- Throughout this tutorial we will focus on what students may need to do in the junior and senior years of high school.
- We will begin with the junior year and move into senior year taking a step-by-step look at how to prepare for college.
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- Definition of Terms
- GPA – Grade Point Average - This number represents what grades a student usually gets.
- ACT - The ACT is a college admission test that has English, Math, Reading, and Science subject tests, for more information, Click Here.
- College - Refers to higher education that continues after high school. There are both 2-year and 4-year colleges, and they can be trade schools, nursing schools, or universities.
Types of Colleges
- 2 – year colleges
- After you finish, you will receive what is called an “associates degree” or a “technical degree.” Your options after receiving you degree are to continue your education by transferring to a four-year college or to enter the work force. Two-year colleges allow you to enter the work force more competitively than with just a high school diploma
- 4 – year colleges and universities
- After you finish, you will get a “bachelors degree.” Your options after receiving a bachelors degree are to continue your eduction by pursuing a master's degree and/or doctoral degree or to enter the work force.
- Public colleges
- These colleges are usually less expensive because the government provides money to public colleges to help keep costs low and provide financial assistance for students.
- Private colleges
- These colleges are usually more expensive. Many private schools are created to serve a specific population or purpose, such as being single-sex schools or religious schools. The money for these schools comes from tuition, private companies and people who donate to private colleges.
- To find out more about different colleges, visit http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
Overview: Academic, Financial, and Social Factors in Choosing a College
- Academic Factors
- High School
- Review your GPA and how to raise it
- The ACT
- Review your score and what it means
- Financial Factors
- How to apply for loans, scholarships, and grants
- Social Factors
- How to choose a college environment that fits you