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Josh Chittum ’09

Sophomore College Prep Checklist

Preparing for college can be an exciting time!

While sophomore year isn’t necessarily the time to begin your full-blown college search, it’s the perfect time to get a jumpstart on the process. During this year, you can put your best foot forward and assess what type of school suits your academic and career pursuits.

Following these simple tips can help take the stress out of college prep and propel you down the path for college admissions success.


  • Explore Bethel’s website.
  • Attend Bethel events – plays, concerts, athletic events, and lectures.
  • Register for activities related to your academic interests, such as Bethel’s instrumental camps or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics symposium.
  • Look for leadership roles in clubs and activities.
  • Start thinking about majors and careers that will help you build out a list of potential college choices.
  • Make an appointment to talk with your high school guidance counselor.
  • Strengthen relationships with teachers, counselors and activity advisors. This will help you obtain recommendations for some special Bethel scholarships later.
  • Become familiar with the ACT as well as practice tests.
  • Attend college fairs and meet with Bethel representatives that visit your school.


  • Begin to discuss college costs with parents/guardians.
  • Visit Bethel and learn about the financial aid process.
  • Take the ACT and send your scores to Bethel (code 1390).
  • Meet with your school’s guidance counselor to discuss plans for summer and next fall.
  • Apply for summer jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities – if you can’t find any of these, consider a job shadow.
  • Attend summer camps related to your academic interests, such as Bethel’s Summer Science Institute.