freshman checklist

High School Freshman College Checklist

You have a few years to go before going to college but you can still get college-ready. Review this high school freshmen college checklist to track your progress.

  1. Talk to your school counselor about your college aspirations so they can align your schedule with your goals.
  2. Sit down with your parents or guardian and estimate your financial aid using FAFSA4caster.ed.gov. Bear in mind, the government also has many grants, loans, and other programs to help.
  3. Enroll in extracurricular activities in high school. This will assist your college applications in the future. Also, over the summer consider volunteering for a good cause. Volunteering gives you experience and a sense of accomplishment when helping others. Volunteer work shows a college that they will gain a student who cares about their community.
  4. Attend college fairs in your area. Even though you are a Freshman, you can still go. If you have a local community college, check to see if they host a college fair. These fairs are fun, you can ask questions, and you can usually walk away with a lot of swag from colleges. Enjoy!
  5. Learn about careers and their occupational outlook. Research what career you may be interested in — this will help you when selecting a major and a college. Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook for your research.
  6. Start looking at colleges and universities now. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation created a useful resource to quickly lookup facts about any college on the College Completion website.
  7. Continue doing your best in school! Your grades affect your overall GPA, and colleges look at that.

If you have not done so yet, take our free career test.