Do you think about getting into college? Regardless whether that decision was already made or lies years ahead, you are welcome to browse through the Planner Timeline, a great help that was designed to support you when you want to get ready for college.
Bear in mind that, though you usually can complete practically all these needed tasks during your last high school years, you cannot start early enough, maybe already as early as the 8th grade.
Getting well prepared early will definitely improve your chances to get into your favorite college, and the application process will be made much easier as well.
Here we list general steps that you need to follow when you prepare for college. All of these steps come with links to specific fields of GoHigher Kentucky where you can find information and tools that will be helpful not only when you’re planning for college, but also for selecting colleges, how the schools’ online application processes work, and how to get funding for your college program. If you want to go to the Planner Timeline directly, just click on your grade level in the above section.
Get all set for college early.
Perhaps vague advice, but nevertheless invaluable. Early preparation will help you greatly in positioning yourself to get into your college of choice. We are recommending that you begin as early as the 8th grade and that you begin to use the Freshman Planner during your high school freshman year.
When you start during your junior or senior high school year, don’t despair, it’s not too late then. You still have the chance to choose a school that’s right for you, to file a proper application, and get accepted to your preferred college if you’re planning carefully.
No matter what grade you’re in currently, there are quite a few rules to follow and general guidelines you need to keep in mind:
Pay close attention to dates and deadlines.
Bear in mind that, though often not required to graduate from high school, a lot of colleges require that you took at least 3 (and preferably 4) years of courses in English, math, social studies, and science. In addition, many colleges require that you took at least 2 years of the same foreign language.
Sure, your grades are of high importance, but the difficulty level of the courses you took may also play a key role in the admissions process a college. Generally, colleges are preferring students who like to challenge themselves through more demanding courses, even when they’ve earned just average grades, when compared to students who opted for less challenging courses just to boost their GPA’s.
Honors and advanced placement courses are often weighted more heavily than other courses in calculating a student’s grade point average.
Computer science courses or courses that require students to use computers in research and project preparation can also help aid your future college performance.
College admission committees are paying close attention to your GPA, your class rank, AP and other honors-level courses, and how you scored on standardized tests.
Taking part in some extracurricular activities during your high school years is also an excellent idea. Partaking in activities that require effort and time outside the regular classroom (for example debate and speech, communications, drama or music classes) are often good indications that you are a multi-talented and well-rounded person with broad and many interests, that you have the capacity and willingness to work together with others, and that you have the desire and stamina to succeed.
Volunteering at various organizations within the community can also be beneficial, giving you a chance to gain experience in and observe various work environments, while showing others your ability to reach out to those in need.