Class of 2021
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What You Should Do NOW:
Begin Your College and Career Plan
Decide on What Type of College is Best for You
Believe it or not, your sophomore year isn’t too early to start thinking about selecting a college, or even going on a college visit or two.
Here are some things to consider when thinking about attending a college or university:
Two-Year vs. Four-Year
Some students choose to start out at a two-year community or technical college. They’re often closer to home and more affordable, and they award two-year associate’s degrees or certifications, which is all that’s required in some careers.
However, many careers require the four-year degrees offered by colleges and universities. Research some careers to find out which is the best path for you.
Private vs. Public
If you choose the four-year college route, you’ll need to decide between a publicly or privately funded college or university.
Private colleges and universities are often smaller, with fewer students, more access to faculty, and better chances of getting into programs and classes. They’re also typically more expensive, although scholarships and other financial aid can often offset those tuition costs.
Public colleges and universities often have a wider range of degree options, and are often more populated with more competition to get into major programs. However, both kinds of colleges strive to work with students to help them achieve their goals.
Continue to Build Your College Knowledge
As you journey through your sophomore year, pay attention to all the ways you can learn more about college by:
Attending college fairs
Meet with college reps about your goals and interests—it’s never too early to ask questions.
Reading about college and financial aid
The more you read, the better you’ll understand how things work. Get some brochures and catalogs from your counseling office, as well as a list of planning or resource websites.
Bookmarking websites of colleges you’re interested in
Check back with them throughout your junior year so you get a feel for the kinds of deadlines you’ll need to keep track of next year.
Talk to your counselor and parents about visiting colleges you’re interested in, and create a list of questions to ask during those visits.
Before you go on your visit,
check out this guide!
Which Type of College You Choose Will Depend on Many Factors
- Your comfort level (class size, distance from home, etc.)
- What you can afford (but remember not to get hung up on sticker price—there are many options for financial aid)
- Which college is the best fit for your program of study
By starting now, you’ll have plenty of time to figure out which one is the best fit for you. Talk to your counselor about these considerations so you can start planning your path.
Keep your eyes on the prize during your sophomore year with this future planning guide.