Information for underclassmen

It’s never too early to begin preparing for the college application process. There are a number of tasks underclassmen can accomplish to lay a strong foundation for a thorough and successful college search, and to build a strong, compelling story for applications.

If this timeline seems overwhelming, let Campus Bound help your family manage the process. We will keep you on track, make sure that all of your questions are answered, and ensure that you don’t miss any important steps.

Timeline for underclassmen:

9th grade:

• Keep your grades up! Colleges will evaluate your high school transcript using a cumulative GPA. Starting high school with a strong academic performance allows you to build a competitive record throughout your four years
• Register for appropriate classes: Colleges have minimum admission requirements and look closely at five academic areas – English, math, science, social science/history, and foreign language. Challenge yourself in these areas, taking advanced or honors level courses as appropriate for your abilities
• Get involved: Colleges look for well-rounded applicants. Join clubs, organizations or teams that represent something important to you. Choose a few meaningful activities and show a commitment to them

10th grade:

• Research colleges and careers: Take a personality or self-assessment test to help you determine your strengths and some possible majors or career paths in which you may be interested. We have partnered with Latitude – a cutting edge technology that provides a scientific analysis of aptitudes and interests, and gives valuable information regarding potential majors and career paths for students.
• Look into opportunities to take practice standardized tests such as the PSAT and the PLAN.
• Attend college fairs and do informal visits to colleges in your area to learn more about what is offered and what characteristics of schools are appealing to you
• Continue to work hard to earn strong grades and take appropriately challenging courses

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College planning timeline for juniors