Planning for College for High School Freshmen

Freshman Students

  • Talk to a counselor who will recommend classes that help you build skills in English, math and critical thinking.
  • Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing the amount of reading you do.
  • Study hard and get good grades.
  • Browse college websites to get an idea of what high school courses are required for college admission.
  • Keep a portfolio of your academic achievements and your extracurricular activities.
  • Start thinking about what interests you.
  • Go to the career center at your high school to explore career possibilities.
  • Start saving money for college.

Parents of Freshman Students

  • Work with your son or daughter to develop a plan for going to college.
  • Discuss what types of institutions your child would like to attend.
  • Assist your child in researching college literature and websites to determine admission requirements.
  • Review your child's high school course schedule each term to ensure that they are enrolled in appropriate classes that will meet admission requirements.
  • Help your child start thinking about how his or her interests match certain careers. For instance, a student who is interested in becoming a doctor should take science classes.
  • Start researching the costs of college and saving money.