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9 Tips for College Preparation

College is an investment in yourself!!! You are worth it!!!


1. Start Plannning

Take your high school Classes Seriously.

Almost all your high school grades will count toward your final GPA (Grade Point Average).

2. Be RESponsible

Don’t skip school.

Your senior year still counts!!

Colleges look at your overall performance in school.

COURSES, GRADES, STANDING and TEST SCORES.

3. Summer before senior year

Start Pre-application process.

Tour college campuses.

Look over Common Application.

Explore college websites.


Get organized!!

Meet with Guidance Counselor (Discuss long-term goals and requirements).

Make list of teachers and others to write letters of recommendation.

Research colleges---their reputation---their curriculum---their job placement.

Make list of your favorite colleges. Send applications early. (Some colleges give priority to early applicants.)

4. October through January

Complete application process.

Request high school transcript.

Send SAT or ACT scores.

An incomplete application will ruin your chances

If applying for early decision, complete entire application by November.


5. FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL

Keep your grades up!! Colleges can revoke their admission offers.


Don’t panic. Many decisions are not mailed until April. Most schools have a May 1st deposit deadline (extension possible).


6. Money

financial aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA applications may be submitted as early as January 1st.

7. RESEARCH AND locate HOUSING

Survey the area around the campus. Consider housing opportunities, including local apartment housing, shared residences, and dorms.

Consider pricing, safety and security, living conditions, and proximity to the college and shopping centers.


8. HIT THE BRICKS RUNNING

Read books on how to succeed in college. Review and research curriculum, professors, and course requirements. Determine your first-year courses.

Create a study schedule and stick to it. Go to class and learn good notetaking techniques. Acquire course reading assignments asap. Start reading course materials in advance. Create a schedule that allows you to finish all reading assignments weeks before courses end, and schedule at least two weeks of reviewing all reading assignments prior to final examinations.

9. KEEP THE FAITH

If you believe in God, pray for God’s guidance, assistance and direction.

Your faith can help you prepare for college and succeed in life.

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