Selecting and applying for college is a huge step. There is so much to think about - programs of study, testing, financial aid. Fortunately, you're not on your own. When deciding on a college, you should start to think about potential careers. Start by exploring the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) to research potential careers, salaries, education/training needed, and their outlook for the future. Use the Senior Checklist as a guide. Also, check out a list of the Top 20 Companies that Offer Tuition Reimbursement! Questions? Stop by the counseling office.
College applications and some scholarships require you to send in letters of recommendation. These might be from teachers, your counselor, your employer, or other community members. Make sure you give careful thought to whom you ask for a letter of recommendation. You should select someone who knows you well and can write a compelling letter for you. Allow plenty of time for letters of recommendation to be written and sent. Click here for recommendation letter information and tips.
As a 9th and 10th grader, you will want to build your resume! You can build your resume by doing well in your classes, getting involved in school/community activities, volunteering and/or getting a job.
As an 11th grader, you will want to take the PSAT, a standardized test that prepares you for the SAT. Later, you will need to take the ACT and/or SAT.
Applying for college can be a confusing and involved process. Download a checklist here to help guide you through the process and keep the steps straight. If you are really confused, come down to the school counseling office and get help!