Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 - page 4

Be Ready for College and Career!
State and local education leaders want all students to have college and career goals that
will prepare them to experience fulfilling lives, actively participate as educated citizens, and
thrive in a particularly competitive and global marketplace. A college and career ready student is
prepared to succeed in college. The following are recommendations from education leaders for
students to be college and career ready.
Build an Academic Foundation
Take challenging classes in high
school to develop an understanding
of different subjects and a solid academic
preparation for college-level courses.
Create a 4-year College and Career Plan
(classes to take in 9
, 10
, 11
, and 12
grade) in 8
grade. Pay attention to
graduation requirements, college
recommended courses, and career goals.
Include Advanced Placement (AP),
International Baccalaureate (IB), or
concurrent enrollment classes that lead to
college credit and provide direct experience
in college-level studies. Select concurrent
enrollment classes that apply to general
education, a certificate, or a degree that
fits educational plans.
Develop Intellectual and
Career Capacity
Select courses in high school that
challenge your intellect and develop critical
thinking, analysis, and problem-solving
strategies. Practice creative problem solving,
increase written and oral communication and
teamwork skills,
learn to think critically, and
become technology proficient
Learn to manage your time and develop good
study habits that will only prepare you for
independence and how to handle homework in
Evaluate Progress
for College:
Do the very best academic work possible
in every class you take in junior high school through
your senior year of high school. Revise and update
your 4-year College and Career Plan as needed.
Meet regularly with your school counselor
your course choices; ask for advice on enhancing
college readiness skills.
Use assessments like EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT, or
Accuplacer to determine how close you are to
being ready for college
Explore Postsecondary Options:
Visit at least one college campus; take a
guided tour and ask questions. Learn how
much college costs. Attend a financial aid
and scholarship meeting at your high school.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline. Ask your
school counselor or a college financial aid advisor
about scholarships, grants, loans, and work study.
Complete the steps necessary for college entry
take a college entrance exam (ACT or SAT) and
submit a college admission’s application by the
priority deadline.
Utah System of Higher Education
Utah State Office of Education
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