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High School Checklist: Getting Ready for College

What Students Need To Do in High School to Prepare for Collge

Freshman & Sophomore Years:

  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements and college costs.
  • Plan high school course selections to meet recommended coursework for college.
  • Find out why you should go to college.

Junior Year:

  • Jan.–March: Identify important factors in choosing a college.
  • Feb.–June: Register for and take a college entrance exam.
  • March–Aug.: List, compare, and visit colleges; identify application and financial aid deadlines.

Senior Year:

  • Aug.–Nov.: Apply to colleges—be sure to meet deadlines. Retake your college entrance exam if you’re not satisfied with your score. Completing additional coursework can help your performance.
  • Nov.–Feb.: Apply for financial aid—be sure to meet deadlines.
  • Nov.–April: Make final decisions and send in deposits.

Source: ACT, Inc.

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