Originally Answered: Im a freshman in high school. Is it too soon to start applying or start contacting admissions for college?
Yes, it is way too early. People typically start applying for college in their senior year in high school, when they are about to graduate. Prior to senior year, you need to start doing everything that will make a college want you; as an example, do extracurricular activities, get internships (frequently available for high school students), study extremely hard to maintain high grades, and a high GPA (colleges require transcripts from all of your high school years, so this is extremely important). Start to earn the respect and admiration of your high school teachers, seeing as you will need them later on to submit letters of recommendation. It is great that you already know what colleges you aspire to attend; there are many in senior year, about to graduate, who don't even have a clue.
So, with that being said, in your junior year in high school, you will need to take the SAT, which is a basic requirement for college. If you aspire to attend Ivy Leagues, such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, etc, they will additionally require 2 SAT Subject tests. It is important to score high on those as well. In your senior year, like I previously mentioned, you will need to start applying to colleges. To do so, you will need to use the Common Application or Universal College Application; there you will find the colleges you wish to attend, and you need to fill out the forms they provide you, such as university-specific questions, Writing supplements, letters of recommendation, SAT scores, and high school transcripts. It is important in the writing supplement to essentially show colleges what makes you diverse from the competition; it is perhaps the most important part of the application, second only to grades and extra-curriculars.
I hope this answer helped. Best of luck; as long as you stay determined and work hard, you will succeed.