CLASS OF 2020
COLLEGE PLAN 9-12
As a freshman, you may not have any idea what you want to do after high school, but the last thing you want is to look back at your senior year and have regrets. The following is a list of things you can do NOW to help plan for the future.
- Make a four-year upper school plan.
- Get to know your teachers. You may need recommendations for college.
- Research colleges and admission requirements.
- Look for ways to get involved to help build a good resumé.
- Begin keeping a log or portfolio of activities you are involved in or awards you receive.
- Look into summer programs that are of interest to you.
- Most of all - REMEMBER - GRADES COUNT!!!
- Challenge yourself and focus on your GPA. Understand the difference between the core and weighted GPA.
- Continue to be involved, but begin to narrow down your areas of interest. Become more than just a member; begin to consider serving as leaders within clubs and organizations.
- Continue with a resume of activities and awards.
- Take the PSAT with your classmates in October.
- Take an interest inventory to help determine possible majors to research. Several of these are online.
- Begin making lists of colleges that you may consider, especially colleges that offer majors in your areas of interest.
- During the summer between your sophomore and junior years, visit a few colleges to begin to narrow your search.
Junior Year Calendar
- Concentrate on doing well in your classes.
- Continue to take leadership roles within your activities (at ECS and in the community).
- Make a list of the types of colleges and the criteria that will best meet your needs and interests, and begin to research the schools that meet your criteria.
- Meet with college admissions representatives who visit ECS. These visits are scheduled during Activity Period, and the dates are published on the College Counseling page of the ECS website and in Naviance.
- Attend the College Fair that is held annually at the Agricenter.
- Make a college file/folder to manage your college search, testing records, and application information.
- Prepare for the ACT/SAT. ECS’s high school code (often referred to as the CEEB code) is 430-453. You can visit the ACT website (www.actstudent.org) and/or the SAT website (www.collegeboard.org) to find practice tests, testing dates, registration deadlines, and to register. ECS is an ACT testing center for the October and April national testing dates.
- Prepare for the PSAT. All Juniors take this test on the national testing date in October during the school day. This score may qualify you for National Merit Semi-Finalist status and make you eligible for possible National Merit scholarships.
- Find out about college firsthand from friends who are home from college for the holidays.
- Continue to prepare for the ACT/SAT.
- Review your PSAT scores that you will receive in the spring.
- Plan to visit college campuses over Spring Break – schedule campus tours and interviews with admissions officers.
- If applicable, begin to prepare writing samples, portfolios, and other materials for the fall college application process.
- As you plan your senior schedule, be aware of and plan for the academic requirements at the colleges that most interest you.
- Consider taking an ACT/SAT workshop and/or working with a tutor, if necessary.
- Plan to take the SAT II Subject Tests when you have successfully completed the corresponding high school course (B+ average or better) if you are interested in a school that requires them.
- Attend the College Fair held annually in the spring.
- If you are considering military academies or ROTC scholarships, contact the Academic Resource Center and begin the process the summer before your senior year.
- Continue to explore your Naviance account @ http://connection.naviance.com/ecseagles.
- Now is a great time to look for a summer job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
- Visit prospective college campuses.
- Check application deadlines – many may have early dates, rolling admissions, or early housing opportunities.
- If you plan to take the ACT or SAT in the fall, register online now.
- If you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college and want to be eligible to be recruited by colleges, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.ncaa.org).
- By the end of the summer, you should have narrowed your prospective college list to 5-8 colleges. The list should include “safe” schools as well as “reach” and “realistic” schools.
- Update your resume – record accomplishments, sports and extracurricular activities, and work and community service experiences since you started high school.
- Mark a calendar with important application, financial aid, and scholarship due dates and deadlines for the senior year.
- Explore a passion – this could be a job, an internship, summer academic coursework, an outdoor adventure, athletic camp, or travel.
Senior Year Calendar
- Continue to narrow your list of prospective colleges.
- Pay close attention to the daily announcements, the ECS College Counseling page of the website, and Naviance. All of these will announce visits by college admissions representatives to ECS, evening programs in the Memphis area, application and scholarship deadlines, and other important information.
- Register to take the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests if needed. Remember that colleges will always take the highest score, regardless of how many times you take the test. Be sure to have your scores sent to the schools to which you apply.
- Continue to work on college application essays.
- Decide which faculty members you want to write your teacher recommendation(s).
- Update your resume.
- Create a master list or calendar that includes
o tests that you will take and their fees, dates, and registration deadlines
o college application due dates
o financial aid and scholarship application forms required and their deadlines
o other materials you will need (recommendations, transcripts, etc.)
o ECS’s application process deadlines
- Request your transcripts, as needed.
- If applying for Financial Aid or the Hope Scholarship, complete the FAFSA online and any other forms required by the college/university.
- Finish your applications. Keep copies of everything.
- Continue to complete scholarship application and Honors College applications, as required.
- Enjoy your senior year as you wait for responses from the colleges.
- Bring your letters of acceptance and awarded scholarships to the Academic Resource Center.
- Respond to college offers of admission and/or scholarships. Notify the college you are planning to attend as well as those to which you were accepted but will not attend.
- If you have been placed on the waiting list at a college that is a top choice for you, be sure to let the Academic Resource Center know, and communicate with the college to let them know that their institution is your first choice. Stay in contact with the college and the ECS Academic Resource Center.
- Take AP exams in May. The Academic Resource Center handles the registration and the administration of these tests.
- Take advantage of special visitation days for accepted students or consider making another visit to those colleges/universities where you have been accepted, if that would help in your decision process.
- The Academic Resource Center will send your final transcript to the college you plan to attend.
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