISD College Fair during the fall semester. _____ Meet with college representatives as they visit your school. _____ Take the PSAT/NMSQT (www.collegeboard.org) in October. _____ Choose your 10th grade year courses wisely! _____ Start your Academic Resume - Sample and Template on College and Career Website GRADE 10 – SOPHOMORE YEAR _____ Check credits to make sure you are on schedule for graduation. _____ Check to make sure your courses meet college entrance requirements. _____ Prepare to take the PSAT/NMSQT (www.collegeboard.org) in October. _____ Update your four year plan. _____ Plan to attend the AISD College Fair during the fall semester. _____ Learn about opportunities to earn college credit or advanced placement. _____ Plan a program of study for junior year with your counselor. Choose 11th grade year courses wisely! _____ Investigate costs of various college programs. _____ Gather and review information about colleges. _____ Meet with college representatives as they visit your school. _____ Participate in community activities and keep log documenting hours served. _____ Seek ways to develop your leadership skills. For example, run for office in a club or organization on campus. _____ Update your Academic Resume GRADE 11 – JUNIOR YEAR _____ Review your credits/graduation plan and make sure you are on track for graduation. _____ Remember, colleges are looking for the following:
Involvement in extracurricular activities
_____ Study and take the PSAT (www.collegeboard.org) _____ Take the ACT or SAT (spring semester); sample tests available online - Review & Study first _____ Plan to attend the AISD College Fair during the fall semester. _____ Update your four year plan. _____ Visit the websites of the colleges that most interest you. _____ Plan to visit college campuses during the spring or summer. _____ Look for summer enrichment programs. _____ Create a list of people who you will ask to write a letter of recommendation. _____ Update Academic Resume Summer between Junior and Senior Year _____ Visit college campuses that has your intended major _____ ApplyTexas opens up July 1. Finish your college applications before school starts GRADE 12 – SENIOR YEAR _____ Plan to attend the AISD College Fair during the fall semester. Contact individual colleges/universities. _____ Meet with your counselor to review your academic records to make sure you are on track for graduation. _____ Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse, if you are planning to play college sports. This can be completed the summer before senior year. _____ Complete college admission applications. Be sure to submit or mail. or www.applytexas.org - Texas Colleges www.commonapp.org - Across the country _____ Request transcripts be sent to your chosen colleges. _____ Ask for recommendation letters from people you have chosen. Be sure to give them at least two weeks’ notice. _____ Visit the College and Career Center for college and scholarship information on a regular basis. _____ Re-take the SAT or ACT, if necessary. Check admission requirements for your chosen college(s). _____ Take the SAT II (subject), if required, by your chosen college(s). _____ Attend the financial aid and scholarship nights at your school _____ Complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Involve your parents/guardians in this process. Opens Oct. 1 _____ DEADLINES ARE IMPORTANT! Pay attention to the deadlines. _____ Encourage your parents to complete their income tax as early as possible. _____ Complete local scholarship applications and submit by the deadline. _____ Apply for college and university scholarships and submit by the deadline. _____ Take the TSI, if necessary, for Texas colleges. _____ Reserve a dorm room at your chosen college. _____ Complete the Graduation survey. _____ Request your final high school transcript to be sent to your chosen college. _____ If you are a dual enrollment student, be sure to request an ACC transcript to be sent to your chosen college. _____ Attend graduation ceremonies and CELEBRATE! _____ Participate in the orientation program of your chosen college. _____ Consider taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams when you get to college.
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