Get some guidance
Meet with a school or community program counselor to discuss your higher education, career and personal goals for the future and write out a plan for academic and extracurricular success.
Select the right classes
Meet with your counselor to ensure that your educational plan includes completing the A-G requirements for high school graduation and admission to the University of California. Identify what subjects you excel in and challenge yourself in AP, IB and certified UC Honors or college courses to be academically competitive for admissions. If you attend a California high school use the following link to find the A-G courses available at your school.
Join school or community groups, clubs, or teams you're interested in. Consider, if eligible, college educational preparation programs such as AVID, Upward Bound and Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) etc.
Even in your 9th grade year, your academic performance is important. College may seem like a distant goal, but your grades from each year of high school will impact your overall GPA and class rank.
Talk to your parents or guardians about paying for college. Click here to review our Financial Literacy Resources . Start or continue to add to a savings plan. You can begin applying to scholarships as early as your 9th grade year, research and ask your counselor for local opportunities.
SPRING / SUMMER
Start documenting your academic, extracurricular and community service achievement and awards. Save this list and add to it as you progress through high school. This will be a big time-saver when completing college applications and creating a resume.
Start a list of schools you’re interested in and request to be added to their mailing lists.
Volunteer, get a job or sign up for an enrichment program during the summer. Click here to see UC San Diego Youth Camps and Enrichment Programs. If you aren't in San Diego, there may be similar opportunities near you.
Read and Write
Both skills are very important and require consistent practice, no matter your chosen field.