CHECKLIST for COLLEGE PLANNING
Colleges of Interest:____________________________________________
_____1. Choose/follow a College Preparatory Curriculum
_____2. Apply for OHLAP/Oklahoma’s Promise as early as possible (8th grade)
_____3. Prepare for Admissions Exams by:
- Taking the right courses
- Participating in OK EPAS (EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT)
- Taking part in prep programs for ACT (online, workshops, etc.)
- Using your EXPLORE & PLAN results to prepare for ACT
***ACT Preparation is NOT a short-term cram session. The best results are obtained
by taking the courses and getting prepared beginning in 8th or 9th grade!
_____4. Take the tests!
- Register on paper (packets in counselor’s office) or online (Regents Portal: www.okcollegestart.org or ACT.org)
- National Test dates are posted on the packets and on the websites.
- Consider “Residual Testing” (given on other dates by the colleges – scores may only be used for that college)
- USE YOUR SCORES! (Look at your scores, compare them to students at your chosen college! Work on your weak areas. Take the tests again! Higher scores mean easier admissions and more scholarship dollars!)
_____ 5. Ask about Concurrent Enrollment
Taking college-level classes while still in high school provides great early experience, gets a jump start on college hours, and increases your knowledge base, even helping to increase your ACT scores. See requirements in the Concurrent Section.
______ 6. Apply early for admission to your chosen college(s). Include the following:
- High School transcript with ACT Scores
- Résumé of Honors/Awards/Offices/Activities/Community Service Hours
- Recommendation Letters (keep copies in your career file).
- Some applications require an essay.
_____7. Apply for Financial Aid
- Get your pin number for FAFSA early at www.pin.ed.gov
- Apply online for faster processing www.fafsa.ed.gov
Apply as soon as possible after January 1 of your graduation year.
- Search for other Scholarships (college financial aid office, school counselor, online, your parents' employers, local charities and scholarship organizations. If you have a special talent such as speech, athletics, music, art, agriculture, etc., see your coach, director, advisor for help in obtaining scholarships in your talent area.
- Scholarships are also available through your churches, tribal organizations, clubs, and through Vocational Rehabilitation for students with illness, injuries, vision/hearing disabilities, and other special circumstances.
COLLEGE COURSE SELECTIONS
General Education Requirements:
This list of general education courses is a place to start for choosing courses for Concurrent Enrollment and also for scheduling your first semesters of college. They are included in most college majors. If you have a specific major already in mind, you should ask your counselor or your college advisor for a guide that tells exactly which courses to take. This is especially true if you attend a community college with the intention of later transferring.
|Orientation||1||Humanities, Philosophy, Theatre Arts||5-6|
|Freshman Composition 1Freshman Composition 2Speech||9||College Algebra||3|
|Political ScienceHistory (Pre and/or Post Civil War)||6-9||Health/PE||4|
|General Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy, Earth Science, Biology||3-5||Electives||4-6|
Hours represent approximately the time spent per week in a class (not counting homework, reading assignments, etc.) A typical semester enrollment is 15-16 hours or about 5 classes.
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