It’s never too early to start thinking about college. The process may seem daunting, but small steps can start students toward a future in a STEM career. It’s important to let your children know early on that college is an expectation. Expose them to diverse careers and help them see the opportunities created by higher education. Make a point to stop by college campuses during family vacations. Also, discuss important education milestones, such as taking the ACT, just as you might discuss the prom.College Prep Checklist
- Choose STEM-related extracurricular activities, such as science and math clubs and the FIRST Robotics competition.
- Enroll in as many high-school math and science classes as possible to ensure you meet the admission standards for the School of Computing and Engineering.
- Attend summer camps focused on computing and engineering. SCE has science and math camps designed for children ages 9 and older.
- Learn to study effectively. Developing good study habits now will translate to better organization later.
- Attend career days at area schools and colleges.
- Consider challenging yourself with academically rigorous IB/AP courses.
- Maintain good grades to increase your chances for SCE admission and scholarships.
- Plan when you will take standardized tests for college admission. Consider practice tests to familiarize yourself with the process.