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​​If you want to attend a top-tier college, then you'll want to get started

on the college admissions process as soon as possible.

Those who start early have a better chance of positioning themselves

for admissions success at top-tier and Ivy League schools.

Early planning will give you an edge over other high school students,

so that when the application starting guns fire, you'll be ready to

hit the ground running.

The resources below will help you plan for college with professional advice

on college admissions topics including PSAT/SAT prep, choosing the best high

school courses, college research, summer jobs, and more.



There are many factors to consider when determining college readiness. Some of these may be tangible, and some may be intangible. If a student is not “ready” to go away to college, there are alternatives available.
Ready?


  • Has the student taken a rigorous curriculum and performed well? We analyze this by looking at transcripts and A-G approved courses


  • How are the student’s standardized test scores? We discuss the scores and what they mean in relation to various colleges


  • Is the student mentally prepared to be “on his/her own”? This determination is made through authentic assessment (discussions and activities)


  • How far away from home is the student prepared to go? We use questionnaires  for parents and students to answer this question


  • What kind of extra curricular activities has the student been involved in? We help focus student in particular areas


  • Has the student taken a leadership role in any activities? We also help guide students in this area.


  • What does the student do in his/her spare time? We discuss what colleges are looking for and make suggestions for a better college resume.


  • Does the student have any special talents? Music, dance, theater, athletics?


  •  Not ready yet? We discuss pros and cons of alternatives.


  • Gap year: travel, work?


  • Community College?



Early College Planning

Making The College Connection-Junior-Prep guide
Gearing Up to Apply to Top Tier Colleges and Universities: Freshman Year
Planning Ahead: Getting a Jump on Standardized Testing
Beginning Your College Search
Selecting your high school courses: Is a B better than an A?
For Homeschooled College Applicants: An Exception to Every Rule
Start Early Aiming High and Soaring- 4 Scholarships Myths

College Visiting

Are you seeking more in-depth, individualized college planning advice? Check out Soar's college admissions consulting services to help you create a winning college admissions strategy and to plot your personalized map to your top choice college today!


 

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