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College Planning Year by Year

 

 

College Planning – Freshmen

 

Fall

Work with your parents and counselor to put together a four year academic and extra-curricular activities plan to build a strong high school resume.
Learn about all the resources available in your school/church/community to aid and support you academics (i.e. meeting with teachers; working with your guidance advisor; tutoring; time-management and study skills workshops, etc.)
Take advantage of the PSAT prep sessions at Liberty Prep.
Keep your grades up (A’s and B’s) and take the most challenging courses available. 
Attend the Charlotte Independent School College Fair in late September.
 

Spring

Work with your parents and counselor to plan your courses for next year. Next year will be a very important year in high school. 
Take advantage of the PSAT practice classes.
Attend the Charlotte College Fair in March.
Collect information and learn about programs you might like to participate in this summer. Begin making plans to apply for programs, camps, or jobs that require selection before May or June.
Talk to upper-classmen about their college preparation.

 

Summer

Use summer as a time to do things that you don’t usually have time to do during the school year. Choose something personally enriching. Summer is the time to get a job, volunteer, be a camp counselor, or learn a new skill.
Start thinking about where you want to attend college and gather information.
Always keep a record of the activities, positions, honors, and opportunities you experienced throughout the school year. Organize this information someplace you and your parents agree upon.
Choose some leisure reading that interests you.
 

 

College Planning – Sophomores

 

Fall

Work with your parents and counselor to revisit the four year academic and activities plan you put together as a freshman. Make adjustments as necessary.
Consider new ways that you would like to learn more about yourself by becoming involved in extracurricular activities both on and off campus.
Keep your grades up as this is a very important year of high school.
Take advantage of the PSAT prep sessions that are taught in your math and English courses.
Attend the Charlotte Independent School College Fair at the end of September.
 

Spring

Work with your counselor to plan a challenging curriculum for next year. Your Junior year is one of your most important years in high school.
Attend the Charlotte College Fair in March.
Take advantage of PSAT prep classes in anticipation of the October PSAT.
Plan in January for which summer leadership program you want to attend. Apply for the programs.
Sign up to accompany the college counselors on a tour of colleges.
Think about and prepare for extracurricular involvement for next year.
Take the Career Interest Inventory to see how your interests and skills match up with occupational areas and major courses of study.
 

Summer

Make preliminary list of colleges you’d like to attend.
Make one college campus visit with your parents.
Attend a summer leadership program, volunteer, get a job for life experience.
Have fun! 
Make sure and keep track of the past years activities, positions, honors, and opportunities you experienced throughout the school year. 
Take some time filling out practice college applications.
This upcoming Junior year is especially important. So enjoy some leisure and get refreshed before the school year starts. 
Don’t be exhausted at the end of your summer.

 

 

College Planning Juniors

 

Fall

Fill in the dates for PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams on your personal calenders. 
This is the other most important year of high school. Keep your grades up and pace yourself.
Keep up your extra-curricular activities. Add some community service or volunteer work if there is time. 
Attend the Charlotte Independent School Fair at the end of September.
Make a list of 8 colleges and universities to learn everything about.
Talk to your parents and counselor about early Early Decision.
Take the PSAT in October and plan for taking the SAT and ACT at least once each this school year.
Attend campus visits conducted by your school and others with your parents.
Begin to construct your high school activity resume for college applications.
 

Spring

Attend the Charlotte College Fair in March
Prepare for an SAT or ACT test in the spring
Refine your target schools list and do the final campus visits with parents during Spring Break.
Plan and apply for a summer leadership program or internships.
Apply for summer employment.
 

Summer

Continue your college visits.
Enjoy your summer programs, volunteer programs or summer job.
Become thoroughly informed on which scholarships you will apply for.
Don’t be exhausted by the end of your summer.

 

College Planning Seniors

 

Fall

  Mark your calendar and register for the SAT and ACT one more time.
  Finalize your scholarship search and applications.
  Submit FAFSA form October 2nd.
  When you know which colleges you will apply to, discuss with your parents which teachers to request letters from, give addressed envelops and a list of colleges with due dates and pertinent forms to teachers.
  Decide on Early Decision by September and start to apply. Gather your transcripts, grade rank, and letters of reference for applications. Be finished applying by November 1st of your Senior year. * Don't forget! Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1.

 

Spring

  Complete the final college campus visits.
  Stay on track with your grades.
  Follow up on financial aid information.
  Inform your teachers references of the results of the college admission decisions and thank them for their support.
  Request the final transcript be sent to the college that you will be attending.
 

Congratulations!

You’ve finished high school and are about to embark on an exciting new phase of life. Trust God with your future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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