Are You Ready for College?

Did you know that it’s possible to graduate from high school and still not be ready for college in the fall? In Oklahoma, high school seniors are required to graduate with credits that have prepared them for education beyond high school, which is wonderful, but it’s best to start planning and preparing for college early—especially through middle school and high school.

Visit to find free downloads of the ever-popular college planning checklists. Recently, checklists for grades K-5 were added, making a complete group of checklists for grades K-13. Each list contains helpful activities to check off throughout the school year, ensuring that you won’t miss important information that will make your transition to college as seamless as possible. Links to the checklists are provided below.

Grades K-1High School Freshman
Grades 2-3High School Sophomore
Grades 4-5High School Junior
6th GradeHigh School Senior
7th GradeCollege Freshman
8th Grade 

Rising high school seniors:

  • Don’t forget to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on or shortly after October 1, 2022. If you wait until later in your senior year, you could miss out on some types of aid that have limited funding. Learn more at
  • Remember that your Oklahoma’s Promise application is due by June 30, 2022. You won’t be able to apply in your senior year. See for the application and more details.