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High School Student Checklists

Sophomore in High School

  1. Create a calendar with test dates and registration deadlines and campus visitation events.
  2. Meet regularly with your school guidance counselor to discuss your college plans.
  3. Take a challenging course load to prepare for Boise State’s College Admission Core.
  4. Consider taking AP courses.
  5. Build your vocabulary and writing skills by reading a variety of materials.
  6. Be involved in extracurricular activities in and out of school, and keep a list of your activities and involvements.
  7. Research careers which are in line with your interests and talents.
  8. Go on a campus visit, to see what daily life is like at Boise State.
  9. Ask your college friends questions when they are home for the weekend, break, or the holidays.
  10. Research scholarship opportunities. Knowing about scholarships now saves you time in the long run.
  11. Take the PSAT in the fall. The PSAT is required to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program. Plus taking the PSAT will help to prepare you for the SAT.
  12. Prepare for the SAT exam the summer after your sophomore year.
  13. Keep your grades up – remember that colleges look at your cumulative high school GPA.


Junior in High School

  1. Make a list of the top 10 qualities you want in a college (academics, sports, location, clubs, etc).
  2. Prepare and take the ACT and/or SAT.
  3. Meet with your high school counselor to learn about the Boise State deadlines, requirements and scholarships.
  4. Attend college and career fairs in your area.
  5. Request information from colleges of interest.
  6. Make a list of the scholarships you plan to apply for and the application deadlines.
  7. Visit college campuses. Schedule a visit to Boise State.
  8. Know what your high school’s process is for ordering transcripts and taking days off to visit campus.
  9. Don’t forget to make time for academics and down time.


Senior in High School

  1. Check with your high school’s career center to see when colleges are visiting your school.
  2. Set up a comprehensive college visit to tour campus, meet with faculty, and talk to current students. Schedule a visit to Boise State.
  3. Apply to colleges early. Apply to Boise State as early as September of your senior year.
  4. Be aware of scholarship deadlines. (The application deadline for Boise State scholarship consideration is February 15th.) View Boise State’s scholarship information.
  5. Review the financial aid process.