So you want to attend college? Thank you for deciding to take proactive measures to ensure postsecondary success! We work hand in hand to make sure all students have what they need to be a success in the college application process. We host a variety of workshops to ensure our Colts will be able to stand out as amazing candidates at the institution of their choice. Worthing encourages students to start early in looking at different universities and institutions. The center strives to have both our students and parents thinking out the college path by holding informative meetings and by supplying information online.
HOW TO PICK THE IDEAL COLLEGE
- Plan early. You should begin narrowing your college options during your junior year.
- Take entrance exams (SAT or ACT). Ask which exam, if any, your college of choice prefers. Take the exam during your junior year and then again during your senior year. See our section on taking entrance exams. Studying or practicing for the exam helps!
- Apply to at least three colleges. At least one of these should be a sure-fire acceptance.
- Visit the different campuses and speak with an admissions counselor. Typical questions to ask:
What is the size of the student body/ campus?
Does the campus have a supportive climate?
What are the academic support services?
Are there special mentor programs for the students? Honor programs?
What financial support programs does the college offer?
How much are tuition and fees for the typical year? Room, board, books?
What is the size of the typical freshman class?
What percentage of freshmen continues as sophomores? Graduate in four years?
What career development is available?
- Weigh the differences between schools.
Location and setting.
Type and size of schools.
Cost of Attendance: Tuition, room and board, extra fees, books, travel expenses, spending money, special clothing.
Financial aid: Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, campus jobs, co-op programs
Admission requirements: Required tests, grade point average, class rank, residency, special talents. Try to match requirements to your abilities.
Campus life: Cultural events, sports, clubs, recreational facilities.