College Checklist for Students Currently in Middle School or Junior High

Print

Open an IRA Today!

Our Consultants Can Help!

If your or your child is in middle school or junior high school, consult this comprehensive checklist of important things to keep in mind in order to start preparing for a post-secondary education.

Also see our checklists for high school students and for parents.

  • Meet with your school counselor and a parent and discuss your goal to attend college. Take pre-algebra and, if possible, Algebra I and/or a foreign language.
  • Meet with a counselor to discuss advanced placement classes (AP) or college preparatory classes.
  • Find out if you qualify for your school's Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) program.
  • Read every day.
  • Do your best to earn top grades in all your classes.
  • Put extra effort into your core classes — English, math and science.
  • Think about college as an important part of your future.
  • Discuss your thoughts and ideas with your family and with people at school.
  • Start saving for college if you haven’t already.
  • Take challenging and interesting classes to prepare for high school.
  • Develop strong study habits:
    • Set aside a specific time and place to study each day.
    • Organize study groups.
    • Pack your school bag(s) the night before.
  • Put forth your best effort in school and on standardized tests. If you are having difficulty, don’t give up — ask for help from a teacher, tutor, or mentor.
  • Become involved in school- or community-based activities that let you explore your interests and learn new things.
  • Start thinking about what you’d like to major in. Talk with adults who have jobs that interest you, ask what they like about their jobs and what education they needed for their line of work.
  • Find out if your future high school has an AVID program. Learn more about this college readiness program.

Open an IRA Today! 

Our Consultants Can Help!