Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • Create a four-year school curriculum plan that meets graduation requirements and adequately prepares you for post-graduation goals.
  • Commit yourself to doing the best you can in every subject – remember all final grades from each year are included in your GPA and reviewed for college admissions.
  • Get involved! Find a sport (or three) or school activity that you enjoy and can commit to throughout high school.
  • Find a community service organization or project that you want to volunteer for, and give hours!
  • Attend College Fairs and visit schools when possible.
  • Complete a career assessment to determine what career path and/or college major best suites you.
  • Become familiar with Family Connection. Use it to explore careers and colleges.
  • Begin searching for college scholarship opportunities.

 

Junior Year

  • Continue using Family Connection to explore colleges and careers.
  • If you wish to play college athletics, register with the NCAA and/or the NAIA Eligibility Centers.
  • Develop an initial list of schools that interest you.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit Hudson Catholic High School.
  • Visit schools when possible.
  • Participate in some type of test prep – All HC junior students take the PSAT (October 14, 2015) and ACT (April 19, 2016).
  • Register for the SAT May or June dates if necessary. We suggest students only register for the SAT after they take the ACT in April.
  • Continue searching for college scholarship opportunities.

 

Summer (before senior year)

  • If you are registered with the NCAA and/or the NAIA Eligibility Centers request your junior year transcript and SAT or ACT scores be sent for review.
  • Do more test prep. You should be retaking either the SAT or the ACT in the fall!
  • Visit! Visit! Visit as many colleges as you can!
  • Students applying for Early Decision and Early Action should begin their applications.
  • Continue searching for college scholarship opportunities.

 

Senior Year (fall/early winter)

  • Meet with your counselor and get your senior information packet!
  • Continue to visit schools and meet with college representatives.
  • Narrow down your college lists – students should be applying to no more than 6-8 schools.
  • Begin to work on college applications – be mindful of deadlines!!!!.
  • Request letters of recommendation and transcripts.
  • Work on college essay and resume.
  • Register for the fall SAT or ACT and SAT II Subject tests (if necessary).
  • Continue searching for college scholarship opportunities.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit Hudson Catholic High School.
  • Parents should attend a Financial Aid Workshop and FAFSA night.

 

Senior Year (late winter/spring)

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on or after January 1st.
  • Remember that many colleges require seventh semester grades as well as updated GPAs and rankings.
  • Review financial aid packages.
  • Decide which school you will attend next fall.
  • Send the required deposit to reserve your seat in next year’s freshman class.
  • Continue searching for college scholarship opportunities.
  • Request a final transcript be sent to your college choice!
  • Request a final transcript be sent to NCAA or NAIA if necessary.