Helpful Tools

There’s a lot to understand about college admissions. Early in high school you can become familiar with the process by staying up to date on the latest news. Read newspaper and magazine articles, and college admissions blogs too. Get comfortable in your guidance counselor’s office. Get to know your counselor and the office staff as well. Learn what their office has to offer and take in everything you can learn from them.

Juniors, as the time approaches for you to begin to think more specifically about college admissions, you will be more focused on college research and what type of schools appeal to you. While this process may feel a bit overwhelming, here are some helpful resources to help you to get started:

  • College guide books including Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review and Barrons, which will help you to get a general outline of a school’s offerings and stats.
  • College and university websites offer virtual tours and specifics about a school.
  • College admissions blogs will catch you up on the latest news and topics in the college admissions world.
  • Newspapers and magazines may have interesting feature articles as well as news.
  • Your guidance counselor is a great resource; make use of his or her knowledge and understanding of admissions. Make an appointment soon to get started.
  • Your family knows you best— ask for their input.
  • Net Price Calculator is the US Department of Education’s online tool to help you understand the real price of attending college, it’s available on every school’s website.

While you make use of these resources, keep in mind key factors to help you focus your search: school size and setting, distance from home, academic programs, cost to attend, personality of the school and your chances of admission.

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