There’s no such thing as too early to begin preparing for college. You should begin as early as your freshman year if you know college is one of your goals. There’s no need to stress yourself out your senior year with the pressure of applying to college. It would be ideal to start receiving college acceptance letters your senior year. When you prepare for college early, your mindset will start changing. You will begin to think about your career goals and and how you plan to accomplish them. Shifting your mindset is important especially if you know college is your end goal after high school.
1. Dual Enrollment allows you the opportunity to take College Courses while in high school. Taking college courses will put you ahead because most colleges will accept and transfer those courses as college credits. Dual enrollment is a great experience because you will have a exposure to the college environment, professors, and classes. Going to college with college credits will put you ahead and eliminate some courses throughout your college career.
Study for the Scholastic Aptitude Test & American State Test
2. Take SAT & ACT Prep classes A lot of high schools have began to offer prep classes as an elective. Please take advantage of this opportunity! Also, take practice tests before you actually take the exam. I've been told that the ACT is easier but everyone is different. Be sure to research the testing dates and plan when you will take your exam in advance. I would encourage you to study, study, study to ensure that you receive the highest score the first time. Click the links for FREE practice and tips for the ACT & SAT testing.
YES YOU CAN TAKE THE EXAM MORE THAN ONCE & YOU'RE ALLOWED TO TAKE BOTH SAT & ACT.
3. Look up colleges and request a tour (IT’S FREE)! It’s important to visit colleges before you attend them. You want to see what the environment is like and what exactly they have to offer, to see if it’s the best fit for you. During college tours you will learn about the culture on campus, academics, financial aid, and programs. Touring different schools will allow you to have options when it's time to apply. I would suggest applying to five colleges.
IamThatLady will be going on a college tour during 2019 Spring Break!
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
4. Getting involved in different sports and clubs will help you build relationships with teachers and staff. You will need recommendation letters for your college application. It’s important to select someone who you know FOR SURE will speak only great things about you and your work ethic.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
5. Your G.P.A will determine what college you go to. Your grade point average matters, it holds weight literally. If you fail a class retake it during the summer in summer school. Also, you can retake them online. Stay focus on maintaining or increases your GPA.
COLLEGE APPLICATION CHECKLIST
FASFA (Opened October 1st.)
SAT or ACT Scores
Two Recommendation Letters
Resume (NOT ALL COLLEGES ASK FOR RESUMES)