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Getting Ready for College

What is College Readiness?
According to the University of Portland, "College readiness encompasses all aspects of your academic preparation, including the basic skills of note-taking, reading texts, studying for exams, and writing essays and research papers. It involves developing life skills, such as time management, goal setting, and managing money. In addition, college readiness requires a level of maturity that will allow you to successfully navigate the abundance of freedom, responsibilities, and opportunities that college life provides. Part of that is knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and taking the initiative to work on areas that you need to develop."  To learn more check out their College Readiness Guide.
College Preparation Checklists
Many people believe that college preparation is something that only applies to seniors; however, all students can be taking steps to prepare for their futures.  Planning ahead makes the college preparation process less stressful!  If you're not sure where to start at this stage, take a look at these checklists provided by the Department of Education!
  • This workbook is a great tool for middle school students to start thinking about their futures!
High School:
Resources for College Research
How to Research
There are a number of factors to take into consideration when researching college options.  Size, location, accreditation, academic programs, and cost are all just examples.  Check out these articles to learn more about the types of questions you should be asking when researching colleges.
  1. Factors to Consider When Choosing a College or University
  2. How to do College Research Right
  3. How to Research a College Effectively
Actually Researching
Many websites offer information and statistics about colleges and universities.  Here are a few reliable sources of information:.