Freshman Year
_ Plan challenging high school courses for all four years
_ Make good grades in your classes (As and Bs)
_ Create a CFNC account (CFNC.org)
_ Explore personality and interests on CFNC.org and other internet sites
_ Set up your Naviance Account to explore careers and colleges
_ Become familiar with college entrance requirements
_ Join/continue extracurricular activities (consider clubs you will be a part of for all four years of high school)
_ Attend summer camp at a college to experience a college-like atmosphere
_ Research college costs
_ Meet with your college/career counselor at least once a year

Sophomore Year
_ Continue to take and plan challenging high school courses
_ Make good grades in your classes (As and Bs)
_ Meet with your college/career counselor at least once a year
_ Explore careers on CFNC.org
_ Think about what kind of education/training different careers require
_ Take the PLAN® (offered at PHS) and review results with your parents and school counselor
_ Take the PSAT(offered at PHS) and review results with your parents and school counselor
_ ACT and SAT prep – use free online study tools by CFNC and Triumph
_ Start collecting college information
_ Join/continue extracurricular activities
_ Talk to family and friends about their educational choices
_ Complete career assessments on Naviance

Junior Year
_ Continue to take and plan challenging courses (challenge yourself appropriately with AP and Honors courses)
_ Keep your grades up (As and Bs)
_ Meet with your college/career counselor at least once a year
_ Continue / Join an academic club or extracurricular activity
_ Take the PSAT (offered at PHS in the fall)
_ Talk with your parents and high school counselor about colleges that interest you
_ Research at least six or seven colleges that interest you
_ Visit colleges and talk with college students
_ Prepare a list of questions to ask on campus visits
_ List, compare, and visit colleges (see the PHS School Counseling website and College and Career Center website
for additional college info: http://schoolcounselingdepartment.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/ and
http://phscollegecareercenter.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/)
_ Start or update an academic resume on Naviance
_ Use Naviance to research and compare colleges
_ Volunteer for activities and clubs related to career interests
_ Maintain good relationships with teachers and counselor, they will be writing your recommendations!!!!
_ Register for the SAT and ACT (ACT is administered at PHS for free to all Juniors in the spring)
_ Get a part-time job, internship, or Explorer Post in a profession that interests you
_ Attend the National College Fair in the Spring
_ If you plan to participate in athletics in college, you will need to register through the NCAA Clearinghouse
and provide a transcript
_ Narrow down school choices to your top five
_ Continue to make college visits during the summer before your Senior year.
Senior Year
August – December
_ Sign up for and take the SAT / ACT
_ Plan a visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission
requirements
_ Update your resume on Naviance
_ Complete the Senior and Parent Questionnaire on Naviance and submit to your counselor
_ Consider taking courses at the local community college
_ Keep working hard all year and keep your grades up; second semester grades can affect admissions
and scholarship eligibility
_ Make a master calendar of ALL deadlines for applications and scholarships
_ Check Naviance on a regular basis for updates!
_ Meet with college admissions representatives who visit your school
_ Ask for references from teachers, school counselors, or employers early in the year or at least two weeks
before application deadlines
_ Attend an essay writing workshop (offered at PHA) and begin your college essay(s)
_ Apply for admission at the colleges you've chosen and confirm that the universities or colleges have received
all application materials
_ Find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college you have applied to
_ Start the financial aid application process in January at FAFSA.gov

January – May
_ If you need it, get help completing the FAFSA on National FAFSA day at local libraries (must have tax forms
to complete)
_ Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll
_ Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork
_ Decide which college to attend, and notify the school of your decision (usually no later than May 1st)
_ Notify schools you will not attend of your decision
_ Continue to look for scholarship opportunities
_ Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines
_ Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed
_ Compare financial aid packages from different schools
_ Sign and send in a promissory note if you are borrowing money
_ Notify your college about any outside scholarships you received


Adapted from ACTstudent.org and collegeboard.com

For additional information visit the PHS School Counseling Website:
http://schoolcounselingdepartment.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/
Or the College and Career Center Website:
http://phscollegecareercenter.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/