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Preparing for College

If you don’t want to be stuck at your part-time, you are going to have to continue on to post-secondary education. In today’s world, college is a necessity even if your career path is non-academic. While it is possible to make a solid living without a degree, our economy is moving towards jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree.

Prominent public figures, including the President of the United States, have recognized the growing demand for college degrees and have made it national effort to make college accessible. However, getting into college still requires hard work, so take charge and actively prepare for college. Take a look at our resources to help jumpstart your college planning.

Deciding to Go

The first step to getting through higher education is deciding to go to college. Address the reasons for and against a college education. Focus on why you should go to college the many ways a degree will help you reach your long-term goals. Remember that college is a once in a lifetime experience that will benefit you in many along with getting a degree.

Starting College Planning

After you’ve considered career paths, put yourself into a position to successfully get through high school. Keep up on schoolwork and get involved in extracurricular activities. Being well-rounded will make you a better applicant for college and college scholarships. For tips on how to make the most of your high school experience, check out our high school action plans .

Meet with your guidance counselor to formulate an action plan. Review application requirements, test preparation, and what classes you still need to take to me the graduation requirement. In the meantime, start looking at colleges. After putting together your list of colleges, start narrowing down your options and filling out applications. Once accepted to college, know what to expect in college to properly prepare for your college career.

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by Susan Dutca

Harvard students and alumni will testify in support of Harvard during the admissions trial this week, defending its "race-conscious admissions policy" against claims that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The trial is the latest chapter in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).

Harvard University has been accused of "balancing its undergraduate classes to ensure that it had admitted its desired share of students of each race and ethnicity" and also for penalizing Asian-American applicants by "systematically giving them lower scores on a metric admissions officers use to measure personality." Adam Mortara, a lawyer representing SFFA, stated that the university scores applicants in four categories: academic achievement, athletic ability, extracurriculars, and personality. While referencing admissions data, he concluded that, despite their higher academic performance, Asian-Americans are admitted at lower rates. [...]

Professor Sent Abroad After Posting Hateful Tweets

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by Susan Dutca

An associate professor in security studies at Georgetown University who, last week, wished "death and castration" to GOP senators supporting confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no longer teaching but will be "traveling internationally for university research." [...]

File FAFSA Immediately for Best Chance at Getting Money for College

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by Susan Dutca

The official 2019-2020 college financial aid season began yesterday, October 1st, so it is critical that you file your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) ASAP! Whether you are headed to college for the first time next fall, or you plan on attending college next year, you will want to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, as many states and colleges award financial aid on a first come, first served basis. [...]

Last Reviewed: October 2018