Four Year Plan

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Freshman Year

  • Now is the time to start thinking about college.
  • Start early preparing for your college plans.
  • Scholarships are given to students based on their cumulative GPA and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Take your freshman year seriously and study hard in all your classes.
  • Begin looking for opportunities at school, church, or in the community to get involved.
  • When it comes time to compile your resume, you will be able to provide hours for community service at school, church and in the community.
  • This will help you receive scholarships for leadership experience and also community service.
  • Start thinking about careers.
  • Arrange a time to shadow a professional in an area of interest.
  • Learn about advanced placement. This is a good way to get a jump start on College.

Sophomore Year

  • During your sophomore year, focus on your grades.
  • Make studying a priority.
  • Take a challenging class load. Challenging classes will get you ready to meet the requirements of a college or university of your choice. 
  • Take the PSAT for practice.
  • Research colleges and universities.
  • Go to their web pages and research their programs, application process, and courses.
  • Check into college visits. Many of our Adventist colleges will reimburse families for travel expenses. 
  • Staying involved in extracurricular activities can help you get scholarships for college.
  • Start researching scholarships.
  • Find out what type of scholarships are available and awarding criteria, and deadlines.

Junior Year

This is a critical year for researching and identifying colleges. Students should be preparing to take standardized tests. In the spring, the application process begins. If you begin now, there won’t be so much pressure on you in your senior year.


  • Make an appointment with Counselor to talk about college plans
  • Take the PSAT
  • Prepare to take the SAT or the ACT or both by the spring of you junior year
  • Check out test prep resources online
  • Make a list of colleges and universities that interest you
  • Talk to recruiters
  • Plan to attend college fairs
  • Start visiting colleges
  • Prepare a resume of all your skills and accomplishments in high school
  • Learn about scholarships offered by the Adventist Colleges
  • Stay involved with a club, sports team, part-time job, or internship. Extracurricular activities add interest to your application


  • Review your PSAT scores
  • Prepare for college admission tests
  • Discuss taking challenging classes next year
  • Take AP classes in junior and senior year
  • Take the AP exam


  • Search for colleges
  • Research scholarships
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid events
  • Pursue meaningful summer activities ( job internship, online courses)
  • Visit college campuses

Senior Year


  • Visit more Colleges
  • Decide on top colleges that meet your needs
  • Research the cost of tuition
  • Get started on applications
  • Decide on early decision


  • Review for college admission tests
  • Research scholarships
  • Set up college interviews
  • Meet with the school counselor
  • Keep your grades high
  • Apply to colleges
  • Apply for early decision or action
  • Watch for important deadlines
  • Register for college entrance exams (SAT and ACT)
  • Ask to have your score reports for ACT and SAT sent to colleges when you register for the tests
  • Begin the Common Application process (


  • Apply for early decision or action
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Fill out FAFSA to apply for aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Take the AP exams in the spring


  • Begin processing college responses
  • Review financial aid offers
  • Complete paperwork to accept a college’s offer of admittance