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College Planning

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.

Academic Preparation

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.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

ACT Educational Opportunity Service

  • ACT’s Educational Opportunity Service (EOS) is a FREE service for students. You’ll have an opportunity to opt-in every time you register to take the ACT.
  • Learn about educational, scholarship, career, and financial aid opportunities. It is never too early to start exploring your options.
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