Be engaged. Be doing.
Research and visit colleges.
Evaluate your personal 4-year plan.
Top grades & a challenging curriculum come 1st but isn’t enough by itself for select schools.
Make a personal 4-year Plan.
Engage in multiple interests. (find a passion).
Develop relationships with adults
Choose SAT v ACT. Take diagnostics.
Develop your theme/story.
Engage further in a couple of interests.
Find a mentor or mentorship program
See a sample plan here. Update your plan each semester / year. Pick activities you like, not what you think colleges want.
Register for SAT/ACT prep (if any) during the sophomore/junior summer. National Merit awards are based on 11th grade PSATs. Make Sophomore / Junior summer significant.
Complete standardized testing.
Request Letters of Recommendation.
Demonstrate excellence in interests.
Compile an initial college list.
Standardized tests include: SAT/ACT, SAT II's, TOFEL (if required). Letters of Rec are strong only if you know your teachers well. Get to know them.
Submit applications 2 weeks before they are due.
Choose your school among your acceptances!
That’s essays, activity and honor lists, ED and EA decisions, financial aid, finish scholarship applications… the list goes on.