College Planning for Sophomores


College Planning for Sophomores

Fall
  • Look for leadership roles in clubs and activities.
  • Starting thinking about college choices. Sign up for FastWeb’s College Search to help find the right school for you.
  • Make an appointment to talk to your school counselor, Ms. Snyder.
  • Prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is offered at the school and all students in grades 9th, 10th, and 11th will take this preparation exam at no cost.
  • Strengthen relationships with teachers, counselors, and activity advisors. This will help you obtain recommendations for college later.
  • Become familiar with the standardized tests that you need to take, such as the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Attend college fairs offered in the community and speak to on-campus college representatives.
  • Research summer programs for college prep.

 

Spring
  • Continue to discuss college costs with parents/guardians.
  • Meet with your school counselor, Ms. Snyder, to discuss plans for summer and next fall.
  • Apply for summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Investigate your financial aid options. There are some scholarships available to underclassmen. Keep an eye out for them and apply to anything that you can.
  • Athletes should register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse at eligibilitycenter.org at the end of the academic year if planning on participating in sports on the college level.