Take college prep classes. Academics are the most important part of the admissions process. To put yourself in the best possible position you’ll want to take a college preparatory curriculum. Generally, this will include English, mathematics, science, social science, and a foreign language. Pay attention to what classes you take. Selective colleges want to see that you’ve excelled in rigorous classes throughout your high school years. Also, make sure you’re involved in extracurricular activities. Colleges like to see that you've committed yourself to your extracurriculars. The student who has excelled in the same extracurricular activity throughout high school is a more impressive applicant than the student who first starts doing an extracurricular in his junior year.
Attend a college fair. The first half of junior year is still a pretty early part of the admission process. So while you don’t have to have a fully fleshed out college list, it can be a good move to explore different options. Remember, the goal of the college fair is to learn about different types of colleges and develop your own preferences. Start exploring different college options. At this point, it is more important to think about broader “types” of colleges: small vs. large, rural vs. urban, close to home vs. faraway, etc. You will also want to think about other factors like affordability, majors offered, and extracurricular activities. One of the biggest mistakes that students (and parents) make is waiting to talk about finances. It is important to have a conversation about the financial aspect of college and set expectations about family contributions, student loan debt, etc.
In the summer before your senior year, try to finalize your list of colleges. This isn't a hard college application deadline, but doing so will make your life a lot easier in the fall. Additionally, make sure you’re familiar with the application requirements for each school. That way you'll be ready to start your applications as soon as possible. By early fall, students should have a finalized list of colleges that they will be applying to. Students should aim to apply to 10-12 colleges and be mindful of balance. You should talk to your school counselor before finalizing your list. For most colleges, regular decision application deadlines are January 1st, but some popular colleges have earlier deadlines. Be aware of the deadlines for all the schools on your list. Most students will receive their final acceptances in March. At this point you will know which colleges you were accepted to, as well as how much money that they are offering in financial aid. Generally, colleges host visit days in April for students to learn more about their college experience. We highly recommend that you take advantage of these opportunities for your top-choice colleges.
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If there are specific colleges that you're interested in, you could go to their websites to find out more information about those schools and what they have to offer. College websites are usually very thorough and have lots of different resources. If you're not sure where you want to go to school, one of websites I know a lot of high school students have used including myself is College Board (https://collegesearch.collegeboard.org/home). You can look for schools based on a location, major, type, or what the campus life is like. It will give you information on any college you click on, as well as links and phone numbers where you can find out more about them. If you just want to know more about what college is like in general and the process of applying to a school, I would suggest talking to a counselor at your high school if you can. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I was in my senior year of high school and talking to my guidance counselor really helped me learn more and make a decision.
Getting started with college can be a lot and extremely overwhelming!
One of the ways I personally found to be most helpful in choosing a college was to think about what I wanted to do and then figuring out what major I was going to go with. Once you narrow that down, you can look into schools that are known for that program. You can narrow down potential schools and then compare the ones you're most interested that align closely with the career path you are looking at.
I would think checking out a college's website can give you a lot of information about that school. You can also do internet searches regarding different aspects you are curious about (diversity of the school, etc.) Lastly, calling the school directly for more information can help--they can send you information by mail or email, and also answer your questions directly. Good luck!
I am not sure exactly the nature of your question so I am going to answer your question a few different ways.
If you are not speaking about a specific college, I would say that you should talk with people who have recently attended college. These days college can have several different ages now. Reach out to those different perspectives to see what college meant to them. I would ask questions that you care about - what is hard about college? Did you know your major when you started? Did you work while you were in college? You can ask some of those specific questions here.
I would say that if you are worried about a specific school, I would recommend going online and find people on social media who are attending or having attended your school of choice. They can be valuable resources for information about what happens around the campus - best places to go, best places to work, etc.
It is helpful to talk to other people who have gone to college or currently there to learn about their journey and experience. You can also look at the websites of the different universities and contacting admission offices to get more information.
You should also try to visit the college campuses and learn more about their admission process and orientation, etc. Look at the college website as most will have programs set up for how to visit, etc.