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Freshman

  • Set academic goals.
  • Participate in extra curricular activities in school or the community. Seek leadership roles when available.
  • Volunteer in community programs (ex: hospital, church, community center, nursing homes, 4-H programs, etc) KEEP TRACK on Indiana Career Explorer (under Portfolio® Resume).
  • Visit college campuses for games, contests, or family drive through to get an idea of its location, campus layout. Visit someone you know in college: cousin, neighbor, or friend.
  • Take the career assessment on Indiana Career Explorer. Gather info on careers that interest you.
  • Practice SAT questions. (See page under SAT/ACT information.)

Sophomore

  • Continue visiting college campuses on weekends or through school trips.
  • Take the PSAT. This is the state’s school wide program at no cost to you.
  • Stay involved in school clubs, sports, or band. Keep participating in community volunteer programs (ex: hospital, church, community center, etc.) KEEP TRACK of these experiences on Indiana Career Explorer.
  • Retake career assessment on Indiana Career Explorer. Note changes and similarities in your interests that point to different careers. Its okay.
  • Practice SAT questions. (See page under SAT/ACT information.)

Junior

  • Visit two colleges each semester. Contact the college (via phone or online) to schedule an appointment. Fill out paperwork with high school attendance. During the visit you will listen to a presentation, take a walking tour of the campus, possibly meet with students or professor from a department if you have an idea of your major.
  • Take the SAT.
  • Continue participating in sports, clubs, or band. Leadership roles should begin to open up. Note awards or recognition received for participation. KEEP TRACK on Indiana Career Explorer.
  • Retake career assessment quiz on Indiana Career Explorer. Consider these as potential careers.
  • Another web-based tool is Overgrad.com to track course work and match with post-secondary schools and careers.
  • Consider working part-time job in your area of interest or volunteerism. Students with jobs in high school have better success at getting a job after graduating college.
  • Develop a resume.

Senior

  • Continue participating in community and school activities.
  • Visit colleges, two per semester. Contact the college (via phone or online) to schedule an appointment. Fill out paperwork with attendance office. During the visit you will listen to a presentation, take a walking tour of the campus, possibly meet with students or professor from a department if you have an idea of your major.
  • Retake the SAT if scores are below 500 (each).
  • Create a resume Indiana Career Explorer. Sign up for Parchment account through TCSC website - this is how you will request your high school transcript be sent to colleges.
  • Complete the Senior Profile and return to Guidance as soon as possible.
  • Decide which teachers and other people you would like to write letters of recommendation for you.
  • Begin applying to colleges online. For the best opportunity at being accepted and receiving financial aid, apply before November 1st.
  • Complete the FAFSA application in February to qualify for scholarships, grants, or low-interest loans.
  • Fill out scholarship applications during second (spring) semester.
  • March or April look for the Student Aid Report (SAR) and submit to your university’s financial aid office.
  • In May or June send final transcript to the college selected.
  • Note deadlines for tuition and payment of room and board. Apply for student loans.
  • Attend your college’s freshman orientation!
Documents

College Planning Guide