MAKE A COMMITMENT TO AN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY.
Decide what activity you really want to focus on, whether it’s one you’re currently involved in or you want to try something new. You want to show prospective colleges that you can make a commitment, manage your time and work in teams. Seek a leadership position within your club/organization, allowing colleges to see your ability to lead a group and stand out from your peers.
MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR.
Meet with you advisor, counselor or teachers to make sure you’re signed up for the classes you’ll need to graduate and get into college. Be sure to research the admission requirements of the schools you’re interested in, and talk to your advisor about taking classes that will prepare you for college. Don’t be afraid to ask your advisor about colleges that fit your needs and the application process. Here at SXU, our admission counselors are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our application process.
IDENTIFY YOUR TOP PRIORITIES
What matters to you? Knowing what you’re looking for in a college - location, size, available majors, athletics, etc. – will help keep you focused during your search.
GET A FEEL FOR CAMPUS LIFE.
Visit nearby colleges. Register for visit days, open-houses or tours. Also, most on-campus events, such as concerts, athletic events and exhibits, are open to the public. Take notes during your visit
Make a list of what you like best about each college you visit so you can make comparisons when you get home.
APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS.
Make a list of the things you will base your scholarship search on. Write down your academic strengths, talents, work and volunteer experience and anything else unique about yourself. This list will help you with you scholarship search as well as with writing any scholarship essays.
START PREPARING FOR THE ACT.
The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum-and standards-based. Getting to know what the tests are like is a good way to prepare. You’ll find free practice questions on the ACT website.
GET READY TO COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA.
Before completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’ll first need to create your PIN. Your PIN allows you to electronically apply for federal student aid and to access your Federal Student Aid records. Colleges have deadlines by which you need to apply to be considered for the most financial aid. Applying for financial aid early will help you get as much aid as possible.