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Preparing by Grade

Every year the real world becomes more and more competitive. To be successful in todayís world, a college education is essential. It doesnít matter if you are a senior, junior or even in the eighth grade, itís never too early to prepare yourself to stand out from the pack. Here are a few recommendations that will make you more competitive when it is time to apply to MSU:

8th Grade [ Show/Hide Details ]

You may be saying, "Wait Iím only in eighth grade, Iíll worry about college when I get to high school." Remember, itís a competitive world out there. If you start planning now, youíll be a step ahead of everybody else.

  1. Let your parents know you want to attend Minot State University.
  2. Take Algebra and a Foreign Language this year, if possible.
  3. Study hard and shoot for Aís. Even though colleges wonít see your pre-high school grades, good study habits now will help you in high school and prepare you for more strenuous college courses.
  4. Visit college web sites to get information on their admission requirements.
  5. Plan a high school class schedule that follows a college preparatory track.
  6. Take classes and develop skills that are valuable in high school and essential in college: word processing, online research and speed-reading.
  7. Research different careers online. Even better, talk with parents and relatives to see if they know anyone who works in a field you may be interested in. They may be willing to let you spend a day with them at work. Youíll be able to see what really goes on and if itís something you might be interested in doing for a career. If you can decide early on what you want to do with your life, youíll save valuable time and money in college by not having to switch majors.

9th Grade [ Show/Hide Details ]

This is your freshman year, your first year in high school. But itís also the first year that colleges will look at your grades and accomplishments. Consider this to be your opportunity to impress.

  1. If you havenít done so yet, get to know your school guidance counselor. They can be a great resource as you prepare to attend Minot State. Take algebra or geometry and a foreign language both semesters.
  2. Keep up you study habits and shoot for Aís in all your classes. Try to do at least an hour of homework every night.
  3. Get together with friends who also want to attend college. Form a study group and study together as often as possible. If you fall behind in a course or are struggling, get tutoring.
  4. Create a rťsumť file, saving such items as report cards, diplomas and certificates; a list of awards and honors you receive; a list of all school and community activities you take part in; a list of offices you hold in these organizations; and a list of volunteer or paid jobs you hold. Update this file every semester.
  5. Get involved in at least one extracurricular activity. Colleges look at more than just your grades; they also look at how involved you are in clubs and organizations.
  6. Over the summer, take part in academic enrichment programs and special summer workshops and camps for music, science, engineering, writing, filmmaking, theater, language and other subjects that interest you. Alternatively, consider retaking a class in which you received a grade you weren't satisfied with, or take a new class in summer school.

10th Grade [ Show/Hide Details ]

Thereís a lot going on this year, youíll probably be juggling school, your first "real" job and driving lessons. Itís also the year to really narrow down your choice of universities and possible majors. If you havenít already, itís also time to really take your classes seriously.

  1. Keep up your study habits to maintain Aís in all your classes. Try to do at least two hours of homework every night.
  2. Keep meeting with friends who also want to attend college. Form a study group and study together as often as possible. If you fall behind in a course or are struggling, get tutoring.
  3. Get involved in at least one extracurricular activity. Colleges look at more than just your grades; they also look at how involved you are in clubs and organizations. Try to take on a leadership role. That really looks good on a resume.
  4. Update your rťsumť file.
  5. If you have time, work during the summer as a volunteer in an area where you community needs help.
  6. Over the summer, take part in academic enrichment programs and special summer workshops and camps for music, science, engineering, writing, filmmaking, theater, language and other subjects that interest you. Alternatively, consider retaking a class in which you received a grade you weren't satisfied with, or take a new class in summer school.

11th Grade [ Show/Hide Details ]

This is the year that things get serious in preparing for college. Take practice tests for the ACT, take the ACT, tour MSU, and make important decisions.

  1. Review your schedule with your guidance counselor. Consider taking dual-credit courses. They will give you credit towards high school graduation, plus itís one less class youíll have to take in college.
  2. Talk with your guidance counselor about taking honors level (AP) courses. If your school does not offer AP classes, consider enrolling in a course at a local community college or university.
  3. Keep up your study habits to maintain Aís in all your classes. Try to do at least two hours of homework every night.
  4. Register by the deadline for your ACT. The ACT is a required test for admission into most universities. The results of the ACT will also give you and your counselor an idea of your strengths and the areas you need to improve as you prepare for college admission. Taking the SAT or ACT in the spring will allow you to receive the results and meet with your counselor to see if you need to take the exam again in the fall.
  5. Attend college fairs and presentations by representatives who visit your school.
  6. Stay active in your extracurricular activities. Take the initiative to set up programs or plan activities. Work on your talents and seek out professionals who can help you.
  7. Come to MSU for a campus visit! Set up a time to meet with staff from our admission and academic departments.
  8. Update your rťsumť.
  9. In the spring, youíll start to receive a lot of college mail. Request more information from the schools that interest you, including MSU. You will then start receiving view books, catalogues and applications.
  10. Over the summer, take part in academic enrichment programs and special summer workshops and camps for music, science, engineering, writing, filmmaking, theater, language and other subjects that interest you. Alternatively, consider retaking a class in which you received a grade you weren't satisfied with, or take a new class in summer school.
  11. Over the summer, prepare for the ACT by reading books with testing tips and sample questions. Check into workshops available to help you prepare for the college entrance exams. Check with your guidance counselor to determine which are the most credible.
  12. Over the summer, complete any audition tapes, art portfolios or special materials that are required for admission to such programs as fine arts, graphic design, animation, web design, music and theater.

12th Grade [ Show/Hide Details ]

Youíve made it to your senior year in school. This final year in high school is also the beginning of your collegiate experience. Youíll be applying and getting accepted (if youíve prepared well) to the universities of your choice.

  1. Strive for A's in all of your classes, and continue to form study groups and to do at least two to three hours of homework every night. The grades you earn in your senior year are extremely important.
  2. Continue your extracurricular activities. Find new ways to demonstrate leadership, persistence, thoughtfulness, creativity or some other special trait through your activities.
  3. If you have not received an application package by early fall, contact MSU Enrollment Services.
  4. Pay attention to deadlines. Donít get excluded from MSU because you forgot to do something by a certain date.
  5. In October, ask for letters of recommendation from your teachers and counselors. Help them out by giving them information about your activities and accomplishments. Give them enough time to do a good job.
  6. Apply early. Be sure you meet the deadlines for scholarships.
  7. Make a photocopy of all the forms and materials you send to MSU, or apply online.
  8. In December, follow up with your teachers and counselors if they have not gotten back to you with your letter of recommendation.
  9. Check with your counselor to make sure your transcripts have been sent to MSU. We will review them to make certain you continued to have a strong academic record in each semester of your senior year.
  10. If you are accepted, plan to attend MSU Connect.
  11. Write or call any other colleges to which you were admitted but will not be attending, and inform them that you will be attending MSU.
  12. After you are admitted, apply for housing and participate in First Year Experience at MSU. All incoming freshmen are required to live in on campus housing (unless you have relatives in Minot). It is also recommended that freshmen participate in the First Year Experience, itís a great way to meet new friends and take 3 classes with the same group of people.