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UA Matters: College Prep Tips for High-School Sophomores

Whether you’re an incoming high-school freshman or senior, there are a multitude of things you can do to prepare for college. The University of Alabama’s admissions office offers a few suggestions on how students can better plan for their college futures.

This is the second of four posts that provide students in each grade level a checklist for college preparation.


  • Take the PLAN, the pre-ACT test. The results will help you focus on areas that need improvement for the ACT next year.
  • Review your goals. Make sure you are on the right path to achieve them, and then take constructive steps to reach them.
  • Attendance, grades and leadership count, so keep up the good work!
  • Add new accomplishments to your existing résumé, or create a résumé if you do not have one already.
  • Stay committed to extracurricular activities. If you are not involved in any, find an activity, volunteer work or job that will best use your talents.
  • Attend summer academic programs that will help your transition to college.
  • Begin earning college credit online and on campus while still in high school.uamatters_logo-thumb

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The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.