Career & College
- Explore college campuses and technical schools, and decide on where you want to apply.
- All four-year college applications should be submitted by December, or the earliest deadline listed.
- Set up your FAFSA ID, and have your FAFSA submitted by Jan. 1.
- Begin to apply for scholarships and grants.
- Continue applying for scholarships and grants.
- Check to see if your mid-year transcripts have been mailed to the schools you applied to.
- Rank your finalized list of colleges and pick which one you would like to attend.
- Go through college catalogs and visit their websites. Look for three to five schools that interest you the most and carry the programs you want to pursue.
- Visit with college recruiters when they visit the high schools.
- Talk to your parents about your plans. Things to consider for this discussion include some of your top choices for colleges and your outlook for financial aid.
- Set up a filing system to stay organized, with correspondence from each of your schools.
- If possible, plan trips to view the campuses of your schools.
Sophomores & Freshmen
Even though applying for college may seem far away, there are still things you can do to prepare for the future. While you should be striving to achieve good grades, remember that extracurricular activities are also important to college admissions departments.
- Get involved in activities outside the classroom and find out which extracurricular activities you enjoy.
- Push yourself toward leadership positions and find out your strengths and weaknesses.
- Become involved in the community and take time to volunteer.