Road Map to College

  • Earn good grades in all your classes. 
  • Improve your English skills. Read interesting books, magazines and newspapers. Keep a journal and write daily. Speak English with your friends even if they speak your native language. 
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities. 
  • Create a personal file with items such as:
                           Copy of report card. 
                           Certificates presented to you. 
                           Awards and Honors you receive. 
                           List of extracurricular activities and volunteer work in which you participate, including length of service. 
                          Summer: Volunteer, work or do a meaningful activity.
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  • Keep grades up. 
  • Take the PSAT 
  • Think about joining two or three activities after school. Colleges are looking for a commitment to and passion for an activity outside of the academic setting. 
  • Do volunteer to something that interest you. 
  • If you feel ready, Take an SAT II subject test. 
  • Update your personal file with materials and information at the end of each semester. 
  • Summer: Join a summer program, do volunteer work or pursue and internship in an area of interest. 
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  • Maintain a strong academic average. Very important!!! 
  • Continue with your extracurricular activities and volunteer service. (Try for leadership positions). 
  • Attend college fairs. 
  • Ask your teacher about their college experience and what college they attend. 
  • Meet with your counselor to discuss college plans. Develop an initial list of 10-15 colleges you may be interested in applying. 
  • Read major and careers. 
  • Take the SAT I in May. 
  • Take SAT Subject Test in June. Pick two subjects in which you feel you will excel in. 
  • Pass the English Regents. 
  • Take the TOEFL exam if you feel that your SAT score is too low. 
  • Summer: Continue with your volunteer work, attend a college summer program for high school students or get a job or internship 
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  • Follow your 12th Grade Checklist. 
  • Your grades will continue to count this year. Work hard! 
  • Meet with your counselor to finalize your college list. 
  • November is your last chance to take SAT I. 
  • Continue with your extracurricular activities and volunteer work. 
  • Meet with college representative and make college visits. 
  • Schedule campus or alumni interviews. 
  • Finish college applications by you counselor’s deadline. 
  • File for financial aid after January 1st. 
  • You will receive college decision letter by April 15th and deposits are due May 1st. 
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