High school seniors are busy applying to colleges and getting ready to file their financial aid forms, but even if you’re not a senior, you should start or continue planning for college.
ACT offers the following college planning checklist as a guide for high school students.
• Take challenging courses in English, social studies, math and science.
• Think about careers and investigate possibilities with ACT's DISCOVER® or the Interest Inventory portion of EXPLORE®, PLAN® and the ACT®.
• Participate in extracurricular activities.
• Visit with your counselor and talk about your plans.
• Think about reasons for attending college.
• Find out about the differences in the types of institutions you can attend after high school.
• Become familiar with college entrance requirements.
• Research college costs.
• Find out what kind of education/training is needed for different careers.
• Start collecting college information.
• Visit colleges and start comparing them.
• Register for the ACT and visit actstudent.org to find out all about the test, how to prepare, what you need on test day, etc.
• Talk with your counselor and parents about colleges that interest you.
• Visit colleges and compare them.
• Investigate scholarship opportunities.
• Get a part-time job or internship in a profession that interests you.