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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.