- If you’re interested in applying to Military Academies, start the application process now. United States Military Academies give full-ride scholarships in exchange for years of military service after you graduate.
- Create filing systems for electronic and paper documents you will write and receive from colleges during the college admission and financial aid processes.
- Student athletes should plan to market themselves to college coaches if they are interested in playing intercollegiate sports and earning athletic scholarships.
- Prepare for taking the SAT Reasoning Test™, SAT Subject Tests™, and the ACT® this fall if you need to improve your scores.
- Discuss costs of college with your parents to get an idea of what your family can afford. A good starting point for discussion is the evaluation of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
- Think about selecting a college major (if you haven’t already done so). Consider not only your interests but your skills, talents, and personality.
- Visual arts and architecture majors will be required to submit portfolios of their work. Go to websites of colleges you will apply to and review the application portfolio requirements. Get started early; creating an outstanding portfolio will take several months.
- Clean-up any questionable personal information you and your friends have posted on internet social networking sites (i.e., Facebook.com). Many colleges and universities review information and photographs posted by student applicants (and their friends) to see the personal side of students. Also, set your social network account privacy settings so unwanted persons cannot view your information.
- Visit your selected colleges and conduct interviews before the end of the summer. Visiting campuses builds a foundation from which you can compare colleges and universities.