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Start planning your future now by taking action and following Gateway's recommended timeline and course suggestions:



  • In October, take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and the Practice ACT (PLAN). When filling out the test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them.

  • Take geometry if you have not already done so. Take biology and a second year of foreign language.

  • Become familiar with general college entrance requirements.

  • If you haven't already started participating in community service opportunities, start now!



  • Discuss your PSAT score with your counselor.

  • The people who read college applications are not looking just for grades. Get involved in activities outside the classroom. Work toward leadership positions in the activities that you like best. Become involved in community service and other volunteer activities.

  • Read, read, read. Read as many books as possible from a comprehensive reading list.

  • Work on your writing skills. You will need them no matter what you do.

  • Find a teacher or another adult who will advise and encourage you to write well.



  • Keep your grades up so you can have the highest GPA and class rank possible.

  • Continue to explore interests and careers that you think you might like.

  • Begin zeroing in on the type of college you would prefer (two-year or four-year, small or large, rural or urban).

  • If you are interested in attending a military academy, such as West Point or Annapolis, now is the time to start planning and getting information.

  • Write to colleges and ask for their academic requirements for admission.

  • Visit a few more college campuses. Read all the mail you receive from colleges. You may see something you like. 

  • Attend college fairs. 

  • Keep putting money away for college. Get a summer job.

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