Think seriously about colleges you would like to attend.
E-mail to them and/or visit Student Services to learn about specific
academic requirements for admission. Then plan your high school
coursework accordingly. It is very wise to develop a four-year plan
that shows all of the courses you would like to take during high
school. A thoughtful plan ensures that you will not be "caught short"
at the end of your senior year.
Your freshman year is a good time to begin to get involved in some
school and club activities. Since you may not be with your very closest
middle and elementary school friends, this is an excellent opportunity
to meet new people and develop new interests which may last a lifetime.
Choose activities you like best and work to be a good member of the
team or club. Be careful, however, not to get involved with too much
too fast. You may spread yourself too thin. At this time, begin to
develop a high school activity sheet/resume to record your high school
activities. In the spring, you should select rigorous courses that meet
both graduation requirements and college admission requirements. Look
for summer enrichment opportunities.
CFNC: Student Planner Timeline
- High school planning timeline created by CFNC to help ninth grade students plan for college
ACT College Planning Checklist
- College planning checklist created by ACT, Inc.
Bigfuture by The College Board
- Resources to help ninth grade students create a college plan
College Preparation Opportunities through CFNC
- Enrichment opportunities based on interest areas