Education

Getting ready for college: Start planning as a family for child’s success in getting into college

College is something you must plan for it does not just happen. Here’s what you should do as a family project.

Freshmen

1.Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines e.g. (PSAT test dates). College is something you must plan for it does not just happen. Here’s what you should do as a family project.

Freshmen

1.Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines e.g. (PSAT test dates).

2.Go to college fairs in your area.

3. Meet with your Educational Consultant or school counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your class schedule with him or her to make sure you are enrolled in challenging courses that will help you prepare for college.

4.Sign up for diagnostic assessment of the ACT, SAT to prepare for the official exam.

Sophomores

1.Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with campuses near you.

2.Explore careers and majors that suit your strengths and preferences (take the career assessment offered by the career center).

3.Meet with your Career Consultant to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him/her to make sure you are enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. (See the NCAA academic core requirements list).

4. Find out the required courses and tests the colleges you are interested in attending require.

5. Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines e.g. (PSAT, SAT test dates).

Juniors

1.Start thinking about college majors related to your interests and career goals.

2.You and your Career Consultant should begin to request college applications, brochures, and financial aid information from the schools you are interested in attending.

3.Visit college campuses. Call ahead for tour and open house schedules.

4.Narrow list of colleges to five – eight by the end of the end of the summer.

Seniors

1.Register for SAT’s, ACT’s if you have not taken them already.

2.Mark your calendar with important dates and deadlines for the year. Be sure to stay on top of application and financial aid deadlines.

3.Plan to take SAT, ACT tests well before the college deadlines. Scores are received by colleges about three weeks after the test, but can take longer.

4.Talk to your school counselor about your transcript.

3/07/2005

March 7, 2005
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