College Process Part I

Research

  • This portion of your college experience can all be done from home, over the phone, or on a computer.
  • Call and ask questions
  • Exchange contact information and keep in touch
  • Ask for help from parents, high school guidance counselors, teachers, etc.
  • Investigate which schools are reach schools, match schools, and safety schools.
  • Have an idea of where you would like to be for the next four years of your life.
  • Keep an ear out for any upcoming college fairs at your school or near schools. Make sure you talk to many school representatives and GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE! Getting your name out to schools and constant communication is one of the best extra things you can do to help yourself get into a school (other than grades and test scores.)

Visit

  • It’s never too early to start visiting schools but visits during your junior and senior year of high school will stick more. The more recent the visit, the better you will remember it.
  • Try to imagine yourself at the school you’re at. If you can see yourself living at that school for four more years you’re on the right track.
  • Ask questions! You should leave the campus with all questions answered. Remember there is no such thing as a dumb question here. College is a large investment and you will hate to have any regrets.
  • Try to see as much campus as possible.
  • If you are unsure of what type of school or campus you are interested in it is important to try and get a feel from each school you visit. Consider weather you want a big or small school, a school focused on athletics, a strictly academic school, urban or rural, and distance away from home.
  • Your high school guidance counselor should be able to help you with any questions you have. These are just important points I picked up through my college experience.
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