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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!