|Now that you're in 9th grade, it's time to get serious about your post-secondary plans. |
By starting early, you'll be better prepared.
|Explore Programs and Majors |
|Don't neglect your study habits! |
Keep up the good work, and continue to improve your study skills.
| Successful Study Techniques |
|If you don't have one, sign up for a college savings account. |
If you have an existing account, be sure to add to your savings regularly.
|College Savings Calculator |
|Talk to your guidance counselors, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college. |
If you're not sure if college is the best option for you, talk to your counselor.
|Use Your Plan of Study to keep track of your courses and grades. |
Invite your counselor to view Your Plan of Study
|Your Plan of Study |
Find out about college entrance requirements for the schools you're interested in.
|College Matching Assistant |
|Create a file of the following documents and notes: |
report cards, lists of awards and honors, school and community activities, and volunteer work.
|Start thinking about the colleges you want to attend. |
(Hint: Use our Explore Schools section to help look for schools.)
|Explore Schools |
Find out about AP and other honors-level courses.
Continue to get involved in campus and community activities.
|If you didn't take it last year, take the ACT EXPLORE test to evaluate your skills in English, math, reading and science reasoning. |
It's good practice and your scores won't count towards your college application.
|ACT Explore Website Getting Ready For College|
|How are you spending your summer? |
Volunteering and educational programs can help give you a better idea about what kind of training or career would be right for you.
|Explore Schools |
|College life can be a big change — you're on your own! |
Try taking some small steps towards independence this year, perhaps with more responsibility around your house.