A High School Senior’s Checklist Before College 

If you or your teenager is a senior heading off to college soon, we know how extra busy the last year of high school can get. That’s why we created a checklist before starting college.

Take the ACT/SAT 

If you haven’t taken the ACT or SAT yet, make sure to check with your school when the exam dates are. Once you receive your scores, send them to the college or universities you are applying to. 

List Potential Colleges 

If you haven’t committed to a college yet, make a list of potential colleges you are interested in attending. It’s okay if you haven’t chosen a school yet, it’s a big decision and takes time to make. 

Research Programs 

Research the programs from the colleges interested in or are committed to. Check the courses they offer, who the professors are, and even check their department’s social account if they have one. 

Visit Colleges 

If you can visit the schools of your interest. Even schools you’ve seen in the past, you might have a different perspective now as a prospective student. Look up when their hosting college fairs, weekly or weekend visits, and contact the admissions counselor, current students, or alumni with questions you have. 

Sign-up on our website to get your PUC experience at College Days from February 5-7, 2023. 

Have A Career in Mind 

Think about what career path you want to take. You don’t need to know the right one right now but have an idea. Brainstorm different occupations you think you would be good at and enjoy doing every day. 

Learn & Organize Financial Aid 

As you learn about your financial aid options, such as FAFSA, grants, and scholarships, take it one step at a time. Talk to your financial advisor to see what financial plans are available for you and ask them every question you have so you can be on the same page and understand your financial plan. 

PUC’s financial advisors understand how overwhelming financial planning can get, which is why they are committed to helping you and your family make higher education possible for you. Learn more about financial aid at PUC on our website

Apply For Scholarships

There are millions, if not billions, of scholarships online ranging from interests, and majors, to creative writing topics for you to earn free money for college. Free sites such as Fast Web and Niche have lists of scholarships anyone can apply for. 

Every student at PUC receives one or more forms of financial aid. Check out our scholarships to learn more. 

Update Your Resume 

Make or update your resume even if you have little to no job experience. More than half of college students get a job while attending school to help pay for tuition, earn money, and gain skills. Employers know college students don’t have much work experience, so it’s okay if you don’t have a lot to show. That’s why you’re getting a job to build up your resume and get work experience. 

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