The High School Freshmen
Although applying to college may seem far off, we encourage you to begin thinking about the process early in your freshman year. In the application review, colleges consider your achievement in each of your four years of high school, so we encourage you to consider the following suggestions to make you a strong college applicant.
- Enroll in the most competitive course program offered at your high school in all five academic subjects—English, science, math, social science and foreign language—and earn the best grades possible. Your academic record is the foundation of your college application, and the stronger the program and grades, the more options that will be available to you.
- If you have a talent for science, math, the arts or athletics, or if you are interested in volunteer work, you should pursue these interests. Colleges are looking for students with interests and involvement outside of the classroom.
- Pursue at least one extracurricular activity. If you have not done so, begin to develop interests outside your coursework.
- Refine your abilities in writing, research, and basic computer knowledge. These skills will help you in high school and will be essential to your success in college.
- Develop a resume file that includes grade reports and certificates, as well as a list of your awards and honors, your participation in school and community activities and the offices you have held. Update your resume file every semester.