College Planning Checklist

Freshman Year
  • Investigate graduation plans: Minimum, Recommended and Distinguished Plans for class of 2015,2016,2017
  • Investigate graduation plans:  Foundation, Foundation with Endorsement, Distinguished for class of 2018 and above
  • Develop a 4-year high school education plan. This plan should include all of the courses you plan to take each year. Make sure that your 4-year plan includes the courses your college requires for admission. See your counselor for a blank 4 year plan form.
  • Get off to a strong start academically. All of your 9th grade courses and grades will be on your transcript(along with any high school course taken for credit in 8th grade).
  • Focus on vocabulary and reading skills
  • Think about reasons for going to college. Talk to your parents about college
  • Investigate colleges/universities: majors, location, size, cost, admissions requirements, etc.
  • Do volunteer/community work and join extra-curricular activities
  • Analyze interests and abilities in connection with possible careers.  Use the Choices 360 program-see your counselor for access code

Sophomore Year   
  • Continue investigation and search into colleges/universities-make campus visits to get a feel for what different college campuses are like. Always register with the college visit office so that they have a record of your interest.  Some colleges keep track of this and use in admission decisions.
  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements
  • Volunteer/community work and join extra-curricular activities
  • Analyze interests and abilities in connection with possible careers-use Choices360.com
  • Work hard in all classes and concentrate on grades
  • Focus on vocabulary and reading skills
  • Organize a file to keep all college related materials and information
  • Begin to create your resume of activites, awards, service hours, employment. Review finances
Junior Year
  • Take the PSAT in October
  • Narrow down choices for college/university
  • Attend College/Technical School night in October at Civic Center
  • Begin to search for scholarships on Internet or with Financial Aid Office at college
  • Become familiar with college entrance requirements
  • Take SAT and/or ACT in Spring
  • More realistic view of finances-talk to your parents
  • Add to college resume volunteer/community work, extra curricular, employment and awards
  • Visit colleges
  • Analyze interests and abilities in connection with possible careers-Use Bridges
  • Work hard in all classes and concentrate on grades
  • Focus on vocabulary and reading skills
  • Organize a file to keep all college related materials and information
  • Register with the NCAA or NAIA Clearinghouse if you are interested in playing sports in college  https://web3.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp or http://www.playnaia.org/page/eligibility.php 
  • Make sure you choose your senior classes to fulfill graduation requirements and college admissions requirements.
Senior Year
  • Confirm graduation credits
  • Take SAT or ACT if necessary
  • Attend Parent Information Night
  • Attend College/Technical School night in October at Civic Center
  • Request and complete college admissions applications-Public Colleges in Texas-www.applytexas.org
  • Investigate and apply for scholarships by designated deadlines
  • Request the high school transcript be sent to colleges
  • Investigate housing opportunities
  • PARENTS: gather info and complete income tax as soon as possible after Jan1
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after Jan1
  • Attend Financial Aid Night in November
  • Meet with Financial Aid Office at college
  • Research CLEP and/or AP exams  www.SpeedyPrep.com
  • Register and take TSI (to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative) if required
  • Make final decision about college and financial aid. Let school know if you decline acceptance.
  • Analyze interests and abilities in connection with possible careers
  • Work hard in all classes and concentrate on grades
  • Focus on vocabulary and reading skills
  • Organize a file to keep all college related materials and information