You can organize the college planning process             in 6 SIMPLE STEPS
   Work   Military   Trades   Apprentice programs   Proprietary schools   College
Remember, decisionmaking is a PROCESS,     not an event.
   Recognize your strengths and weaknesses   Analyze your interests and values   Achieve a personal goal   Increase yo...
Take responsibility  for your future.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSES ACT RECOMMENDS          FOR ALL STUDENTS    English                                                 4 ...
2007 ACT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL  GRADUATING CLASS REPORT
THE BEST PREPARATION IS A SOLID   HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM   Become familiar with the ACT test content and format          ...
Remember— Test scores are only   ONE factor used for collegeadmission and scholarship decisions.
Every campus has a personality.
   Majors & educational programs   Type of school & degrees offered   Admission policy   Location & size   Costs & fi...
   Compile information from several resources:     – Internet/Websites    – College catalogs, viewbooks, videos, and     ...
   Prepare a college    comparison checklist   Weigh advantages    & disadvantages   Contact the office    of admission...
CHECKLIST FOR A CAMPUS VISIT   Meet with an admission counselor   Verify admission requirements   Determine actual coll...
Discuss your chances    for success:   ADMISSION…  GRADUATION…   PLACEMENT.
   Narrow your choices   Review college admission test requirements    (including the optional Writing Test)   Know app...
KEEP ACCURATE  RECORDS!
   Determine college costs   Investigate ALL possible resources     – Parents     – Savings     – Summer earnings     – ...
Don’t eliminate any college because of costs before     receiving financial assistance information!REMEMBER…CHECK WITH COL...
   Show initiative and be assertive   Talk with your parents and counselor   Select a college that meets your needs and...
IMPORTANT!Keep your communication      lines open.
Test scores and high schoolgrades ARE important.However, they measureONLY PART of yourPOTENTIAL.   ACT Test Scores   Hig...
   Study habits   Motivation   Course selection   Placement   Interests   CommitmentKeep in mind…making sound DECISI...
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  1. 1. You can organize the college planning process in 6 SIMPLE STEPS
  2. 2.  Work Military Trades Apprentice programs Proprietary schools College
  3. 3. Remember, decisionmaking is a PROCESS, not an event.
  4. 4.  Recognize your strengths and weaknesses Analyze your interests and values Achieve a personal goal Increase your earning power Prepare for a career and expand learning Participate in extracurricular activities and social life Consider the influence of family and friends
  5. 5. Take responsibility for your future.
  6. 6. HIGH SCHOOL COURSES ACT RECOMMENDS FOR ALL STUDENTS English 4 Years Mathematics (Algebra 1 and above) 3 Years Social Studies 3 Years Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) 3 Years Foreign Language (of the same language) 2 Years Many colleges may also require additional courses in: Mathematics Fine and Performing Arts Computer Science
  7. 7. 2007 ACT NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS REPORT
  8. 8. THE BEST PREPARATION IS A SOLID HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM Become familiar with the ACT test content and format ® Review your PLAN results to identify ® academic weaknesses Learn appropriate test-taking strategies Use ACT Online Prep —ACT’s test preparation program TM Review The Real ACT Prep Guide—the official test prep book Take ACT’s free practice test See your counselor for other test preparation materials Visit the ACT website at www.actstudent.org
  9. 9. Remember— Test scores are only ONE factor used for collegeadmission and scholarship decisions.
  10. 10. Every campus has a personality.
  11. 11.  Majors & educational programs Type of school & degrees offered Admission policy Location & size Costs & financial aid College affiliation & accreditation Campus activities Support services
  12. 12.  Compile information from several resources: – Internet/Websites – College catalogs, viewbooks, videos, and computer-based services (DISCOVER®) – College representatives and college fairs – Counselors and teachers – Parents, students, and alumni – Directories and ACT score report
  13. 13.  Prepare a college comparison checklist Weigh advantages & disadvantages Contact the office of admission Schedule appointments for your campus visits
  14. 14. CHECKLIST FOR A CAMPUS VISIT Meet with an admission counselor Verify admission requirements Determine actual college costs Ask about financial aid opportunities Take a campus tour Investigate your academic program(s) Attend a class Talk with students and faculty
  15. 15. Discuss your chances for success: ADMISSION… GRADUATION… PLACEMENT.
  16. 16.  Narrow your choices Review college admission test requirements (including the optional Writing Test) Know application fees and deadlines Submit application materials (paper/electronic) – Application for admission – High school transcript – Recommendations – Admission test results Know scholarship requirements
  17. 17. KEEP ACCURATE RECORDS!
  18. 18.  Determine college costs Investigate ALL possible resources – Parents – Savings – Summer earnings – Financial aid: scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study – Other sources Secure necessary forms and note deadlines Apply for financial aid as early as possible
  19. 19. Don’t eliminate any college because of costs before receiving financial assistance information!REMEMBER…CHECK WITH COLLEGE OFFICIALS FOR ACCURATE COSTS.
  20. 20.  Show initiative and be assertive Talk with your parents and counselor Select a college that meets your needs and preferences Follow up with colleges to which you have applied
  21. 21. IMPORTANT!Keep your communication lines open.
  22. 22. Test scores and high schoolgrades ARE important.However, they measureONLY PART of yourPOTENTIAL. ACT Test Scores High School Grades
  23. 23.  Study habits Motivation Course selection Placement Interests CommitmentKeep in mind…making sound DECISIONS willlead to satisfying and successful EXPERIENCES.

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