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2017 – 2018 Upward Bound Handbook

Handbook 2017-2018

9th Grade

  • Meet and know your counselor
  • Explore career options
  • Attend college career fairs
  • Review college entrance requirements
  • Research college cost
  • Start a college planning file and keep user names and passwords, activities, awards and lists of work experience paid and unpaid
  • Participate in extra curricular activities
  • Take and enroll in challenging courses
  • Attend the Upward Bound summer academic residential program to experience a college like atmosphere.

10th Grade

  • Meet and know your counselor
  • Research possible college choices and majors
  • Take PSAT in mid October
  • Keep grades up – do well in all courses to maintain or improve GPA and class rank
  • Continue involvement in school and community activities
  • Update your college planning file
  • Select challenging courses for Junior Year (Consider Advanced Placement Courses)
  • Attend the Upward Bound summer academic residential program to experience a college like atmosphere.

11th Grade

  • Meet and know your counselor
  • Continue career exploration and take challenging courses
  • Volunteer for activities and clubs related to career interests and continue involvement in school and community activities
  • Research possible college choices and identify admissions and application requirements for your top choices.
  • Develop rough draft of college admission essay
  • Investigate scholarship opportunities and identify ways to pay for college
  • Check college websites for specific entrance requirements and time-lines
  • Visit College campuses
  • Participate in SAT/SAT Preparation activities
  • Take SAT /ACT
  • Begin requesting college applications
  • Update your college planning file
  • Attend Upward Bound summer academic residential program to experience a college-like atmosphere.

12th Grade

  • Visit with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate.
  • Retake SAT/ACT if you are not satified with your score.
  • Attend any Fall college fairs
  • Submit college applications (Check each interested school for deadlines)
  • Have an official transcript sent to all colleges to which you are applying.
  • Search and apply for scholarships
  • Attend a Financial Aid Workshop
  • Complete and file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • AVOID SENIORITIS AND STAY FOCUSED
  • Respond to college offers of admission . Notify all colleges to which you have been accepted of your final decision.
  • Submit required deposits
  • Request that a final transcipt be sent to the college of your choice
  • GRADUATE
  • Attend the Upward Bound Summer Bridge Program and earn college credits that will transfer to the college of your choice.