Successful Strategies for Upward Bound Students

Preparation for college requires a strong work ethic, both inside and outside of the classroom. It is highly recommended that Upward Bound students follow the guidelines below during each stage of their high school career.

Freshmen

Taking challenging courses including 4 yrs English, 4 yrs math, 4 yrs science 3 yrs social studies, 2 yrs foreign language

Becoming involved in community and school activities (sports, clubs, class boards) College admissions will look for these activities!

Registering for AP or Honors Courses

Researching college admissions requirements including GPA, ACT scores, community service

Taking part in the Explore and MAP Tests Listen for announcements at school!

Beginning to keep a list of your activities, honors, awards, and community service hours.

Starting on the right foot academically; push yourself to make high grades right away!

Developing POSITIVE relationships with teachers, administrators, pastors, employers, etc. These adults will be helping you get into college!

Attending Upward Bound Summer Program to participate in a real-life college experience courses.

Developing a 4-year high school plan that lists courses you want to take, including college-prep

Confidence! Keep telling yourself and others around you that you WILL attend college!

Sophomores

Taking challenging courses including 4 years of English, 4 years math, 4 years science 3 years social studies, 2 years foreign language

Staying involved in community and school activities (sports, clubs, class boards) College admissions will look for these activities!

Registering for AP or Honors Courses

Researching college admissions requirements including GPA, ACT scores, community service

Taking part in the Plan and MAP Tests Listen for announcements at school!

Beginning to keep a list of your activities, honors, awards, and community service hours.

Continuing to reach high academically; push yourself to make high grades right away!

Developing POSITIVE relationships with teachers, administrators, pastors, employers, etc.These adults will be helping you get into college!

Attending Upward Bound Summer Program to participate in a real-life college experience

Developing a 4-year high school plan that lists courses you want to take, including college-prep courses.

Confidence! Keep telling yourself and others around you that you WILL attend college!

Visit college campuses or college fairs to begin asking questions about college admission and start thinking about what you are looking for in a college (size, location, cost, etc.)

Juniors

Taking challenging courses including 4 years English, 4 years math, 4 years science 3 years social studies, 2 years foreign language

Staying involved in community and school activities(sports, clubs, class boards) College admissions will look for these activities!

Attending college fairs and college-prep workshops (with Upward Bound's help!)

Taking the PSAT to qualify for free $$ and the National Merit Scholarship Program

Taking the ACT/MME provided by the school Listen for announcements at your school to register on time!

Looking for scholarships on Fastweb.com and Federal Student Aid to find scholarships you may want to apply for during your senior year

Taking AP and Honors courses

Checking out options to dual enroll in college courses

Research opportunities for summer internships, work-study or job-shadow experiences

Seniors

In the Fall:

Narrowing down your list of colleges and visit them

Re-taking the ACT with the help of Upward Bound

Filling out college applications WATCH FOR DEADLINES

Learning your class rank and cumulative GPA

Narrowing down your choice of college major and career pathway (based on your skills)

Applying for scholarships (see below for ideas) - (in Upward Bound senior class)

Asking for Upward Bound staff's help with writing college and scholarship essays

Staying involved in community and school activities (sports, clubs, class boards, volunteering, etc.) College admissions will look for these activities!

Compiling a formal list of all your high school activities (including years spent), honors (including years won) and awards/internships/work experience

Make a FINAL DECISION about where you want to attend!!

Attending College Survival Workshops (Upward Bound)

In the Winter:

Finishing sending all college applications/essays

Completing the initial FAFSA application before year's end (in Upward Bound senior class)Look for your parent's new tax info by January 1 to complete an updated FAFSA in February

Formatting your final resume

Continuing to fill out scholarship applications

Acquiring recommendation letters from teachers, administrators, pastors, employers, etc.

In the Spring:

Sorting through mail from colleges/universities

Comparing financial aid award packages from different colleges to see your best option

Asking for help with any college, financial aid or scholarship documents you are confused about

Return any documents or deposits to the college you plan on attending (Or call admissions to see if fees can be waived till financial aid comes through)