College Planning & Preparation
In order to be accepted at competitive colleges you need:
- A strong Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Strong SAT or ACT scores
- To take challenging courses such as PreAP and AP
- A demonstrated, well rounded student experience; such as, participation in athletics, clubs, and other student organizations
- Job and volunteer experience in the community is a definite plus
- Leadership roles, large or small
- Good essay writing skills
- Find out what the college you want to attend requires for high school courses to be accepted into their program.
- Consult with your counselor to be sure you are taking all the courses you need, not only to graduate, but to be accepted into your selected college.
- Prepare for the college entrance exams and take them early in case you need to re-take to make higher scores.
- Organize your college selection materials, college entrance exams, and essay writing materials. Refer to them often checking dates for scholarships, financial assistance, registration, and admission deadlines.
College Planning Tools
College Search Engines
MS Four Year Universities
MS Junior and Community Colleges
College Board College Search
Peterson’s Guide to Colleges
College Atlas University and College Search
College Source Online - Features over 10,000 college catalogs
Two Year Colleges
Historically Black Colleges
Black Excel - College and Scholarship Information for African American students
Art Institutes - A website dedicated to matching students interested in Arts in college
Landmark College- This college is specifically designed to help students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD gain their associate degree and the tools necessary to advance their education to a four year university.
My Majors.com - A website dedicated to helping students find the right major for their interests.
My College Options
Schools in the USA
U. S. News College Rankings