|Keep those grades
Stay focused on your schoolwork and actively involved in high
|Apply for Oklahoma's
Promise! If you didn't apply in eighth or ninth
grade, visit OKpromise.org to sign up for this scholarship program.
|Sign up for a college savings
account at Oklahoma's 529 college saving plan (OK4Saving.org). If you have an existing account, remember to
continue to add money.
Talk to your parents about financial aid options. It's never too
early to start planning how you're going to pay for college.
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|Keep working on your Individual
Career Academic Plan. ICAP activities will help you explore your
skills, interests and values as you make plans for life after high
|Continue your conversations with
your guidance counselors, teachers, family members or trusted
adults about your plans for college.
|Find out about AP and other
honors-level courses for junior year.
|Update your college planning file
- or start one, if you haven't already.
|Know what you need. Review what
courses you'll need to take to satisfy the requirements of the
school you're interested in attending.
Your Plan of Study
|Be active. Continue
extracurricular activities. Remember, many admissions
officers look for well-rounded students who participate in the
world around them.
Your Portfolio - High School Planning
|If you have room in your schedule,
consider a part-time job or volunteer position.
|Stay motivated. Look into
participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops and
camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and sciences.
|Take the PreACT.
This is a valuable test to help you prepare for the ACT. The
Oklahoma State Regents pays for every sophomore in Oklahoma to take
it. Ask your counselor for more information.
|If you plan to take the SAT, take
the PSAT in October.
The scores will not count for National Merit Scholar consideration
this year, but it is good practice for taking the PSAT in your
junior year (when the scores will count).
|It's not too early to start
studying for standardized tests like the ACT and
A great place to start is with the Test Prep section.
|Investigate your options for
participating in concurrent enrollment next year.
This allows juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses if
they meet certain requirements.
|Make a list of reasons why you
like different colleges and universities - programs, location, cost
and so on.
Visit college campuses and "tour" colleges in the Explore Schools
College Matching Assistant
|Start thinking about what factors
are important to you in choosing a college:
size, location, availability of extracurricular activities, for
College Matching Assistant
Expanding your vocabulary and learning new things will help with
many things over the next few years.
|Track it. Continue adding to your
document file or resume:
report cards, lists of awards and honors, school and community
activities, and volunteer work.