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The process of preparing and applying for college can be an intimidating and confusing process. This is why it is very important to learn as much as you can about the basics of preparing and applying for college. The more you know about your options and the application process; you can make an informed decision about your educational and career goals.

Throughout this document, the word "college" is used to refer to all post secondary institutions--technical colleges, junior colleges, community colleges, other two-year colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.

Step 1: College Basics
The college preparation and application process is relatively simple, once you familiarize yourself with the college basics.
Topics to help you understand college basics:
Why attend college?
Types of Post secondary Schools
Types of Degrees
College Admission Terms
Step 2: Preparing for College
In order to improve your chances of being admitted to a college of your choice, you need to prepare for college academically and outside the classroom.
Steps to help you prepare for college::
Questions to ask guidance counselors.
Recommended High School Courses
Courses for College-Bound Students
Prepare for college outside the classroom
Step 3: Choosing a College
Choosing a college that meets your individual needs, educational and career goals is not an easy task and is an important decision to make.
Topics to help you choose a college:
Self Assessment
How to research your career field.
Educational and Training Requirements
Employment sectors and employers
Step 4: College Choices
Now that you have identified your career choice, your next step is to select a school that match your needs.
Topics to help you understand your choices:
Types of Post-Secondary Schools
How to choose a school
College Costs
Financial Aid
Step 5: Applying for College
There are numerous steps you must take to complete and submit your college application in a timely fashion.
Steps to help you complete your application(s):
Admissions Process
Supporting Documents
How to create a competitive application.
The College Interview
Step 6: FREE Downloads
There are various worksheets available for you to download to help you stay organized.
Download Free Worksheets and Track Form

Most parts of the College Preparation channel were written by Sedgwick Hines. However, some parts were reprinted from “Preparing Your Child For College: 2000 Edition” which is published by The U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary, Washington, D.C., 2000. Parts that are reprinted will be noted at the bottom of each article.

The U.S. Department of Education publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students, and others with a stake in education. You will find many of these publications at http://www.ed.gov/about/pubs.jsp.


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