College Guidance

Preparing for college begins in middle school and high school. Taking the right steps, developing good study habits, and doing regular assessments can help make sure students have greater opportunities for higher education. The following suggestions can help make sure students accomplish everything they need to stay on track.

Your guide to
College Preparedness

6th - 8th

6th - 8th

  • Develop good reading habits.

    Read for school or pleasure daily. Take advantage of learning opportunities such as travel, visiting local museums, and school or family field trips. Discuss “issues of the day” over mealtime. As parents, ask questions that require students to think through a situation.

  • Insure that your home is an educational environment.

    Have an area set aside for homework, an expectation of when homework will be completed each day, and work with your student to help check work. Learning should continue when a child is at home.

Your guide to
College Preparedness

Freshman Year

Freshman

  • Talk to your school counselor

    Begin talking with the school counselor about colleges and careers.

  • Work on those grades

    Grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school GPA. Grades, along with ACT/SAT scores, really do count toward college admission and scholarships.

  • Look at majors

    It is not important to decide on an exact college major until you are in college, but you can start looking for things that sound interesting to you or rule out careers that might not be for you.

  • Extracurricular activities

    Get involved in extracurricular activities (both school and non-school sponsored).

  • Plan for college expenses

    Parents should begin planning for college expenses if they haven't done so already. State college savings plans should be investigated. Oklahoma Promise is a generous program for families that meet income qualifications. Parents must register their student during 9th or 10th grade to qualify for this program which helps to pay for tuition at Oklahoma universities after graduation.

  • Tour

    Tour a nearby college.

  • Summer programs

    Investigate summer enrichment programs.

  • Get involved

    Get involved in community service both school and outside of school. Summer break can be a good time to build up your service hours.

  • Start a personal resume

    This should document extracurricular activities, community service, awards, and achievements that have been received beginning the summer before 9th grade. Continue to add to this resume each year to be used for scholarship and college applications.

Your guide to
College Preparedness

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • Enroll in college preparatory courses

    Students should enroll in college preparatory courses and, if qualified, see if AP courses are available for the tenth grade year.

  • Take the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship in October

    When you fill out your test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them. Also in October take the PLAN which is a practice/preliminary ACT which includes career and interest information based on students answers.

  • Become familiar with general college entrance requirements

    This includes in state and out of state. Some universities are raising entrance requirements.

  • Attend College Fairs

    Many colleges both in state and out of state will have booths at the fall fairs. Watch newspaper listings for upcoming fairs

Spring Semester

  • Discuss PSAT & PLAN score

    Discuss your student's PSAT and PLAN score with your counselor. Be open to taking the steps necessary, if needed, to get your student on track.

  • Read, read, read

    Read as many books as possible. Work on writing skills. No matter what the career, good writing skills are a necessity. Almost all jobs will require a person to have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Attend College Fairs

    Many colleges both in state and out of state will have booths at the fall fairs. Watch newspaper listings for upcoming fairs

  • Keep your GPA up

    Make sure your students keep their grades up. It is important to have the highest grade point average possible.

  • Start visiting colleges

    This includes public and private, small or large, rural or urban. When you make family trips, try to visit a college even if you aren't interested in a college in that area or state. You will learn a lot about what to look for in a college that you might want to attend. College tours can be scheduled online or by calling a college admission office. You should schedule a tour at least 3-4 days in advance, if possible.

  • Write to colleges

    Ask for their academic requirements for admission.

  • Summer jobs

    Encourage your student to get a summer job to put money away for college and to augment their personal resume.

  • Schedule testing

    Schedule an SAT or ACT for April or June.

  • Take subject test courses

    Consider taking SAT II Subject Tests in the courses you took this year while the material is still fresh in your mind. These tests are offered in May or June. For more information, go to www.collegeboard.com.

Your guide to
College Preparedness

Junior Year

September
  • Begin discussing college plans with parents.
  • Consider a test preparation course to prepare for college examinations.
  • Register for the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Check for scholarship contests in your area of interest.
  • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Work on improving your vocabulary skills by reading books & newspapers.
  • Develop positive study habits.
September Special Dates
  • 8th Washington University Open House (7-8 PM) at Crown Plaza Oklahoma City
  • 11th ACU visit (Mr. Cave’s College Prep classes)
  • 13th ACT test date
  • 15th OU visit (Mr. Cave’s College Prep classes)
  • 16th Colorado Christian University, Central Christian College visits (Mr. Cave’s
  • College Prep classes)
  • 16th Edmond College Night @ UCO Nigh University Center (6-8 PM)
  • 18th ACT registration deadline for October Exam
  • 30th NACCAP Christian College Fair at OCS (2:30-4:30 PM)
October
  • Attend area College Fairs.
  • Plan to meet with college representatives who visit our campus.
  • Take the PSAT.
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines.
October Special Dates
  • 1st Wichita State University Information Night at Coles Garden (6-8 PM)
  • 24th ACT test date
  • 29th UCO Central Close Up
November
  • Begin thinking about what to look for in a college and develop a list of potential schools.
  • Set up a filing system for information that you will be receiving from colleges.
November Special Dates
  • 6th ACT registration deadline for December exam
December
  • Study hard for semester exams. Your grades are very important.
December Special Dates
  • 4th UCO Central Close Up
  • 12th ACT test date
January/February
  • Talk with college students who are home for the holidays, especially those who are attending a college that interests you.
  • If you are not satisfied with your PSAT scores, consider enrolling for test prep class.
  • Register for the SAT and ACT. If possible, select dates that do not conflict with school events or other activities.
  • Continue investigating scholarship opportunities. Be aware of deadlines.
  • Consider scheduling an appointment with Mrs. Knowles to discuss college plans.
  • If you are interested, begin nomination process for military academies.
  • Start looking at colleges that meet your criteria on such web sites as: www.review.com, www.petersons.com, www.collegeboard.com.
January Special Dates
  • 8th ACT registration deadline for the February exam
February Special Dates
  • 6th ACT test date
March/April
  • If you have not already done so, register for SAT and ACT. Check with prospective colleges to see if they require the SAT Subject Tests.
  • Write, call, or e-mail colleges to request information.
  • Talk with your parents about visiting a college campus during Spring Break.
  • Consider which senior year courses will meet your college’s entrance requirements.
  • Register for AP examinations.
March Special Dates
  • 4th ACT registration deadline for April exam
April Special Dates
  • 9th ACT test date
May
  • Consider taking summer courses for college credit. See Dr. Knowles for information.
  • Investigate summer programs which are held on college campuses. Some offer credit; others are for self-improvement.
  • Ask appropriate teachers if they will write letters of recommendation for college and scholarship programs.
  • Study hard for semester exams!
May Special Dates
  • 6th ACT registration deadline for June exam
June/July
  • Last chance to take the ACT or SAT until fall.
  • Visit college campuses.
  • Volunteer.
  • Get a summer job.
  • Participate in a summer program on a college campus.
  • Begin working on essays for colleges and scholarships.
  • Prepare your resume.
  • Continue to contact colleges for information.
  • Register for next year’s classes that meet graduation requirements. Colleges do not look kindly at students who “take it easy” during their senior year.

Your guide to
College Preparedness

Senior Year

  • Begin discussing college plans with parents.
  • Consider a test preparation course to prepare for college examinations.
  • Register for the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Check for scholarship contests in your area of interest.
  • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Work on improving your vocabulary skills by reading books & newspapers.
  • Develop positive study habits.

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