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Preparing for College

Looking for Ivy League? Prefer to stay close to home? There are so many choices to make! Planning for college can seem overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources to help you make a choice that's right for you. Whether you're looking for a big university or a small private college, find tools to guide you through the process.
  1. College Prep Glossary (2)
  2. Juniors (1)
  3. Seniors (5)
  4. Standardized Tests (23)

Begin Your Freshman Year
If you are looking forward to your freshman year of high school, you're experiencing one of the most exciting times of your life. Sometimes it also feels like one of the most daunting times. These tips can help you prepare for a successful beginning to your high school career.

Excited or Nervous About Starting College?
Going off to college is exciting! But it can also be a scary thing. Many students worry that they're not prepared for the level of study that will be required. Others worry about fitting in with all those older students. Are you worried about starting college? Or excited about starting your new life?

Email Etiquette
There will by many occasions when you will need or want to write to a college official, a coach, a potential reference writer, or a potential employer. Since it is easy and accessible to nearly everybody, you may be tempted to contact your person of interest by email. Email etiquette is essential!

What Is a Syllabus?
There are a few terms you should know as you prepare for your college experience. A syllabus is a document, written by a professor, that outlines a college course.

5 People to Help With College Preparation
If you’re planning for college, you shouldn’t be working alone. There are people who can help you through the process! These are 5 people you should contact right away.

College Catalog Links
You may be surprised to discover how different college courses are from the classes you take in high school. In high school, students typically take core courses, or basic courses in things like literature, history, and math, that give you an broad overview of the genre. In college, professors are able to zero in on very specific areas and...

10 Ways to Get Overlooked
Applying to college? If you really want to fade into the crowd and be overlooked when it comes time for teachers and professors to hand out those coveted recommendations and awards, you should practice some of these terrible habits. The rejection letters will flow into your mailbox!

Diploma Mills
Do you know a real college from a fake college? Diploma mills have cost countless unsuspecting students a lot of pain and a whole lot of money. Find out how you can avoid getting duped in a diploma mill scam.

Dual Enrollment in High School and College
Many high school students choose to begin working on a college degree while still enrolled in high school. This is possible through specially-designed government programs. The names of the specific programs vary by state, and include titles such as dual credit, concurrent enrollment, and joint enrollment, but they all involve dual enrollment in high school and college courses.

Tech Prep Diploma Q&A
Some students don't receive counseling before they enter high school. For this reason, it's possible for students to choose a high school diploma program that doesn't fit without fully understanding the consequences. A tech prep program is great for some students, but not for others. It is important for students and parents to understand the tech prep program.

Extracurricular Activities
Students sometimes get confused about their priorities in high school, trying to figure out what looks best on the college application. One real danger that students face is getting so wrapped up in extracurricular activities that their grades begin to suffer.

College Fair Questions
Are you wondering how to start a conversation with a college rep? Here are some tips for conversing and getting answers to important questions. It's a good idea to make a list of things that are important to you before you go.[

Preparing for College
Planning for college may seem overwhelming for many families. Every family is different and each student has different priorities. Use this list as a guide to set you on the right path.

Summer Brain Games
Looking for educational exercises for summer? You may be on summer vacation, but if you're like many college-bound teens, you still want to exercise your brain somewhat during the off months.

College Major Quiz
This college major assessment quiz is designed to help you think about your personality and your college major choices.

Questions to Ask Your Guidance Counselor
Guidance counselors are always busy, with demanding schedules and hundreds of students to advise. Make sure you make the most of your time with your counselor by asking the right questions when you have the opportunity.

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