Freshman Year

Academics must be a top priority. College may seem far off, but it’s never too early to start off high school right. Take on as heavy of an academic load as you can handle. The grades you earn your freshman year will be included in your final high school GPA.

  • Select high school courses with a high school guidance counselor, and confirm that classes will contribute to college requirements.
  • Discuss academic plans for the next four years.
  • Consider enrolling in algebra or geometry classes and a foreign language for both semesters (most colleges have math and foreign language requirements).
  • Research colleges of interest.
  • Discuss college with older friends and family.
  • Talk to your parents about planning for college expenses. Continue or begin a savings plan for college.
  • Get involved. Involvement in extracurricular activities can help develop skills that classrooms may never teach.

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by Susan Dutca

Stanford Business School officials have admitted to giving steep price breaks to preferred applicants while on their website, for years, claimed that "all fellowships are need based." The news came after one student discovered a glitch on their website that gave public access to confidential student financial aid records. [...]

Band to Messiah College: “No Gay? No Play”

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by Susan Dutca

Pop-punk band Diet Cig has canceled its scheduled appearance at Messiah College due to the college's "really serious anti-LGBT policies." The band has stated they have "no desire to support or benefit from an institution that discriminates against LGBT students/faculty/staff." [...]

Holiday Scholarships 2017: The Gifts that Keep on Giving!

November 28, 2017

by Susan Dutca

'Tis the season to apply for and win scholarships. This year (like every other year), Scholarships.com's only holiday wish is for our students to earn as much free college scholarships as they can to help pay for college. In the spirit of the holidays - and to make your scholarship search and application process easier - we've come up with a list of holiday-appropriate scholarships that yule adore. Jingle your way out of student debt in the New Year with these Christmas and holiday-themed scholarships: [...]

Last Reviewed: December 2017