High school students should begin preparing for college as soon as their freshman year by focusing on academics and pursuing a healthy dose of extracurricular activities.
Many activities that should be taken up in freshman year revolve around deciding what the student is going to want out of life and will naturally play a part in all four years of high school and college preparation.
As sophomores, students should begin thinking more deeply about career aspirations, and juniors should turn their attention to completing academic requirements for college admission and what it takes to pay for college. Senior year is about deciding and applying to the student’s colleges of choice and confirming admission and funding.
Whether a student is in an online school, brick-and-mortar school, or a hybrid educational environment, the high school years can be a busy time. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by how to prepare for college and the many steps and considerations involved in the college search, application, and financing process.
To help you and your student stay on track, we’ve compiled a year-by-year checklist of college preparation for high school students.