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Guide to Admissions

There's a lot more to college admissions than filling out the application. Get ahead of the game by beginning to think about college now. 

High School Timeline


Freshman Year

  • Enroll in Missouri college-preparatory curriculum  
  • Form good study habits.
  • Job-shadow an adult whose career interests you.
  • Find a sport or activity you love and take steps toward becoming a leader at your high school.
  • Become active in other clubs and organizations that interest you, including community service organizations, religious youth groups or a part-time job.

Sophomore Year

  • Focus on your grades: Don't wait until your junior or senior year. The grades you make during your freshman and sophomore years have a huge impact on your overall GPA and class rank.
  • Look into taking standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT, which are required at most colleges.
  • Begin attending college fairs and request information about schools that interest you.
  • Visit a college campus while on vacation with your family.

Junior Year

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT tests.
  • Attend College Day/Night programs.
  • Find as much information as possible about the schools that interest you through college fairs, mailings, and web sites.
  • Visit the campuses of your top choice schools.
  • Meet with admissions representatives who visit your high school.
  • Form relationships with your high school teachers so they will know you well enough to write letters of recommendation for you.
  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor in charge of college admissions. He or she can be a huge resource and help you narrow your search.

Senior Year   

  • Visit UCM.
  • Take, or retake, the ACT and/or SAT tests.
  • Apply for admission as early as possible to the college you are seriously considering attending.
  • Apply for institutional and local scholarships in the fall.
  • Apply for financial aid after January 1.
  • Choose a school and notify colleges of your decision.
  • Attend orientation and enrollment programs.
  • Enjoy your senior year!