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Parents of High-School Students

Parents of 11th Grade Students

High school is more than half over, which means college is closer than ever for your student. Eleventh grade is when the college search process really ramps up. This is challenging because your student still needs to stay focused on getting good grades in high school. College admission and scholarship deadlines are early in the fall or spring semester of your student’s senior year. That means your student’s sophomore and junior year grades will be how colleges judge your student’s application for admission. 

Visiting campuses will help your student pare their college list down. While they may have been on a college campus before, you will want to make sure your student takes advantage of campus tours. Many colleges, including UT Arlington, have events designed just for eleventh grade students and their parents.

11th Grade Checklist


  • Talk about schools your student is considering and what they like about them. Continue conversations about career and major options.
  • Visit to learn more about admission, scholarships, and financial aid.
  • Meet with your admissions counselor. UTA admission counselors visit Texas high schools throughout the year. Meet with one and ask questions. Help your student prepare questions ahead of time and let them lead the conversation.
  • Continue preparing for the SAT or ACT by reviewing test prep materials. Register for a spring test date of the SAT (Registration) or ACT (Registration).
  • Visit college campuses. Register for a UT Arlington campus tour.


  • Encourage your student to talk to their high school counselors and teachers about college.
  • Ask your employer and community organizations about potential scholarship opportunities, and begin researching outside scholarship programs.
  • Attend Maverick Experience at UT Arlington.
  • Take the SAT or ACT. 

Helpful Resources online scholarship database