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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