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Step One: Plan Your Finances,
Cost won't limit your college options! In this Step, you
will find a Financial Aid Worksheet, and advice on saving
for college. A good student can find the money to pay
Video Clip: Yale University and Miami University
of Ohio, discuss views on Financial Aid.
Step Two: Determine Your Strengths
Get to know yourself and your potential college matches
Strength Assessment Worksheet.
Video Clip: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
on how applications are read.
Step Three: Get Good Grades
In Tough Courses
Use the Ideal High School Curriculum to plan for admission
to the college of your choice.
Video Clip: University of Notre Dame on the importance
of the High School Transcript.
Step Four: Make Tests Work for
Learn to see standardized tests as opportunities to showcase
your talents and interests. In this step, you will find
the recommended Testing Schedule for grades 9-12.
Video Clip: Rice University, University of Wisconsin and
Miami University of Ohio, reveal what test results say
Step Five: Excel Outside of
Pursue your passions and let colleges know you will contribute
to their community. The Spiritual Qualities of Excellence
printout will help you evaluate your areas of excellence.
Video Clip: Vanderbilt University discusses the importance of extra curricular activities.
Step Six: Find the Right Schools
Find out how to select and compare schools in order to
find the one that best fits your interests and strengths.
The Comparative College Requirements Worksheet will help you research and compare your favorite institutions.
Video Clip: Howard University on finding a college that fits you.
Step Seven: Read, Write, Visit
Prepare for admissions interviews and assess colleges
on those all-important campus visits. The College Visit
Summary Sheet will allow you to standardize your notes
for each school you visit.
Video Clip: University of Arizona and
Vanderbilt University discuss touring colleges.
Step Eight: Find Yourself in
Their Pie Chart
Learn how colleges select a well-rounded class of interesting
students. Determine your competitive advantages with the
Pie Chart Analysis.
Video Clip: Indiana University and Stanford
University discuss how colleges build a diverse community.
Step Nine: Present Yourself
A well-written application essay, strong recommendations,
and creative consistent marketing can help you gain admission
to the collge of your choice. The Personal Writing Worksheet
will help you formulate some ideas for your writing.
Video Clip: Stanford University on presenting yourself
Step Ten: Choose, Apply, Enroll
Learn how to make your admission decision and your transition
to college. The Admissions Decision Questionnaire will
help you make your final choice.
Video Clip: UPenn says no need to choose a major before
applying to college.