Discover everything you need to know to pursue a 4 year college degree!

This is where you list some information about what someone who is considering this path might be thinking or asking themselves.

Top 4 Tips for Applying to College

Start the College Process Early

Begin researching colleges, understanding admission requirements, and planning your coursework. Starting early allows you to gather necessary materials, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, well in advance.

Create a Well-Rounded Application

Colleges look for more than just good grades. Make sure your application showcases all of your extracurricular activities, volunteer work, leadership roles, and any special talents or skills you possess. This will help you stand out from everyone else!

Write a Strong Personal Statement

Your personal statement or essay is a crucial part of your application. Take the time to craft a compelling and unique essay that reflects your personality, experiences, and goals. Be sure to proofread and edit it carefully.

Research Financial Aid + Scholarships

College can be expensive! To help offset costs, start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. Then look for scholarships offered by colleges and local groups.

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Common 4 Year College Questions

High school students getting ready to apply to college often have a number of questions and concerns as they begin this exciting transition. Here are three of the most common questions asked by high schoolers going to college:

Many high school students are unsure about their academic and career interests. This is really common! Students often wonder how to choose the right major that aligns with their passions and future goals. Common concerns include the potential for changing majors, exploring academic options, and understanding the impact of their chosen major on future career prospects. Guidance counselors, parents and trusted advisors can help students explore their interests and make informed decisions.

Financial concerns are one of the biggest areas of concern among college-bound high schoolers. Students want to know how to budget for college expenses, including tuition, textbooks, housing, and personal needs. Students also inquire about financial aid options, scholarships, and part-time job opportunities. We can share so many resources about how to begin planning financially for college including how to fill out the FAFSA and CSS Profile and how to apply for scholarships. 

College application requirements can vary significantly from one institution to another. Most including completing the application (usually The Common App), high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays or personal statements, and application fees. Some may require standardized test scores (like the SAT or ACT).  Additionally, each college has its own application deadline, which may be early decision, regular decision, or rolling admission. It’s crucial to stay organized and keep track of these requirements and deadlines for each college to which you plan to apply. We can help!