Freshman and Sophomore C O L L E G E P LAN N I N G College Admissions Timeline 9th Grade Fall Semester (Freshman Only – For automatic admission to Texas A&M (Top 10%), students must graduate on the Distinguished Graduation Plan.) • • • Create a four-year high school plan taking into consideration student goals and ambitions. • Look at college admission requirements for ideal colleges. It’s never early to plan. Begin discussing future career options. Get involved in extra curricular activities – have a balance (one athletic, one academic.) 9th Grade Spring Semester • • • • Meet with school counselor to discuss 10th grade course options. • Adjust four-year high school plan as needed to reflect change in goals. Maintain involvement in extra-curricular activities. Prepare for End of Course Exam(s). (This is required for graduation.) Begin Academic Resume College Admissions Timeline 10th Grade Fall Semester • • • Modify four-year plan to reflect new goals. • Ensure you are taking rigorous classes to prepare a strong academic resume for college admissions. Take PSAT seriously in order to begin preparing for Junior PSAT and ACT/SAT. Continue involvement in extra curricular activities and begin taking leadership roles. 10th Grade Spring Semester • • • • • Meet with counselor to begin planning rigorous junior year curriculum. • Consider CCTE courses as an option for electives. Attend college and career fairs to begin exploring college admissions requirements. Tour college campuses as apart of family travel. Run for leadership positions with clubs and organizations. Update your Academic Resume Big Future • Utilize www.bigfuture.collegeboard.com to plan college application process. GPA Calculations GPA Calculations Current Admission Requirements University of Texas Austin Baylor University University of Texas El Paso 50% GPA Top 7% Automatic Admissions Top 10% Automatic Admissions 3.2 50% Range for SAT & ACT Scores M: 580 – 710 R: 540 – 670 W: 540 – 680 ACT: 25 – 31 M: 570 – 680 R: 560 – 660 W: 530 – 640 ACT: 24 – 29 M: 420 – 530 R: 390 – 490 W: Not Listed ACT: 17 – 22 Deadline October 15th February 1st November 1st First Year Retention 92% 73% Not Listed % of students receiving needbased financial aid 92% 60% 88% Top 3 Undergrad Majors Biology/Biological Sciences, Business/Commerce and Science/Liberal Studies Biology/Biological Sciences, Marketing/Marketing Management, Psychology Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid • www.FAFSA4Caster.ed.gov. • Mimics the FAFSA • Apply in January or February (March if Necessary) of senior year. • Application is based on previous years’ taxes. Question & Answer Thanks for coming!