Freshmen - Talk to your counselor

Take the first step and make an appointment with your guidance counselor to discuss a plan for college. She or he has information about admission tests, college preparation, and your education and career options. Here are some basic questions to get you started:


  • Do you have any information to help me start exploring my interests and related careers?

  • What are the required and recommended courses, for graduation and for college prep?

  • How should I plan my schedule so I'll complete them?

  • Do you have any after-school or evening sessions available for college planning?

  • Do you have college handbooks or other guides that I can browse or borrow?

  • What activities can I do at home and over the summer to get ready for college?

  • What kinds of grades do different colleges require?

  • Where do other kids from this school attend college?

  • What are the requirements or standards for the honor society?

  • How does our school compare to others, in terms of test scores and reputation?

  • Which elective courses do you recommend?

  • Which AP courses are available?

  • When is the PSAT/NMSQT going to be given here?

  • Is this school a testing center for standardized tests, or will I need to go somewhere nearby?

  • Are there any college fairs at this school or nearby?

  • Can you put me in touch with regent grads who are going to the colleges on my list?

  • If my colleges need a recommendation from you how can I help you know me better, so it can be more personal?

  • Are there any special scholarships or awards I should know about now so I can work toward them?

  • Can I see my transcript as it stands now to see is everything is as I think it should be?

  • Do you have any forms I need to apply for financial aid?