High School Students: Tips for Prospective Freshmen

It’s never too early to begin thinking about college. At UB, we recognize that choosing the right college or university is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.

Preparing for college is extremely important, but how to do it doesn’t have to be a mystery. The following timeline will give you an overview of the steps you should be thinking about as you prepare. And if you ever have any questions, be sure to contact us — we’re here to help!

Sophomore year

  • Early fall semester: Register for and take the PSAT.
  • Fall semester: Explore and discuss colleges that offer majors in your areas of interest.
  • Spring semester: Start visiting colleges and college fairs.

Junior year

  • Throughout the year: Research colleges and make campus visits when possible. Look into scholarship opportunities. A good place to start is fastweb.com.
  • Early fall semester: Register for and take the PSAT if you didn’t take it as a sophomore.
  • Spring semester: Register for and take the ACT and/or the SAT.
  • Spring semester: Attend college fairs in your area and visit the colleges you’re interested in.
  • Late spring semester: Carefully select courses for senior year, making sure that you meet all requirements for graduation and cover any prerequisites for your potential major (e.g., for engineering or business management).

Senior year

  • Late summer and early fall semester: Take the ACT and/or the SAT if you haven’t already, or if you’re taking them again.
  • Fall semester: Complete your applications. Different colleges may have different deadlines and procedures, so be sure to stay on top of them.
  • After Oct. 1: Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • December: Make sure all applications are complete and submitted. To be considered for merit-based scholarships at UB, you must apply by Dec. 15.
  • Spring semester: After receiving your acceptance notifications, make your choice! May 1 is the deposit deadline for UB and for many other colleges.

Last updated: September 29, 2016 9:10 am EST