- Visit the counseling office website to keep up on the college admission process.
- Sign-up for the PSAT.
- Get involved in outside activities.
- Want to know about a career or major? Meet with your counselor and learn about Career Cruising.
- Go online at UC pathways or CSU Mentor to look at majors, schools, admissions, etc.
- Attend Got Plans?
- Attend local college fairs.
- Take the PSAT in Oct.
- Begin to establish a strong rapport with teachers that you like (potential letter of rec).
- Read the Student Bulletin.
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Sign-up to attend college rep visits in the Career Center.
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- Junior grades are extremely important in the college admission process because they measure how you do in advanced and upper level courses. Also, grades are used to determine scholarships and grants for which you may be eligible for.
- If you will need financial aid, start researching your options for grants and scholarships.
- Visit college websites to begin doing research.
- Continue to visit the counseling website for scholarships.
- If you plan to take the ACT, register now for the Feb. ACT w/Writing. Many colleges accept the ACT or SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests. Always double check to see if a college/university prefers the ACT or SAT.
- Plan to visit colleges.
- Talk with friends about their college experiences when they are home for the holidays.
- Begin to make a preliminary list of colleges you would like to investigate. Use the resources in the Career Center.
- Know your social security number (for college applications). If you were never issued one, contact the closest social security office to obtain one.
- Register for the SAT and/or the ACT w/Writing. The SAT Subject Tests may be required by private colleges.
- Review your preliminary list of colleges. Does your initial list of colleges meet your needs and interests and are you considering colleges where you are likely to be admitted? Be optimistic and realistic when applying to colleges.
- Prepare for the SAT or ACT by using computer software or doing the SAT/ACT practice tests available in the counseling office or at bookstores.
- Register for the SAT and Subject Tests and/or ACT w/Writing for spring test dates (early registration equals preferred test site).
- Register for AP exams at the finance window or online.
- Balance your time wisely.
- Request admission literature and financial aid information from the colleges on your list.
- Register for the April ACT w/Writing test.
- Register for the May SAT or SAT Subject Tests.
- Make-up any D’s on your transcript by attending summer school. Pick-up an application in the counseling office.
- Be sure to continue to challenge yourself academically.
- Meet with your counselor to discuss college choices/options if you have not done so already.
- Consider summer course, jobs, activities, or community service.
- Sign-up for summer school if needed.
- Register for the June SAT and/or SAT Subject Tests. Not all Subject Tests are given on every test date. Check the calendar carefully to determine when the Subject Tests you want are offered.
- Register for the June ACT.
- Continue to evaluate your list of colleges/universities. Eliminate colleges from the original list that no longer interest you and add others as appropriate.
- Research summer jobs or apply for special summer academic or enrichment programs. Colleges love to see students using their knowledge and developing their skills and interest.
- Attend the San Diego National College Fair.
- Begin visiting colleges. Set up appointments and interviews. Interviews show interest, enthusiasm, and initiative on your part and provide an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered.
- Take the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests.
- Potential Division I/II athletes: file NCAA Clearinghouse forms.
- Take AP exams.
- Take the STAR tests and do your best! Remember doing well on the Calif. State Standards in English and math may opt you out of the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Math Test (ELM) – two tests necessary for the CSU system.
- Narrow your college list.
- Meet with your counselor to review your transcript. Are you missing requirements for graduation?
- Show interest – visit colleges, take tours, and speak with an admissions officer.
- Take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or the ACT w/Writing.
- Going into the arts? Start getting your portfolio or audition ready.
- Want to play sports in college? Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if not previously done.
- Research internships or a job that is related to your future major or career.
- Take tours, have interviews, ask questions.
- Volunteer in the community.
- Journal about possible essay topics for college applications.
- Read! Often when interviewing, college reps want to know what your have recently read.