I recommend that by September you have a list of at least 5 colleges/universities you are interested in applying to. Keep in mind that most application deadlines begin in October.
Because many deadlines are in the fall, seniors should register for ACT/SAT as soon as possible. Waiting for a later time to take these tests could jeopardize your chances of getting your applications in on time, which will in turn hurt your chances of getting into your schools of choice.
Available to you are the Senior Check list and College University Planning Chart. You can find them in the CAP office. It is helpful to use a 3-ring binder, with dividers. Each of the dividers should contain information pertaining to the respective schools you wish to apply to; or you can use manila envelopes instead. This information you gather may be obtained via websites, through the respective "admissions requirements for undergraduate students" links.
Keep your grades up! Take the SAT and ACT tests in the spring of this school year. Attend college field trips/tours, college fairs, and presentations. Start identifying factors that are important to you in a college.
•2 year or 4 year
•Housing (if going out of town)
Visit colleges you plan to apply. Look into careers you would be interested in. Read scholarship bulletins and newsletters published by the CAP Advisor on the school website.
Freshmen & Sophomores,
Keep your grades up! Take college preparatory courses and challenge yourself academically. During your 10th grade year, take the PSAT and PACT to become familiar with college level testing. Look into websites of colleges that interest you, or local colleges you have heard of. Begin your community service hours and participate in school activities, clubs and athletics. These extracurricular activities will look good in your college application. Begin your career search to find your strengths and weaknesses as well as your interests.
READ, READ, READ; your grades will improve and you will do better on college admission exams (SAT / ACT).