STEPS TO COLLEGE ENTRANCE AND SCHOLARSHIPS

FRESHMAN LEVEL:
1. Take college prep classes.
2. Develop good study habits.
3. Learn to be a good test taker.
4. Begin participation in school and community activities.
5. Begin activity record.
6. Take SDCAP (Career Aptitude Survey).

SOPHOMORE LEVEL:
1. Continue #1 – 5 listed on freshman level.
2. Take PLAN (Practice – ACT).
3. Become aware of the different types of colleges and universities.
4. Begin to think about career choices as related to college.

JUNIOR LEVEL:
1. Continue to take full academic program.
2. Work toward the highest academic achievement possible.
3. Check South Dakota admission requirements.
4. Assume leadership roles in activities.
5. Meet with college representatives on Post High Planning Day.
6. Take NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in October.
7. Narrow down possible college choices.
8. Begin to investigate scholarships (information available in the Guidance Office).
9. Take ASVAB, SAT or ACT Test in April or June.
10. If possible, visit college campuses during the summer.

SENIOR LEVEL:
1. Continue highest academic achievement.
2. Continue to be active in school and community.
3. Meet with college representatives at Post High Planning Day.
4. Make a final decision on choices of college (selection of alternative college is important).
5. October through December – take all necessary college entrance tests. (SAT or ACT).
6. Know dates for filing college applications and meet deadlines
7. Apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible and meet deadlines. Applications must be clean and neat.
8. Prepare for AP exams in May.
9. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
10. Attend Financial Aid Information Night in January.