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Meet with your school's counselor. Be sure your academic program is challenging and will make you a competitive, well-prepared candidate. Take rigorous courses in which you can grow and excel.
Take the PSAT/NMSQT to prepare for the SAT and be eligible for the National Merit Schlarship competition (scores from your sophomore year will not count in the competition).
Search for scholarships. Always speak with college representatives when they are at your school to get more information. Be sure to ask questions about financial aid, as well as the academic program, student life, etc.
Focus on your academics and do well on final exams. Your junior year grades are important.
Keep up the good work in your classes. Use free time to do extra reading. Hard work will pay off! Register to take the SAT.
Consider college prep summer programs offered by many colleges such as Math/Science programs.
Build your confidence for the SAT. Practice tests provide familiarity, but Math and English coursework is the most fundamental preparation.
Plan visits to college during your spring break so you'll be on campus when classes are in session. Be sure to call the admissions office before you visit a campus. The admissions staff will schedule you a campus tour. Many colleges have special programs for visiting high school students.
Start early to plan a productive summer. If you plan to work, look for a job or internship that will let you learn. Ask your counselor for information, but use other resources too.
Remember, if you work over the summer, put aside some of the money for college.
Sign up for the May/June SAT.
Continue to evaluate colleges and begin to eliminate some choices from your list.
Plan challenging courses for next year. Don't discontinue math, science or other basics.
Make wise use of your summer.
Write for private scholarship applications. Polish your resume and, if the schools or scholarship you are interested in require them, begin to assemble writing samples, portfolios, or audition tapes. Now is also a great time to begin work on college application essays. if you are interested in an athletic scholarship, contact the coaches at the colleges to which you plan to apply.
Try to visit colleges to find out what you like. Sign up for tours and information sessions.
Ask questions. Get the facts now so the application process will go smoothly in the fall.
Compile a good summer reading list to keep your mind in gear. You'll increase general knowledge and build a strong vocabulary.