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9th Grade

Question: Is it too soon to think about college? Answer: It's never too soon. Let us help you take the first steps toward your future. Here are some things you can be doing right now to start out strong in high school.

Talk to your parents.

It's time to start the college conversation. Talk to your parents about why you want to attend college in the first place. Discuss ways to pay for college, and make a plan for taking the SAT and ACT. Take initiative! They will respect your focus and drive.

Meet your high school counselor.

Chat with your high school counselor about your college goals. Then look over the UofSC admissions site with your counselor. Does your class schedule match up with our course requirements? Start working on a four-year high school plan.

Talk to your teachers.

Believe it or not, your teachers are real people too! Strike up a conversation and broaden your horizons. Afterwards, you'll find it's a lot easier to speak up in class, or ask an important question about a grade or upcoming test.

Explore AP, IB, and dual-enrollment courses.

Did you know you could be earning college credit now? Scoring well on AP and IB exams may result in college credits at USC. Talk to your counselor about AP, IB, honors, and dual-enrollment courses. They're a great way to strengthen your academic skills — and your high school transcript.

Give back to your community.

Service is important at the University of South Carolina. Look into volunteer programs and other service opportunities over the summer break. It will look great on your resume, build character, and bring you incredible fulfillment.