Career & College

Freshmen

  • Your academic readiness for college begins now! Remember, your high school performance will impact your rank in class!!
  • Challenge yourself academically and take AP/Dual Credit courses. 
  • Volunteer and participate in extracurricular activities both in school and in the community  (i.e. sports, clubs/organizations, band, R.O.T.C, drama, church, scouts). Work on becoming a leader.
  • Track all your activities and awards. (Keep schedules of your times and weeks of activities, competitions, travel, volunteer time, and work time.)
  • Revise the NCAA core-list of courses if you plan to be considered for the NCAA (the link to their website is available under Quicklinks).  Contact your counselor for assistance and guidance.
  • Create a resumé indicating activities, starting with the summer of your freshman year.  This should include any honors/awards received, volunteer experience and employment.  


Sophomores

  • Keep continual meetings with your counselor and maintain effortful courses that influence your credits in a positive way.
  • Diligence should remain in searching for opportunities that enable leadership roles enhancing the information on your resumé. 
  • Begin researching colleges and majors. Examine the website for the institution(s) you are interested in.  (Please see these websites available for assistance: CollegeforTexans.com or bigfuture.collegeboard.org.)  
  • Become familiar with scholarship opportunities.


Juniors

  • Maintain an elaborate curriculum keeping in mind the recommended curriculum for the colleges to which you would like to apply. 
  • Keep participating in extracurricular activities and maintain leadership roles.  Continual updates must remain on your resume with pertinent information, including dates and hours worked.
  • Review and prepare for the PSAT. (All juniors must take the PSAT, which is paid by the district. This exam enables students to qualify as a National Merit Scholar and prepares them for the SAT.)
  • During the fall list your 3 to 5 lead colleges.  Keep in mind your interests such as location; size, housing, etc. (Consider the college’s competitiveness and the academic credentials. Additionally, ensure that the college offers your intended major.)
  • It is recommended that all Juniors take the SAT and the ACT, with writing, in the spring.  Doing so helps determine which exam the student is most comfortable with, to encourage taking that exam again.    
  • Contact your English teacher for assistance and assessment of your college essays.     
  • Revise your list of potential colleges/universities requirements and deadlines. 

Seniors

  • Review the your list of potential colleges and their admissions requirements.
  • Begin applying to your intended schools as early as August 1st.  Some private schools may accept applications in July.  Make sure you are aware of these dates so that you don't miss them.  
  • Diligence and dedication should remain in your college admissions process.
  • Meet with representatives (that include Admissions Counselors) of your lead colleges during the fall College Fairs or during college presentations at school.  Consider questions for the Admissions Counselor of the colleges you applied to.  It is important to build a strong relationship with the Admissions Counselors, as they are your advocates at the university.  They will also provide you with information that enables success at their schools.  These are great opportunities to obtain information about expectations and competitive traits to enable admissions to the schools you are interested in.
  • Schedule visits to potential colleges. 
  • Applications for scholarships should be completed during the fall.  Focus on the deadlines for these applications is important.  The Apply Texas application has a “Scholarship” tab that can be opened and completed prior to submitting the application for admissions.  Consider completing BOTH applications and submitting them together!
  • All students should fill out the FAFSA application no later than the end of February.  (The sooner the better.  A link to that website is available under ‘Quicklinks’ labeled ‘Federal Financial Aid’ on our website, with no cost for the application process.)  The student and a parent should apply for a Pin Number that will serve as your electronic signature. Students should apply no matter their financial situation; many times schools will not award scholarships if a FAFSA is not on file with that school.  
  • Review all your offers in your Financial Aid Award letter and make a decision based on what is best for you!  If you have questions contact the Admissions Counselor for that school.
  • Don't miss out on confirming with your university, National Confirmation date is May 1!  It is important to find out with the college/university you plan to attend on the process to assure your spot. Some institutions just require you to sign up for an orientation day while others require that you accept your offer and register for your orientation day.
 




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