Each year carries its own important milestones and deadlines. It is important that students enter each grade prepared to meet their goals in order to better prepare themselves for post-secondary enrollment. Below is a list of some vital milestones that students should strive to reach. The Access Center is able to provide assistance with any questions you might have regarding the topics below:
- Challenge Yourself: Continue or start to take more difficult and challenging classes in core academic subjects. Look for dual enrollment and AP classes to earn college credits while completing high school requirements. Post-secondary institutions look for students that are taking and doing well in rigorous courses.
- Visit: Schedule college visits based off of your My College List to get a detailed look at the campus.
- Stay Organized: Compile a binder of all your awards/accomplishments, volunteer work, internship experience, and certificates. Document the milestones needed to be reached to get where you plan on going. This information is invaluable for applications.
- Get Involved: Volunteer with various in-school and community based organizations. Volunteer experience will help you to explore different career sectors as well as provide you with valuable learning experiences. Remember, more does not necessarily mean better; colleges like to see you find your passion and pursue it.
- Communicate: Talk with your counselor and your Mesa Counts on College Access Center college advisor about your high school courses as well as your post-secondary plans. Ensure that your counselor is guiding you to meet the post-secondary entrance requirements.
- Entrance Exams: It is also important for you to research which entrance exams are required for your desired post-secondary destination. You should also make sure that you allow yourself enough time to take the test and get your scores to your college before the admissions deadlines.
- SAT: Schedule and register for the test. Dates and locations are available online or ask your Mesa Counts on College Access Center advisor.
- ACT: Schedule and register for the test. Dates and locations are available online or ask your Mesa Counts on College Access Center advisor.
- Apply: Complete your college admissions forms during the fall semester, and know your deadlines. There are different types of applications and acceptances:
- Early Decision: Binding application. Once accepted, the applicant must go to that college. Only for first-choice colleges.
- Early Admission: Non-binding application. Once accepted, the applicant still has the choice to attend another college. Only for first-choice colleges.
- Regular Admission: Non-binding application. Once accepted, the applicant still has the choice to attend another college. For any college application.
- Wait-List: Neither an acceptance nor a rejection. Wait-listed students need to see if the school has an a spot open up from accepted students choosing not to attend.
- Finding Money: Apply for scholarships and grants. See our Financial Aid/Scholarships page.
- FAFSA: Complete your FAFSA Application in time for the early turn in date of March 1.
- Finish Strong: Continue to work hard to achieve and maintain a high GPA.