RECOMMENDED NEXT STEPS
1. Register Regular Late Registration
for ACT Test Date Deadline Date (Add additional fee)
Apr 14, 2018 Mar 9, 2018 Mar 23, 2018
www.act.org Jun 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018
Sep 8, 2018 Aug 3, 2018 Aug 17, 2018
Oct 27, 2018 Sept 21, 2018 Oct 5, 2018
Dec 8, 2018 Nov 2, 2018 Nov 16, 2018
Regular Late Registration
And/or Register Test Date Deadline Date Deadline Date
for SAT Mar10, 2018 Feb 9, 2018 Feb 28, 2018
May5, 2018 April 6, 2018 Apr 25, 2018
Jun 2, 2016 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018
Aug 25, 2018 July 25, 2018 Aug 13, 2018
Oct 6, 2018 Sept 6, 2018 Sept 24, 2018
(sat.org/register) Nov 3, 2018 Oct 3, 2018 Oct 21, 2018
2. Utilize PSAT online resources: studentscores.collegeboard.com. (Use the access code from your PSAT score report.)
3. Visit schools whenever you get the chance.
4. Make sure you are on the schools’ mailing lists and/or email lists.
5. Check out the following websites: (www.succeed.naviance.com/bchs)
- Colleges That Change Lives (Information on schools with great learning environments, highly engaged students & faculty, successful graduation rates, etc.) - www.ctcl.org
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (Western colleges with reduced tuition for CA residents) – www.wiche.edu/wue/students
- College rankings – www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/CollegeRankings; www.forbes.com/top-colleges
- Choosing a major – www.mymajors.com (also try www.princetonreview.com/Majors.aspx)
- College majors information – www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers; www.udel.edu/CSC/mrk.html
- Career information – www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
- Career search – www.cacareerzone.org ; www.actstudent.org/career
- Campus safety – www.princetonreview.com/campus-safety.aspx; ope.ed.gov/security
- College Athletics – www.finaid.org/otheraid/sports.phtml; www.ncaa.org; www.playnaia.org
- Scholarship search – www.fastweb.com; www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college; www.schoolsoup.com;
- Financial aid information – studentaid.ed.gov; www.finaid.org
- Universities of California information – www.universityofcalifornia.edu
- California State University information – www.calstate.edu
- SAT Test Preparation/Practice Tests – www.khanacademy.org; sat.collegeboard.org/practice; www.number2.com
- SAT Subject Test(s) required/recommended – www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx; admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/examination-requirement/SAT-subject-tests
- ACT Test Preparation/Practice Tests – www.actstudent.org/testprep; www.number2.com
- List of colleges requiring the ACT Writing test – www.actstudent.org/writing
6. Search and apply for scholarships
- Most scholarship money will come from the colleges you apply to. Check colleges’ websites, catalogs, mailings, and/or admissions offices to find out about any scholarships you may qualify for.
- To find other scholarships, check the following:
- Internet (e.g. www.scholarships.com, www.finaid.org/otheraid/majors.phtml, www.sdfoundation.org/students, www.collegeanswer.com) - These searches allow you to enter information about yourself so you are shown only those scholarships for which you qualify.
- Employers, clubs, associations, or other organizations (for you, your parents, and even your grandparents). You might want to check with other organizations in your area even though you have no connection with them.
- Scholarship books (in the Counseling Office, bookstores, libraries, etc.)
- Junior and Senior Stuff - I will assist in this process by regularly notifying you of scholarship opportunities that are sent to the Counseling Office.
It is recommended that you focus your time and energy on scholarships that are more specific to you (e.g. your ethnic background, intended major, county/city of residence, etc.). In other words, apply for a scholarship for San Diego County seniors before you apply for one for U.S. citizens with a 2.0 GPA.
Scholarship Tips (from www.collegeanswer.com)
There is no magic formula for applying for and receiving a scholarship. But these tips can start you on the right foot.
- Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all pertinent documents, and save a copy of everything you submit.
- Be honest. Don't exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. It is better to focus on the scholarships for which you might be eligible.
- Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay; others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what is requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.