Summer (after SOPHOMORE YEAR)
- Think about what you're looking for in a college. Whether it is size, majors, activities, sports, or other considerations, you should start thinking about what's important to you in a college.
- Talk to your family. Your family is an important part of this process as well. Depending on your situation, your family's thoughts might influence where you go to college. How do they feel about you moving far away from home? Will they contribute to the cost of college?
- Create a list of colleges you’d like to learn more about. Research different colleges you may be interested in and get a feel for what jumps out to you. Utilize online resources and materials you may have been sent by different institutions.
- Start talking to your school counselor. Your school counselor is a great resource to help shape which colleges will be a good fit for you. It's also important for your counselor to get to know you. Most colleges ask for a counselor recommendation letter, and a letter that can speak personally about you will carry a lot more weight than a generic letter listing your accomplishments.
- Take challenging courses. In order to prepare yourself for the transition into college, be sure to start taking courses that will push you to work hard and further your knowledge in subjects you are passionate about.
- Get connected. Start attending college fairs and/or college visits that occur at your high school or in your area. These are great opportunities to connect with universities and learn more about what they have to offer.
Get involved in your school and community. Colleges want to see that you are passionate about what you are involved in–whether it be theater, athletics, community service, robotics, or art. Find your favorite activities and get involved.