A Helpful Guideline to Prepare for Post-Secondary Education


Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Get to know your school counselor
  • Be ambitious and take challenging classes
  • Take the PSAT
  • Don’t slack in the grade department
  • Freshman and sophomore grades form the foundation of your GPA, which factor into graduation, college admissions and scholarship awards

 Junior Year (Fall) 

  • Take the PSAT again for practice and possible scholarship opportunities
  • Narrow down your list of potential post-secondary schools and contact them via phone or the internet
  • Research admission requirements and application deadlines
  • Sign up for college visits
  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT

 Junior Year (Spring) 

  • Take the SAT and/or ACT exams
  • Write a resume
  • Begin your scholarship search by accessing the web
  • Begin collecting information such as writing samples, audition tapes, and volunteer hours, which may be required for admission or scholarships
  • Interested in an athletic scholarship? Review NCAA guidelines, and contact the athletic departments of your favorite schools
  • Select appropriate senior year courses to meet college requirements
  • Plan to visit as many colleges and universities during the summer as possible 

Senior Year (Fall)

  • Apply for college by October 31 of your senior year (you may want to consider applying to more than one college)
  • Try to arrange a college visit before you commit to attend
  • Apply for housing early if you plan to live on campus
  • Retake the SAT or ACT if needed
  • Determine how your college expenses will be paid
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Apply for the Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship (http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org) after December 1 of your senior year (suggested for students with an unweighted GPA of 2.7 or above)
  • Continue to meet with college representatives as they visit the school
  • Select teachers or a counselor to write your college and scholarship recommendations (try to provide them with at least ten days to two weeks notice before the deadline date)

Senior Year (Spring)

  • Apply for the FAFSA after January 1 or your senior year (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)
  • Wait for college admissions decisions
  • Continue to research scholarship opportunities
  • Register for AP or CLEP tests if applicable
  • Notify colleges immediately when you make a decision (even if you have decided not to attend)
  • Send final transcripts