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I am in 9th Grade

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Although you have three more years before graduating from high school, it's still important to start your college planning process. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Enroll in competitive courses (see a suggested list below) offered at your high school and earn the best grades possible.
  • Pursue at least one non-academic activity such as music, art, dance, sports, or  other clubs. 
  • Sharpen your abilities in writing, research, and basic computer knowledge. These skills will help you in high school and will be important to your success in college.
  • Develop a file that includes grades, certificates, a list of your awards/ honors, your participation in school and community activities and the offices you have held. Update your resume file every semester.

Take courses to prepare for college-level study: 

o English 

o Algebra I or Geometry

o Biological and Natural Sciences

o Social Science and History

o Foreign languages

Take elective courses that meet USM’s admission standards

Register to take the PSAT in October. Learn more at

Earn good grades, keep up your good study habits, and stay on top of homework

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