College Planning

There are many things one can do while they are still in high school to start preparing and planning for college.  There are grade level specific things each student should be doing/thinking about while in high school, which are listed below:

Freshman year:  

  • Start having conversations about your future:  Talk to your counselor, teachers, and other trusted adults about your plans for high school and beyond.
  • Get on Major Clarity (and CFNC) and create an account to start building your career profile.
  • Work on organizational skills
  • Broaden your horizons:  Try something new.  Volunteer.  Get a job.  Join clubs and organizations.  Start keeping up with all of your activities now.
  • Look for summer opportunities

More information for Freshmen year here.

Sophomore Year:

  • Meet with your guidance counselor/career development coordinator
  • Know your Major Clarity and CFNC login and continue to update your career profile
  • Work on organizational skills
  • Continue to broaden your horizons
  • Prepare for your AP exams

More information for Sophomore year here.

Junior Year:  

  • Meet with your guidance counselor/career development coordinator
  • Know your Major Clarity and CFNC login and continue to update and build your career profile.
  • Research after high school options
  • Athletes register for the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Build your resume
  • Prepare for the ACT
  • Prepare for your AP exams

More information for Junior Year here.

Senior Year:

  • Make an appointment with your guidance counselor:  Make sure that you have all of your current information in CFNC and Major Clarity.
  • Start your senior year by finalizing your college list, talking with a recruiter, or preparing for job interviews.
  • Consider options for early action/decision and your recommendation letters.
  • Athletes register for the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Update your resume, community service hours, volunteer work, and awards
  • Register for required tests:  SAT, ACT, or SAT subject tests
  • Fill out and complete your college applications before the deadline arrives
  • Start working on your college application essay.  It’s a crucial part of your application
  • Explore your prospective schools’ financial aid requirements to plan your college budget.
  • Send your final transcripts to your college
  • Prepare for your AP exams

More information for your Senior year here.

 

Helpful links: College Navigator

Information about Scholarships can be found here.