1. Do well in your classes

College and work should be an exercise of your passions; the work you do in high school provides the skills and habits to allow you to live those passions. If you are having a hard time with the material, contact your teacher. The upperclassmen in your advisory can be a great resource, as well: make some time with them for some one-on-one tutoring before school on Thursdays.

4. Find a school

If you aren't sure where to start, OKCollegeStart is our primary resource for all things after high school. Sophomores and juniors should schedule visits with any university they are interested in. All students should watch the senior information calendar for alumni visits, college trips, college presentations, and scholarship opportunities. For one-on-one help, drop by the library to visit with Stallings.

2. Do cool things

Join a club or create your own. There are plenty of opportunities around the school to spend time with others learning and doing amazing things. Now is also good time to begin your résumé. Build it in Google Drive so you'll always have it, and share it with your advisor so he or she can provide feedback.

5. Fill out the applications

If your university accepts it, start with the Common App. Many require letters of recommendation, so ask your teachers for those early! Print and fill out this form to ensure you have all the necessary information. If you are a senior, Stallings will meet with you the first month of school to discuss your plans. Remember: communication with the university is very important—view any interaction as part of your application.

3. Take the tests

TSAS students have always done very well on the required tests. If you are doing well in class (see #1!), you should not need to do anything except sign up and get a good night's sleep the evening before. Here is more information about the testing schedule for all grades.

6. Pay (as little as possible) for it

Create a disposable email address then create an account with BigFuture, Fastweb, and Scholarship America. Oklahoma City Community Foundation has a large number for Oklahoma students. Parents must fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st. If you enrolled in OKPromise, make sure you are on track here. Ask your English teacher (or Stallings) for help with essays.

December 6, 2021
  • TCC Presentation and Tulsa Achieves Workshop
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: December 6, 2021 - 3:00 pm

    Location: Commons


    Our TCC admissions counselor, Rachel Vazquez, will be in the Commons at 2:00 Monday, December 6th to speak with interested juniors and seniors. All are welcome to join—please speak with your 4th hour teacher before arriving.

December 10, 2021
  • NSU Presentation
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: December 10, 2021 - 11:30 am

    Location: Commons


    Lorance Washington, our NSU admissions counselor, will be in the Commons to present information about NSU's majors, culture, and scholarships for all interested juniors and seniors. Please speak with your teachers before attending.

December 11, 2021
  • National ACT
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: December 11, 2021 - 2:00 pm


    Be sure to print your test ticket, eat breakfast, and arrive at your testing location no later than 8:00. More information on what test day will look like here.

January 7, 2022
  • 02/12 ACT Registration Deadline
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: January 7, 2022 - 11:59 pm


    Sign up for the ACT at https://act.org/

    If you are on free or reduced lunch, see Stallings for a waiver to take the test for free.

February 1, 2022
  • ⚠️Final Admissions Deadline
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: February 1, 2022 - 11:59 pm


    Today is the final admissions deadline for most local universities. Check your admissions page for details. This does not mean you cannot apply after this date, but it does mean you aren't guaranteed a spot, even if you meet the admissions requirements for a public school.