Summer Checklist

July 12, 2017


College student and parents moving into dormsThe fall semester is just around the corner. From high school graduation to your first day of colllege, there is a lot to get to done before you’re ready to step foot on campus.


Don’t get sidetracked by "summer melt" - when students who intend to go to college never actually enroll for the fall semester. Set aside time during the summer to follow through on your plans to earn a degree or certificate.


Check these items off your list to make sure you’re in good shape to start your freshman year:


  • Register for and attend summer orientation.

  • Pay all required deposits.

  • Register for fall semester classes.

  • Make sure you have a plan for housing and transportation.

  • Save money to pay for your books.

  • Make a realistic spending plan for when you start college.

  • Look at your degree map and plan out how many credit hours you need each semester to graduate on time.

  • Seek out part-time employment before the fall semester starts.

  • Consider job shadowing in several different professions during the summer to help you identify a career path that is right for you.

  • Check with the admissions and financial aid departments at your school to make sure they have all of the information they need from you.


If you need help finalizing your college plans, contact the admissions department at your school. If you're in the St. Louis or Kansas City areas, contact St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center or the Missouri College Advising Corps College Connections Center.