Table of Contents Part I – The Academic Record.......................... 2 Admissions Criteria............................................. 2 Grade Point Average (GPA)................................... 2 Class Rank.......................................................... 3 High School Transcript......................................... 3 School Profile..................................................... 4 College Recommended Courses........................... 6 Four-Year High School Plan.................................. 6 College Tests...................................................... 7 Part II – College Information........................... 9 College Admissions Terms.................................... 9 College Majors.................................................. 10 Requirements for Athletes................................. 11 Part III – Choosing a College......................... 12 Factors to Consider........................................... 12 Make College Visits........................................... 13 Consider All Options......................................... 15 Part IV – High School Year by Year................ 16 8th Grade......................................................... 16 9th Grade......................................................... 17 10th Grade....................................................... 18 11th Grade....................................................... 20 12th Grade....................................................... 22 Part V – Money for College............................ 25 Financial Aid Overview...................................... 25 Completing the Necessary Forms....................... 26 Ways to Cut College Costs.................................. 27 Applying for Scholarships.................................. 28 Part VI – Additional Resources...................... 30