Many colleges and universities will require
much of the same information from you to obtain admittance. Most colleges
will send you a catalog, an application , and guidelines for admission.
Below is a list of items that are standard with colleges and universities
in the nation:
high school diploma
exam scores (SAT or ACT)
high school transcript
Essays and Resumes
An essay is a short literary composition on a single subject, usually
presenting the personal view of the author. A resume is a summary
of one's work experience and qualifications. Keep these simple
definitions in mind when you begin.
Your Essay - Parts
of an essay: Title, Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Begin by collecting
your thoughts. Write them down randomly. Order is not important at
this stage. Write your first draft. Make sure there is a logical order
to your paper and stay focused. For assistance, go to the library
and find books on how to write an essay. Edit your first draft and
type it. After you are comfortable with your draft, make corrections
and retype. Be sure to use the correct format for essays. If you quote
a passage, note it. Do not turn in an essay with spelling and
grammatical errors. When your have finished your essay proof it and
spell check it.
Your Resume - Parts
of a resume: Heading (Name, Address, Phone#), Objective (optional),
Education (usually the last item, but acceptable for students with
limited work experience) Experience (jobs), Volunteer Work (may be
included in Experience), Awards, Memberships and Extracurricular activities
(optional).] Begin by writing down your job history. Gather information
regarding job title, duties/responsibilities for each job, and start/end
dates for each job. Record all awards, extracurricular activities,
and volunteer work. Collect information regarding award and participation
dates. Gather information regarding your educational history and graduation
or tentative graduation date. Organize all your information in chronological
order, most recent first. Construct your resume in the order of parts
of a resume. You can find books on how to write a resume at your library.
Type your resume and proof it.
- (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) The PSAT (formally known
as the PSAT/NMSQT or Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is often taken in October by sophomores
and juniors in high school. This test is used to determine National
Merit Scholars. See your high school counselor for more information.
- (Scholastic Aptitude Test) The SAT is one of two standardized tests
used by colleges and universities as part of their admissions criteria.
A perfect score on the SAT I is still 1600 (800 each on the math and
verbal sections). The SAT is offered a number of times each year.
See your high school counselor for information on test dates, locations
and practice test. ACT (American College Test)
Another standardized test used by colleges and universities
as part of their admissions criteria. The test is designed to measure
achievements in English, math, reading and science. Scores for each
section are averaged to create a composite score. A perfect score
on the ACT is 36. The ACT is offered nation-wide five times each year
in October, December, February, April, and June. See your high school
counselor for information on test dates, locations and practice test.
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
CLEP - allows
you to earn college credit. Many colleges and universities now award
credit for satisfactory scores on one or more of the 34 CLEP exams.
See your high school counselor for information about this test. You
will also need to check with the college you plan on attending to
see if they accept CLEP for college credit.
AP EXAM - (Advanced
Placement Program Examination) This program test high school students
for ability to do college level work. Many colleges will give credit
or advance placements for the advanced placement class you take in
high school. See your high school counselors for more information.
Also, check with the college you plan to attend to see if they offer
credit of advanced placement classes.
High School Time Table
Year - Take the PSAT. Explore volunteer
opportunities and get involved with extracurricular activities. Keep
your grades up.
Year - Take or retake the PSAT. Grades
are very important, so do every thing to maintain or increase your
grade point average. Collect information on Scholarships, Grants,
Work Study Programs and Financial Aid. Speak with your counselor regarding
potential athletic scholarships, if applicable. Gather information
on Colleges and Universities (catalogs and brochures). Attend college
fairs and explore volunteer opportunities. Prepare for and/or take
SAT and/or ACT. Make a list of colleges to visit. Get involved with
extracurricular activities that pertain to future career plans.
Time Seniors - Get a summer job.
Explore volunteer opportunities. Write to Colleges and Universities
for catalogs and applications. Visit Colleges and Universities, go
on tours and interviews. Attend summer college programs. Prepare your
Year - Continue to keep up your grade
point average. Continue with college visits and interviews. Take SAT
and/or ACT. Prepare your college applications, draft essays, and gather
information for portfolios. Get letters of recommendation from teachers,
coaches, counselors, employers, etc. Fill out financial aid applications.
Find out what is required by the state and school you plan to attend.
Prepare your income taxes along with your parents' ,you will need
the results for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Make a decision on the college you will attend and visit the college.
with professors, teachers, and current students. See if it is possible
for you to sit in on classes, lectures, etc. Apply for admission.
Complete applications for scholarships, grants, and loans. Volunteer.
Take the Advance Placement Examination (contact your guidance counselors
for dates and locations). Work on an estimated budget for college
(food, clothing, and entertainment).
Summer Time College Freshmen Get a summer job. Review information
regarding room and board along with fees. Set up budget for food,
and clothing. Note payment deadlines. Look out for information regarding
housing, registration, orientation, rules and regulations.