College may seem a long ways off, but the sooner you start preparing the better! Below is a general guide to help you get ready your Sophomore and Junior years of highschool for College.
Sophomore Year of High School
- Meet with Your Guidance Counselor - They’re here for a reason—use their resources! They can help you research colleges of interest and schedule your classes accordingly. Guidance Counselors also have direct contact with college admissions officers, so build strong relationships with them if you want them to give you a character reference when applying.
- Start Researching Colleges - Speak with your guidance counselor about what you’re looking for, attend College Fairs and ask questions of the recruiters there.
- Consider Taking the PSAT in October - This Pre-SAT test is typically for juniors but is available to sophomores at plenty of high schools. The PSAT can provide students with an idea of how they might fare with the SAT. By getting an assessment early, you have plenty of time to study and focus on your weaknesses.
- Don’t Forget Extracurricular Activities - Colleges care what you do outside of the classroom, but it is secondary to a student’s academic profile. It’s not the number of activities you are involved in, but their quality. Students should devote time to activities they care about and resist any temptations to get involved in activities only to impress admissions offices.
- Research any Dual Enrollment Programs Offered by Your State - In Georgia, if you qualify, you can take college classes for free (paid by the state) during you Junior and Senior years of high school through the Move On When Ready (MOWR) program. Many students who take advantage of this graduate high school and college at the same time with both a high school diploma and an associates degree. For more information on MOWR and Emmanuel College, including acceptance requirements, click here.
- Take an SAT/ACT Prep Class - To get into a dual enrollment program you need to achieve a high enough score on the SAT/ACT to be accepted by the college of your choice. That means you need to take one of these tests during your Sophomore year of high school. So start studying now!
- Take an AP Course(s) - This not only helps prepare you for the workload you’ll experience in college, but will also show college admissions boards that you are a diligent student.
- Narrow Your College List - Refine your choices of colleges by comparing and contrasting schools and attending college fairs. Your guidance counselor can help you find college fairs in your area. Also, college tours are a to get a feel for the campus, facilities, academics, and student life each institution offers. Click here for more information about taking a tour of Emmanuel College.
- Retake the PSAT or take the SAT/ACT - Retaking the PSAT is great practice and preperation for the real thing. If you're planning to dual enroll beginning your Junior year, you need to go ahead and take the SAT/ACT so you can apply at the college of your choice. Remember you can take the SAT/ACT tests multiple times and most colleges (including Emmanuel) "super score" you, taking the highest score from each part of the test. So the more you take the test, the higher your final score is likely to be. For more information about the SAT and to sign up to take it near you, click here. To sign up to take the ACT near you, click here.
- Apply for Your State's Dual Enrollment Program - If you plan to start dual enrollment your junior year of high school, you need to apply to the college of your choice and get accepted ahead of time. For more information on Georgia's Move on When Ready program and Emmanuel College, including acceptance requirements, click here.
- Visit Colleges - It's important to visit the colleges you're interested in to get a feel for the campus, facilities, academics, and student life each institution offers. Click here for more information about taking a tour of Emmanuel College.
- Read As Much As Possible - Being a strong reader makes it easier to perform well in college. Reading may also lead to higher SAT scores, but reading comprehension is not something that students can cram for in the weeks leading up to the test.
- Create a Filing System - Once parents and students begin accumulating college marketing materials, it's important to keep it organized. Create a folder or box for each school that interests you.
Junior Year of High School
- Take Another AP Course(s) - This not only helps prepare you for the workload you’ll experience in college, but will also show college admissions boards that you are a diligent student.
- Try Another Extracurricular Activity - Varying your extracurricular activities can help you hone in on your passions and get clarity about what direction to go in college. Try to find one or two activities, though, that your really connect with and stick with them long term. This shows colleges you can stay commited and live up to your responsibilities over time.
- Begin Researching Your Majors of Interest - While you don't need to know exactly what you'll major in when you enter college, the sooner you have an idea, the better informed you'll be when choosing a college. Some majors and career tracks just aren't available at all colleges. For a list of majors offered at Emmanuel College, click here. For a career path guide related to Emmanuel's majors, click here.
- Research College Costs and Fees - Many colleges will advertize low tiution but hit their students with thousands of dollars in fees each year. Others have higher tuitions with few or no fees. Make sure you look deeper than the surface of the advertised costs of the institutions you're interested in and utilize each institution's Net Price Calculator. For a list of Emmanuel's Costs and Fees, click here. To use Emmanuel's Net Price Calulator, click here.
- Research Scholarship Opportunities - Millions of dollars in scholarships go unclaimed every year, make your to start your scholarship search early! For a great resource, visit our page dedicated to outside scholraship opportunities by clicking here.
- Visit College Campuses - It's important to visit the colleges you're interested in to get a feel for the campus, facilities, academics, and student life each institution offers. In addition to campus tours, many colleges also do special Preview events where you get an even better opportunity to experience what that college is like. Click here for more information about Emmanuel's Preview events.
- Retake the SAT/ACT - Even if you've already taken it and gotten accepted at the college of your choice, it can be beneficial to continue retaking the SAT/ACT to get higher scores. This can make you eligible for academic scolarships that you might not have been able to get based on your scores when you were accepted into the dual enrollment program. To see the academic scholarships available at Emmanuel College along with our GPA and SAT/ACT score requirements, click here.
- Letter of Recommendation - Beat the letter of recommendation rush by asking your teachers before everyone else. Make sure you choose a teacher you have had for multiple classes, you've connected with outside of the classroom, and who can speak in detail about your character, ethics, academic abilities, and committment to fulfill your responsibilities. Colleges want to know how you will be a benefit to their campus culture.
- Visit, visit, visit - The more you visit your top schools, the better you'll get to know the campus, the culture, and the admissions representatives you're working with. Visits help you more than anything else in making up your mind about college and the relationships you form really help in the admission process. Click here for more information about Emmanuel's Preview events.
- Research Admissions Requirements - Learn the admissions requirements for each school you’re interested in attending. These can vary widely, so make sure you know what will be required of you. For more information about Emmanuel College and it's admissions requirements, click here.
- Apply to Your Top Schools - Most schools allow you to start the application and acceptance process in your Junior year. Beat the Senior year rush and get on the radar of your top schools early. If you get denied, you still have time to tweak your application and re-apply. For information on applying for admission to Emmanuel, click here.
- Finish Strong - Many admissions offices are interested in how you perform in high school even after you've been accepted at their institution. Construct a strong senior schedule and student portfolio to have available for any follow-up interviews or requirements.
Preparing for College can be overwhelming if you wait until the last minute. The college and major you choose have a huge impact on the relationships you develope and career paths avaialable to you for the rest of your life. Make sure you start early, pray often, and take things one step at a time so you can know you're making the best, most informed decisions possible. Your guidance counselor can be a tremendous help. If you have any questions about Emmanuel, don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-860-8800 or email us at email@example.com.
The Diversified Agriculture Program at Emmanuel College continues to grow as a Seasonal High Tunnel was recently donated to the program.
The seasonal high tunnel was donated as a joint effort by the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Broad River Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
Lorraine Genetti earned an Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction (2015) from Liberty University, an M.A. in English (1992) and a B.S.Ed. in English Education (1987) from the University of Georgia, and an A.A. in General Education (1985) from Emmanuel College. She taught full-time at Emmanuel from 1989 until 2005. She currently teaches English at Franklin County High School, where she serves as department chair. Her academic interests include Southern literature, especially Eudora Welty and Robert Penn Warren, popular culture, critical theory, and pedagogy.
Alex Genetti earned his B.A. in English from Emmanuel College (2014) and recently completed his M.A.P.W. (Master of Arts in Professional Writing) at Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2016 with a concentration in Creative Writing. He has worked for two years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, serving as instructor in freshman composition courses in addition to his part-time work as a writing tutor. His personal and professional interests are largely connected to creative writing, particularly speculative fiction and writing for the stage and screen.
A group of students from Emmanuel College’s Diversified Agriculture program were on hand at the 2017 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, GA from January 31st-February 2nd.
Emmanuel College is proud to partner with host, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Bowman, GA and several other community organizations to host the Northeast Georgia Night to Shine on Friday, February 10th 6p.m. at the John W. Swails Center on Emmanuel’s campus, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Christian Universities Online published their annual list of Top 50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017, with Emmanuel College coming in at #17.
EC Alumnus, Kayla Buckner will tell you that she has lived 10 lives.
A 2010 Communication Studies graduate of Emmanuel College, Kayla had it all. She had a good job, an awesome car, and a great place to live right outside of Nashville. In an instant, it was gone and all she had left were a few bags of clothes and enough money to get her through two months of staying with friends and family. What happened? God asked for her yes, and she didn’t hesitate to give it.
We are excited to have Rev. Max Barroso, Director of IPHC’s The Awakening join us this week for SEND Conference 2017! While on campus, Rev. Barroso will speak at Chapel at 11a.m. on Tuesday in Swails and again on Wednesday at 3p.m. in Taylor Chapel for a CAP event titled “Immigration: Perspectives from an Immigrant”.
When preparing for college, the minds of high school seniors and their parents are often full of questions. “How can we afford college?” “What scholarships are available to my students?” That’s where the Financial Aid office comes in.
The Emmanuel College Financial Aid team is made up of four ladies that work tirelessly to make sure that each new student has been packaged each semester.
Gloria Hambrick has been with the Financial Aid office the longest, beginning her time at Emmanuel in 2000.