|Now that you're in 9th grade, it's
time to get serious about your college plans. By starting
early, you'll be better prepared.
Explore Programs and Majors
|Don't neglect your study
Keep up the good work, and continue to improve your study
Successful Study Techniques
|If you don't have one, sign up for
a college savings account.
If you have an existing account, be sure to add to your savings
College Savings Calculator
|Talk to your guidance counselors,
teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for
If you're not sure if college is the best option for you, talk to
|Use Your Plan of Study to
keep track of your courses and grades.
Invite your counselor to view Your Plan of Study
Your Plan of Study
|Find out about college entrance
requirements for the schools you're interested in.
College Matching Assistant
|Create a file of the following
documents and notes:
report cards, lists of awards and honors, school and community
activities, and volunteer work.
|Start thinking about the colleges
you want to attend.
(Hint: Use our Explore Schools section to help look for
|Find out about AP and other
|Continue to get involved in campus
and community activities.
|If you didn't take it last year,
take the ACT Aspire test to evaluate your skills in English, math,
reading and science reasoning.
It's good practice and your scores won't count towards your
|ACT Aspire Website
Getting Ready for College
|How are you spending your
Volunteering and educational programs can help give you a better
idea about what kind of training or career would be right for
|College life can be a big change -
you're on your own!
Try taking some small steps towards independence this year,
perhaps with more responsibility around your house.