Soccer and GPS:
· Play high school soccer or with your GPS team.
· Go watch college games at all levels.
· Schedule a meeting with a guidance counselor in your school, if you have access to one, to discuss a high school plan and choose the right balance of coursework that fit your goals.
· Work on your academic potential educate yourself on GPA and class rank.
· Explore your interests in possible careers.
· If you have a sibling taking college visits, tag along and start to get a sense for what college campuses look like.
· Engage in extracurricular activities including school groups, clubs, and volunteer opportunities. These are also important factors that colleges will consider for acceptance.
Soccer and GPS:
· Learn the basic recruiting regulations, so you know what to expect from coaches and how and when you can communicate with them.
· Begin contacting college coaches of schools you’re interested in and sending them your team’s schedules.
· Make a highlight video of yourself playing, ensure that it is professionally crafted, and upload it to YouTube.
· Attend college campuses and college games so you know which programs are realistic for you to attend.
· Stay on track academically and keep up your grades to increase the number of college options.
· Start to think about what you want to study and find schools that offer a possible match.
· If your school offers it, you can take your PSAT in October. This will give you an idea of how the PSAT and SAT tests work and will better prepare you to score well in the future. (Your PSAT scores from 10th grade will not count towards the National Merit Scholarship Program).
· Consider taking the PLAN test, which is a preliminary test to prepare you for the ACT. Speak to your high school counselor about this.
· Fall: Make a list of things that are important to you in a college and begin attending college fairs. This could include school size, location, urban or rural setting, academics offered, athletic level(NCAA D1, D2, D3, etc) and family connections to certain schools.
· Become familiar with college entrance exams.
· Spring: Identify 20 collegiate programs that meet your academic and athletic goals.
· Attend a GPS college seminar and attend a college night at your school, if offered.
Soccer and GPS:
· Register for the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Center no later than the beginning of 11th Grade.
· In your junior year, you are eligible to go on Official Visits, where a college will pay for your visit.
· Before each event where you could be scouted by college coaches, re-send your information along with your competition schedule, including times and locations you can be seen competing.
· GRADES, GRADES, GRADES! Keep your grades up and seek out help and support in areas as needed.
· If you are earning good grades and feel comfortable with your course load, you should consider the following options to begin to earn college credits while you're still in high school:
· A.P. (Advancement Placement) Courses - can potentially earn you course credits for both high school and college. You will need to research if your colleges accept A.P. credit.
· Dual Enrollment Courses - can potentially earn you course credits for both high school and college. You go to a college campus to take a class and the course credit will count towards your high school diploma. The course can also count as college credit.
· Take the PSAT test in October. Do your best as this could be used as scholarship credentials.
· Create a test plan and decide which are important for entrance to colleges and universities of interest to you. When you are ready, register to take your SAT and ACT tests.
· Attend college fairs, college nights, speak with representatives who may visit your school, and begin to narrow your college choices: (moved the next to bullet points as sub-bullets under this one)
· You should have an idea of which schools are interested in you and so have a better idea of where to narrow your focus after September 1st of your junior year as college coaches can now get in touch with you directly.
· By the end of the school year, you should try to have 10-15 schools identified that you are seriously considering.
· Spring: Begin to research scholarship options and begin gathering letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, etc. Consider a summer job or internship in your field or interest.
· Summer: Plan college visits for your top 5 choices- for more information go to the College Visits page.
Soccer and GPS:
· Continue to be proactive BY reaching out to college coaches
· Verify your eligibility status with the NCAA and NAIA
· Follow up with college coaches so that you know where you stand
· It is important you stay focused, organized, and manage your time so that your hard work will pay off. Work hard to keep your grades up.
· Continue with college visits into the fall.
· Talk to your counselor about taking A.P. and Dual Enrollment so that you can make sure the courses are applicable to the colleges on your list.
· At the beginning of your senior year you should be able to narrow your college search down to 2-5 schools.
· Understand the application deadlines for each institute.
· When you submit your application, you should also mail your letters of reference and have your high school send your Official Transcript.
· Consider the pros and cons of early decision and begin the application process. Speak with your guidance counselor for support. Research the early decision here.
· During January of 12th Grade you should submit your FAFSA. This dictates what types of and how much governmental aid you will be eligible to receive.