- It's never too late to improve your grades. Colleges look for an upward trend. Your GPA and class rank are important for college admission and scholarships.
- Specialize your involvement in activities. Concentrate on your special talents, abilities, and interests. Colleges look for consistency and depth in activities as well as variety.
- If you are interested in one of the military academies, start the application process now.
- See your guidance counselor.
- Sign up to meet with college representatives who visit your high school.
- Attend local college fairs in the area. See your counselor for dates and times.
- Develop leadership skills by accepting responsibility.
- Participate in the practice program for the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).
- Prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT. Discuss your scores with your counselor.
- Take the EMPT (Early Math Placement Test) if available to determine how strong your math skills are.
- Think about where you would like to go to college. Size, costs, location, and academic programs are some of the things to consider. Explore the Internet.
- Write for college catalogs. Consult college guidebooks. Talk to your counselor.
- Continue to research information about scholarships and other kinds of financial aid.
- Attend your school's financial aid night. Take a parent or guardian if possible.
- Study for the ACT and SAT tests. Study guides, prep course, and computer tutorials are available in each high school.
- Register for the early spring ACT and/or SAT tests.
- If you are planning to apply to a highly selective college, the SAT II subject test may be required. See your guidance counselor.
- Take the ACT and/or SAT tests.
- Continue to take a full course load of college prep courses in your senior year. It will pay off later.
- Discuss post-secondary enrollment options with your guidance counselor.
- Discuss ACT/SAT scores with your guidance counselor. If necessary, develop a plan to increase your scores when you take the tests again in your senior year.
- Apply for a summer job. It's important to save most of your earnings for college. Be prepared to pay for college application, financial aid, and testing fees in the fall.
- Visit as many college campuses as you can.
- Talk with students currently enrolled at the colleges and/or alumni who live in the Columbus area.
- Read, read, read.
- Become involved in the community by volunteering.
- Participate in summer academic enrichment activities