College Prep Plan: Freshman Year

Your freshman year in high school is the most important year of your high school career. Focus on building a strong foundation for academic success by committing to positive study habits and using your time wisely. Follow the College Prep Plan below to stay on the right path.

Summer Prior to Freshman Year

  • Consider taking summer school classes to catch-up or even get ahead prior to high school
  • Start exploring your interests by getting involved in at least one extracurricular activity
  • Begin reading recreationally on a daily basis
  • Have a discussion with your parent(s) about going to and paying for college


Schedule a meeting with your college counselor as soon as possible. Prior to the meeting, become familiar with the following:

During the meeting with your counselor, discuss the following:

  • Creating your Four-Year Course Plan
  • Test preparation and registration for:
    • PSAT 9 if offered
    • SAT Subject Tests™
  • Gather information and resources for the following:
    • Researching careers, majors, and colleges
    • Understanding your financial aid options (especially Education Savings Accounts)
    • Searching for scholarships
    • Attending upcoming fairs, events, and information sessions related to colleges and financial aid
    • Visiting your local community college and other nearby colleges or universities
    • Options for getting involved in extracurricular activities

Work on the following tasks throughout the year:

  • Get involved in at least one extracurricular activity
  • Search for scholarships you can apply for now and over the next three years
  • Set aside a specific amount of time (at least monthly) to research careers, majors, and colleges
  • Create a 'brag file' and add various in-school and out-of-school awards, achievements, and other work
  • Attend as many college fairs, events, and information sessions you can
  • Visit your local community college


Schedule a meeting with your college counselor as soon as possible and discuss the following:

  • Picking sophomore year courses based off your Four-Year Course Plan
  • How to take advantage of the upcoming summer:
    • Summer school to get ahead or catch up
    • Enrichment programs, workshops, and camps that may interest you
    • Other summer options, focuses, and tasks


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