Preparing for College: Freshman Year (9th Grade)

Evaluate Your Current Class Schedule
When reviewing your college application, institutions will consider both your GPA and the difficulty of your classes. Freshman year is a good time to start building a relationship with your guidance counselor. Schedule a meeting to discuss how challenging your current class schedule is and, if necessary, whether you can take on more advanced classes.

Participate in Extracurricular Activities
Most colleges or universities are looking for well-rounded students. Your ability to interact with others and manage multiple commitments can be just as important as your grades. Participate in activities that you enjoy and that you will want to commit to over time. Joining two or three sports teams and/or clubs that you can show heavy involvement in (ideally in a leadership role) over extended periods of time is better than joining several activities that you barely participate in or quickly drop out of. A part-time job, charitable or community activities count here too.