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Think of your college years as the gateway to the rest of your life. To get there, some important milestones should be met during your sophomore and junior years of high school. Take a look at these checklists - if you have any questions, contact a La Sierra Enrollment counselor at info@lasierra.edu, or phone 951.785.2000 We are here to help!

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Checklist for High School Seniors

Sophomore year is about studying hard and doing well in school. Your grade point average, as well as your extra curricular and volunteer activities, count for a lot on your college application.

Fall

  • Create a college calendar to keep track of dates and deadlines
  • Take the PSAT (pre-SAT) and / or PLAN (pre-ACT) tests.
  • Get Involved in extra-curricular activities, including school organizations and clubs.

Spring

  • Get to know your high school counselor; let him or her know your educational and career goals.
  • Be sure you're prepared for any AP tests you may have in May.
  • Construct a strong junior year class schedule. Check with your counselor to make sure you're taking appropriately challenging junior year classes, possibly including AP or Honors classes.
  • Volunteer in your community.

Winter

  • Start looking at college websites
  • Attend college fairs in your area
  • Attend events on college campuses in your area: concerts, athletic team games

Summer

  • Job shadow someone who has a job that sounds exciting to you.
  • Enroll in SAT or ACT prep over the summer while you have free time.
  • Visit college campuses to see which types of school appeal to you.

Checklist for High School Juniors

Junior year is about building a strong academic record - keep up the good work or gain ground if our GPA needs improvement. And don't forget those activities outside the classroom. Pick a few that interest you and get involved!

Fall

  • Create a college calendar to keep track of dates and deadlines.
  • Take the PSAT in October - this one is to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition.
  • Take a deeper look at colleges on the Internet: by regions, sizes, and academic specialties.
  • Research college costs and tuition.
  • Run for leadership positions in organizations and clubs you are involved in.
  • Take solid elective courses (extra math, science, foreign language, social sciences, etc.).

Winter

  • Continue your involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • Continue to volunteer in your community.
  • Attend an SAT/ACT preparation workshop. (If you can't, purchase practice books and software to help you prepare.)
  • Ask your counselor to suggest colleges you may not have considered.
  • Narrow your college list to 10 to 20 schools that interest you.
  • Create an organization system for all your college materials.

Spring

  • Take the SAT or ACT.
  • Beat the letter of recommendation rush; ask your teachers before everyone else does.
  • Visit prospective college campuses over spring break. Take the campus tour, visit with advisers or faculty, attend a class.
  • Attend La Sierra's "University Experience" or arrange a campus tour.
  • Be sure you're prepared for your AP tests in May.
  • Construct a strong senior year class schedule. Check with your counselor to make sure you're taking appropriately challenging senior year classes, possibly including AP or Honors classes.
  • Plan a fun and productive summer: find a summer job or internship or volunteer position that interests you.

Summer

  • Begin working on your college application essay.
  • If you need to take the SAT or ACT tests again, be sure to prep during the the summer while you have free time.
  • Schedule college visits for the fall.