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Prepare For College

No matter which colleges and universities you eventually apply to, you'll want to do everything you can to prepare yourself for the challenges ahead. There are several ways to do that. We've outlined them here and have included links to the relevant information about UCM.

  1. Discover as much as possible about your strengths and limits and your likes and dislikes. Take a range of academic classes, read widely, and participate in a variety of activities. This will help you learn more about yourself and what you want in a college.
  2. Take as challenging an academic schedule as you're comfortable with. Consider advanced placement, honors classes, accelerated programs, and precollege programs. And always keep in mind the admission standards and requirements colleges have.
  3. If you're a homeschooled student, review our guidelines for homeschooled applicants. We encourage applications from homeschoolers who have completed a solid college-preparatory education. Visit our information page for homeschooled applicants to learn more about our core subject requirements and admission standards.
  4. You're already doing this, but continue to explore colleges. Pay particular attention to each school's:
  5. Talk to your parents, guidance counselors, teachers, family, and friends. The college choice might ultimately be yours, but it's good to discuss options and opinions with the people you trust. Encourage your family to learn more about UCM by visiting the Parents Resource Guide section of our Web site designed just for them.
  6. Begin to plan for standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT. They are required at most colleges. We recommend students take both the ACT in the spring of the junior year and again in the fall of the senior year. Test scores are used not only for admission, but also for scholarship consideration and invitations to special programs like Honors College.
  7. Start to review detailed and specific information on: