Soap Lake HS freshmen and sophomores visited Central Washington University as they begin to make plans for their post-high school careers. GEAR UP has always emphasized the importance of college and university plans after graduation from high school. Through middle school, GEAR UP supported our students with study skills and leadership classes that focused on academic skills and college preparedness. Those skills have now transferred to high school and students are realizing the importance of making informed decisions about career and college.
Central Washington University added credibility to GEAR UP’s focus as they emphasized the importance of academic excellence. The students were treated to a presentation from CWU’s admissions department. “The number one thing we look at is grades” explained the presenter. “We not only look at grades but we look at how they are trending. Are they going up as you progress through high school or are they going down?” The second indicator they look at in a college application is SAT scores. Although SAT scores do not carry the same amount of weight they used to, they are still an important part of the application. Although CWU does not require an essay, admissions encourages applicants to write one if they feel there are extenuating circumstances that would make their application stronger.
GEAR UP will continue to support our students in their quest for a college education through making sure they are taking the right classes, achieving high academic scores, and having the tools necessary to chose the college that is right for them.