How To Plan For College

Once you are in high school, the concept of going to college not only looms nearer, it becomes much more clear as compared to when you were NOT in high school. This is the time (when you are in high school, that is) when you need to really sit down and begin planning about college.. If the process sounds difficult and dry, it is far from it.

However, it is, indeed, a very serious process, as most of your later life will indeed depend upon the college you went to and the sort performance you did there. So, naturally, planning for college is a very important step. This article aims to provide you with guidelines about the planning process. Read on for more.

  • What you need to do when you are in ninth grade. So you think ninth grade is too early to begin planning and preparing for college? Not really. Rather, it is probably the best time to begin the process. When you are in ninth grade, try to earn the credits you will require for college, and also participate in extra-curricular activities. You should also begin choosing your career options.
  • What you need to do when you are in tenth grade. When you are in the tenth grade, you should take the PLAN (pre-ACT) and/or the PSAT (pre-SAT). These will act as practice for the actual ACT and/or SAT. Try to begin applying for positions in class offices and organization offices. This will help to promote the fact that you have good leadership qualities. You should also begin searching for colleges when in tenth grade.
  • What to do when you are in eleventh grade. When you are in the eleventh grade, do a strength and weakness analysis. You should also appear for the SAT and/or ACT (depending on whether the colleges of your choice require the score of both). You should begin taking Advanced Placement classes as well.
  • What to do when you are in twelfth grade. By far, the most important time. Visit college campuses. Try to get to know people there. At this time, you should also begin taking LORs (Letters of Recommendation) from your teachers. LORs are an integral part of the college admission process and along with you SAT and/or ACT scores, they will have a major impact on the impression the authorities form about you.If you are not happy with your SAT and/or ACT scores, simply re-take the exams. Another important thing to remember is to apply to more than one college, as you never know which ones will accept your application. If needed, this is the right time to apply for financial aid as well.

Planning for and getting into the college of your dreams is not a difficult task. However, it is one which requires not only a lot of attention to the minutest detail, but also a channelized process of proceeding. Be careful not to miss any deadlines, and submit all the required documents on time everywhere and you should do fine.


I am Deepanjan Datta doing electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur, India. I love to write, and develop software programs.