Preparing by Grade

Every year the real world becomes more and more competitive. To be successful in today's world, a college education is essential. It doesn't matter if you are a senior, junior or even in the eighth grade, its never too early to prepare yourself to stand out from the pack. 

In addition to making sure your classes count towards the core requirements for the State of North Dakota, here are a few recommendations that will make you more competitive when it is time to apply to Minot State:

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

  1. Take Algebra and a Foreign Language this year, if possible.
  2. Visit college web sites to get information on their admission requirements.
  3. Plan a high school class schedule that follows a college preparatory track.
  4. Take classes and develop skills that are valuable in high school and essential in college: word processing, online research and speed-reading.
  5. Research different careers online. Even better, talk with family and friends 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. You'll be able to see what really goes on and if it's something you might be interested in doing for a career.

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

  1. If you haven't 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. 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.
  3. 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.

There's a lot going on this year, you'll probably be juggling school, your first job and driving lessons. It's also the year to really narrow down your choice of universities and possible majors. If you haven't already, it's also time to really take your classes seriously.

  1. Keep up your study habits to maintain A's in all your classes. Try to do at least two hours of homework every night.
  2. Try to take on a leadership role in a club or organization. That really looks good on a resume.
  3. If you have time, work during the summer as a volunteer in an area where you community needs help.
  4. 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.

This is the year that things get serious in preparing for college. Take practice tests for the ACT, take the ACT, tour Minot State, 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 it's one less class you'll 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. Minot State offers dual credit/early entry courses for high school students.
  3. Register by the deadline for your ACT or SAT. The ACT or SAT is a required test for admission into most universities. The results of the ACT or SAT 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.
  4. Attend college fairs and presentations by representatives who visit your school.
  5. Come to Minot State for a campus visit! Set up a time to meet with staff from our admission and academic departments.
  6. In the spring, you'll start to receive a lot of college mail. Request more information from the schools that interest you, including Minot State.

You've made it to your senior year in school. This final year in high school is also the beginning of your collegiate experience. You'll be applying and getting accepted (if you've prepared well) to the universities of your choice.

  1. Apply early. Be sure you meet the deadlines for scholarships.
  2. Check with your counselor to make sure your transcripts have been sent to Minot State. We will review them to make certain you continued to have a strong academic record in each semester of your senior year.
  3. If you are accepted, plan to attend orientation.
  4. Write or call any other colleges to which you were admitted but will not be attending, and inform them that you will be attending Minot State.
For more information about applying as a first-year student, please contact your Minot State enrollment representative or call 701-858-3350.
For more information about dual credit/early entry at Minot State, please contact:
Contact Information
Amy Woodbeck Amy Woodbeck
Dual Credit Coordinator, Center for Extended Learning
Administration Building, Room 354