Prepare for College Year by Year

You can start preparing for your future college career even before you enroll in high school by giving some thought to the shape of your high school education. Do any nearby high schools offer magnet programs or an International Baccalaureate degree? If you qualify to enroll in such a school, the challenging course of study is sure to stand out on your college application. Many high schools specialize in a field of study like history or visual arts; see if a high school near you has any specialization in a field of study that you think you would like to go on to study in college. Even if you attend a neighborhood high school with a limited curriculum, you can nevertheless make the most of your time there to better your chances of getting into a top-notch university.