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College Planning for High School Sophomores

College Planning for High School Sophomores

September 04, 2008

While sophomore year isn’t the time to begin your full-blown college search, it’s the perfect time to get a jump start on the process. During this year, you can transform yourself into a more desirable applicant and assess what type of school suits your academic and career pursuits.

Following these simple tips will propel you down the path for college admissions success.


  • Look for leadership roles in clubs and activities.
  • Start thinking about college choice.
  • Make an appointment to talk with your guidance counselor.
  • Strengthen relationships with teachers, counselors and activity advisors. This will help you obtain recommendations for college later.
  • Become familiar with the standardized tests you need to take.
  • Attend college fairs and speak to on-campus college representatives.
  • Research summer programs for college prep.

  • Spring

    • Begin to discuss college costs with parents/guardians.
    • Meet with your school’s guidance counselor to discuss plans for summer and next fall.
    • Apply for summer jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.
    • Investigate your financial aid options. Register with to find money for college.

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