College Information

If your ultimate goal is attending college, there are steps you need to take each year.

9th Grade (Freshmen)

  • Do a four-year plan of study with a guidance counselor and focus on a challenging curriculum.
  • Improve your study skills. This year’s grades will affect your cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and community service. Get involved in leadership roles when possible.
  • Contact the Oklahoma State Regents office at 1-800-858-1840 for information on Oklahoma’s Promise for college tuition. This program awards financial aid for college tuition to students whose families earn less than $55,000 and who meet specific graduation requirements and moral/discipline standards.
  • Use your Pre-ACT test results to research careers that are of interest to you.
  • When traveling, visit colleges and universities in the vicinity of your destination.

10th Grade (Sophomores)

  • Continue taking a challenging curriculum and maintaining a strong GPA.
  • Take the Pre-ACT and PSAT. Use the results to help you select courses for your plan of study and explore career options.
  • Continue to be involved in extracurricular activities and community service. Take on leadership roles when possible.
  • Contact the Oklahoma State Regents office at 1-800-858-1840 for information on Oklahoma’s Promise for college tuition. This program awards college financial aid to students whose families earn less than $55,000 and who meet specific graduation requirements and moral/discipline standards.
  • Visit www.collegeboard.com or www.actstudent.org to find valuable facts on colleges, financial aid, best college deals, and ACT/SAT preparation tests.
  • Continue looking at colleges and universities when you travel.

11th Grade (Juniors)

  • Continue taking a challenging curriculum and maintaining a strong GPA.
  • Research admission criteria for the colleges/universities that you are considering. Adjust your schedule if necessary.
  • Take the PSAT and do well! This test is used to determine National Merit candidates and can be used as an indicator to project your SAT score.
  • Attend College fairs, request college brochures and information and continue visiting colleges.
  • Take the ACT and SAT admissions test as soon as you’ve completed Algebra II. Register online at www.collegeboard.com (SAT) and/or www.actstudent.org (ACT).
  • Continue with extracurricular activities and community service. If time allows, pursue part-time employment.
  • Start to research scholarships by going to www.fastweb.com.
  • Attend the evening junior college meeting during third quarter.
  • Consider taking SAT and ACT prep courses.
  • Research the colleges/universities of your choice to see if SAT subject tests and/or writing tests must be taken. Take the test(s), if needed.
  • If you plan to play organized sports in college, meet with Ms. Lawler in the spring to begin the registration process for the NCAA Clearinghouse.
  • Summer Between Junior and Senior Year
  • Create a resume.
  • Write an essay from the options on the Common Application.
  • Fill out student questionnaire.
  • Have parent(s) fill out the parent questionnaire.
  • Narrow your college selection choices to no more than six and give that list of choices to Ms. Lawler or Ms. Cogan by the end of August.  You should want to attend all schools on your list.

12th Grade (Seniors)

  • Have all summer work completed to hand into Ms. Lawler or Ms. Cogan by the end of August.
  • Check your BK email weekly and listen to the daily announcements.
  • Check the BK website for college visits and scholarship opportunities.
  • Continue taking a challenging curriculum and maintaining a strong GPA.
  • Research admission criteria for the colleges/universities that you are considering. Adjust your schedule, if necessary.
  • Attend college fairs.
  • Continue taking the ACT and/or SAT to try raising your score, for admission and scholarship purposes.
  • Consider taking the SAT and ACT prep courses, if needed.
  • Research the colleges/universities of your choice to see if SAT subject tests or writing tests must be taken. Take the test(s), if needed.
  • Continue being involved in extracurricular activities and community service.
  • Make application to the colleges of your choice for admission and scholarships. Seek help from Ms. Lawler or Ms. Cogan as needed.
  • Fill out the PROFILE financial aide form if your college/university requires it.
  • Obtain a FSA ID#.
  • File the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as you can.
  • Contact the financial aid office at your chosen university to see how they can help you.
  • Turn in copies of all scholarships received—including those you are not accepting—to Ms. Lawler or Ms. Cogan by mid-April.
  • Fill out the form at the mandatory senior meeting in the spring that will state where you want your final transcript sent.
  • Decide by May 1 where you will be going to school.
  • Let all other schools that you applied to know that you won’t be attending their school.

For additional information, contact Ms. Cogan (if your last name begins with A-L) or Ms. Lawler (M-Z).

Ms. Cogan 627-3390, ext. 176
Ms. Lawler 627-3390, ext. 117