Point Loma High School

College Check List




• Focus on your GPA


     (One of the most critical factors in the college admissions process.)


• Seek leadership roles in favorite activities


     Consistency and quality, not quantity.


• Take the PSAT (fall)


     Opt-in to receive information from colleges.


• Attend PLHS college prep seminars, take an SAT test-prep class


• Consider taking SAT subject tests with AP classes


• Register for SAT/ACT.


     Focus your efforts on your preferred test, take it more than once.


• Attend college fairs; talk with recruiters & admission counselors, take college tours


• Research & apply for college scholarships


• Refine list of potential colleges


(Use website tools: collegedata.com, bigfuture.com, etc.)


• Use the FAFSA financial aid estimator


• Review list of college choices with your Counselor and get suggestions for others


• Decide whether to apply for early action or early decision at a particular college


• Prepare a summary/resume


     GPA, awards, activities, leadership roles, jobs, etc.


• Letter of recommendation: consider whom to ask


• Begin writing college application essays

• Register for/begin the common application


The above is a check list of items Pointer Families want to consider throughout the High School Journey.  These items are no’t in any particular order.  You can print a copy using the PDF below.