Meet with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track and taking classes needed for graduation.
Maintain A and B grades. This is especially important during the junior year.
Make sure your taking classes that will prepare you for applying to college.UC/CSU admissions requirements.
Meet with a counselor and plan to make up any D’s or F’s you've earned.
In October register for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) and take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Extracurriculars...decide once and for all what's important and what you can leave behind.
When you really get to know a teacher, he or she will be able to speak to your true character and your strengths, not just your score on the last exam. Remember you may be asking for letters of recommendation as a senior applying to college
Start touring local universities and colleges. Try and visit at least one campus.
Expect your PSAT scores to arrive in early January—identify areas of difficulty and get help.
Do your best on the California Standards Test (CST). Make sure that you answer the supplemental items which comprise the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) in mathematics and English Language Arts. The results of these tests will signal your readiness for college-level English & math and help you make the best use of your senior year to prepare.
Things to know: students whose EAP math/English status indicates that they are "ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level mathematics courses—Conditional" have demonstrated readiness at this point in time for math/English at the CSU. However, they will need to take the appropriate math course in the senior year to ensure that they continue to be ready.
Students designated as "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level math/English courses—Conditional" can meet the CSU entry level requirement by successfully completing approved courses during the senior year.
Make your summer plans. Maybe take a college-level course.
Find out what you need to know about applying for financial aid
Find out what you need to know about scholarships.
Contact colleges to request information and applications for admission. Ask about financial aid, admission requirements, and deadlines.
A word about safety schools.
Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending.
Think about application essays or personal statements.