How do I prepare & apply to college?
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." ~Dr. Seuss
Make your goal during high school (starting in 9th grade) to earn As & Bs. Be involved in a club or sport. Participate in community service and look for opportunities to develop your leadership skills. These are the things you will write about for college applications and scholarships.
In-state Universities look at your core GPA. This is calculated differently than what appears on your transcript. Click here to download an excel document you can use to calculate your core GPA.
You can view your grades on studentvue course history or request your transcript by going to parchment. (Unofficial transcript requests are free, you can order up to 3 official transcript for free your entire high school career. After the third official transcript a small fee will apply.
The general timeline is as follows:
- Start scholarship research and applying
- Explore career options by shadowing or interviewing family and friends.
- Start attending college visits at your school
- Go visit college campuses
- Take your ACT or SAT
- Apply for colleges starting in August, make note of deadlines such as early action/early decision.
- Continue to apply for scholarships
- After October 1st, apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Report to Career Center acceptance letters and scholarships
If you are planning on taking a gap year please check with your institution about how this process works. Generally, you are encouraged to go through the application process as if you were planning on attending in the Fall. Then take the nessary steps to file for deferment.