Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 182. Get good grades Colleges consider the grades earned in college prep courses to be the most important criteria for college admissions. The stronger your courses and the higher your grades, the more college choices you will have. Remember, you aren’t working to get good grades for your parents or for anyone else. You are working hard in your classes for yourself—and for your future. 3. Prepare for college tests Most four-year colleges require that applicants submit ACT or SAT scores. Students should take these tests in the spring of their junior year. Taking college prep courses is the best way to prepare for these tests. 4. Be involved in activities Colleges are looking for students who are active and involved in their school and community. They are also looking for students who have leadership abilities, unique experiences, and an interest in community service. Colleges want to see students engaged in meaningful activities—playing a sport, being in the band, working on the yearbook, volunteering at charity events. Quality is more important than quantity! To learn how you can improve your high school record, see your counselor. 9