College Planning Timeline for High School Freshmen

College planning is important to the overall success of a student’s college selection and admissions process. Too many students do not realize that their freshman year grades are important to their four year GPA. Colleges want to know what individual students can bring to their school. The experiences that students pursue in their four years of high school can help to clarify what is important to a student in terms of academics, school involvement and activities that interest students outside of school. The next few College Direction blogs will specify what is most important for each year of high school.

Freshman Year

Make sure you put together a four year academic schedule

Choose classes that are challenging, but not overly rigorous

Work hard to make the best grades possible

Join a few activities/sports at your school that look interesting

Consider pursuing some community service or volunteer projects

Apply for scholarships

Make reading a priority


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