Freshman

What you can do to get ready for college as a high school freshman:

Students

  • Remember that everything starts to “count” beginning freshman year.
  • Make as high of a grade as possible in all your classes – the higher your grades, the higher your rank. Colleges are looking for students who are in the top half of their class – aim to be there!
  • Take the most challenging course work possible.
  • Join school activities!! Colleges look for well rounded, committed individuals who show some leadership skills!
  • Volunteer!! Community service is becoming more and more important in the college admissions process.
  • Begin keeping a list of school activities, honors, awards, employment, volunteer work, community activities, etc.
  • READ, READ,READ! It’s a great way to increase your SAT/ACT scores.

Parents

  • Monitor your child’s academic progress. Make sure you see all 3 week and 6 week reports. Do not assume someone will call you if there is a problem. Provide encouragement and support.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to become involved in a wide variety of activities. Volunteer work and community service are important. Keep a list of activities –including dates.
  • Help your son or daughter plan meaningful summer activities. Make plans for your child to take a class, play organized sports, develop a hobby, work, volunteer, etc.
  • Save, save, save!!