Informed and organized
Whether you are uncertain about going to college or you just need some reassurance you're on the right track, there are numerous good reasons to go to college.
Why Go To College
- Every bit of education you get after high school increases the chances you'll earn good pay. Most college graduates earn more money during their working years than people who stop their education at high school earn.
- The more education you get the more likely it is you will always have a job.According to one estimate, by the year 2028 there will be 19 million more jobs for educated workers than there are qualified people to fill them.
- Continuing education after high school is much more important for your generation than it was for your parents' generation. Today most good jobs require more than a high school diploma. Businesses want to hire people who know how to think and solve problems.
- Education beyond high school gives you a lot of other benefits, including meeting new people, taking part in new opportunities to explore your interests, and experiencing success.
These articles offer advice on which high school courses to choose, how to make the most out of high school, and where to go for help when you need it. Paying attention to your academic preparation in high school makes it more likely that you will be accepted to the college you really want.
Plan your high school courses wisely
Checklist for making the most of high school
The GPA Myth
Strengthen Your Academic Skills
Senior Year - No Time to Slump
Applying to Colleges
Advice from ACT about what you need to do when you're applying to colleges.
Become Familiar with College Entrance Requirements
Register for and Take a College Admissions Test
Should you test again?
Apply to "Choice" Colleges
Top 10 College Application Mistakes
Choosing a College
Choosing a college is one of the toughest choices you'll make in high school. Each of these articles offers some great tips for choosing a college.
Identify Important Factors in Choosing a College
Think about Your Reasons for Going to College
List, Compare, and Visit Colleges
Questions to Ask on a Campus Visit
Make Final Decisions
College Planning Checklist
There are specific things you can do during each year of high school to plan and prepare for college. Use this college planning checklist to keep track of your progress and important application deadlines.
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