- Make certain you are enrolled in courses meeting Westmont's entry requirements:
English 4 years Science 3 years (two years of laboratory science) Mathematics
3 years (including at least Algebra II)
*Algebra I taken in the 8th grade is acceptable
Foreign Language 2 years of the same language (3 years recommended) Social Science 2 years (history, government, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, civilization, geography)
- Attend meetings with the college representatives who visit your school.
- Read college viewbooks, catalogs, magazines and web sites.
- Talk with teachers, college students, and/or recent graduates from your high school. Spend time in the college counseling office or career center.
- Sign up to be on college mailing lists.
- Create an email account account specificly for college emails.
- Develop a list of items important to you and what you want in a college experience.
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October as practice. You will take it again as a junior and it’s only as a junior that you may qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.
- Begin thinking about taking the SAT and/or the ACT.
- Attend college fairs, parent nights, and financial aid workshops.
- Talk to your counselor about Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses.
- Get a summer job or internship.
- Keep track of your extracurricular activities. These will go on your college application.
- Begin researching scholarship and financial aid programs. A good web site is: www.fastweb.com
How do you go about selecting the right college? Here are some questions that may help with this important decision.