Challenge yourself academically. Slightly lower grades in challenging courses are better than higher grades in easy courses.
Choose electives carefully, ensuring that they do not replace the college-preparatory courses you need.
Explore career possibilities in the CFNC.org Career Center
Start thinking about which colleges suit your career interests
Create a file to keep - report cards, record of honors and awards, list of extracurricular activities, clubs or sports involvement, volunteer work, community service, and paid employment
Sign up for the PSAT in mid to late September in the cafeteria or counseling office
Continue to explore career interests and information
Continue saving for college
Participate in academic enrichment programs
Consider summer programs such as NC Governor’s School and Summer Ventures in Math and Science (must apply through the counseling office in the fall of sophomore or junior year)
In the spring, if you are interested in attending a selective college, register for AP, honors, and advanced courses for 11th grade, if available.
Keep meeting with your counselor at least once a year
Continue to take and plan challenging course Create a free My CFNC account at CFNC.org, if you have not already.
Keep your grades up
Join a club
Register for a college admission test. There are two types of college admissions tests, the ACT or the SAT. You should be academically ready to take it by spring. Also take it early in your senior year.
Talk with your parents and high school counselor about colleges that interest you
Prepare a list of questions to ask on campus visits. Juniors are allowed two college days that does not count against their attendance. Forms are available in the counseling office.
Continue to visit colleges and talk with college students
Start or update a resume
Consider putting together a portfolio that highlights your special skills and talents
Volunteer for activities and clubs related to career interests
Get a part-time job, apprenticeship, or internship; or job shadow in a profession that interestsyou
Sign up for the ACT or SAT (if you did not take it as a junior, or if you are not satisfied with your score, or if you have learned a lot since you first took it.)
August – December
Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements. Review your transcript and make sure everything is correct and that you have all of the necessary credits to graduate
Consider taking courses at a local university or community college
Keep working hard all year; second semester grades can affect scholarship eligibility
Ask for personal references from teachers, school counselors, or employers early in the year or at least two weeks before application deadlines. Follow your our procedure for requesting recommendations. Request for Letter of Recommendation Form
Visit with admissions counselors who come to your high school
Attend a college fair at the Asheville Mall. Meet admissions representatives from 130 institutions including military, community college, private, and public institutions.
Begin your college essay(s)
Apply for admission
Begin work on your resume
Avoid common college application mistakes
Find out if you qualify for scholarships at each college you have applied to
Start the financial aid application process
See your school counselor for help finding financial aid and scholarships. Email your school counselor about receiving regular scholarship email updates.
January – May
Complete the FAFSA
Ask your guidance office in January to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. In May, they will need to send final transcripts to the college you will attend.
Visit the Buncombe County Schools Foundation website, www.bcsf.net. Scholarships will be posted online by the first week of February, 2014. Decide which BCSF Scholarships you are eligible.
Mark your calendar – note the deadline for applying for the BCSF Scholarships.
Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll
Decide which college to attend, and notify the school of your decision
Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork
Notify schools you will not attend of your decision
Continue to look for scholarship opportunities
Keep track of important financial aid and scholarship deadlines
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