This can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time for you. Your senior year will come and go before you know it. It is our goal for each student to have a pathway laid out for whatever goal you have in mind for your future. Most often, that goal requires college or some other post-secondary training. Here's a short guide to help you each step of the way in the college application process.
- What do colleges look for? Colleges vary from institution to institution however most colleges consider all or some of the following: GPA, rigor of coursework, SAT/ACT scores, class rank, recommendations, special talents and awards, extracurricular activities, and college application essays.
- What should I do in preparation? Create a college file in which you keep all pertinent information about your college search; develop your high school resume; take college tests such as PSAT, SAT, and ACT; work particularly hard in your junior year (colleges will often take into consideration less-than-great grades in the freshman and sophomore years if you demonstrate improvement in your junior and senior years); participate in clubs and volunteer and community service activities; explore possible college majors and careers, make college visits, discuss finances about your college expenses.
- Factors to consider in choosing your college: Type of college (2-year, 4-year, technical college); siz of the school; location of the school;academic programs; admission requirements, and the cost.
Enjoy this time and don't be afraid to reach out to your parents, teachers, coaches, and counselors to help you navigate this process. Good luck!