Tips, Tricks and Techniques for getting into the
college or university of your choice
 
Getting into your college of choice can be a daunting task. More and more students are competing to get into  colleges and that has caused colleges and universities to become more selective in their admissions process. The objective of this page is to give the high school freshman student an introduction to ideas on preparations needed to get a head start to obtaining entrance into the college or university of their choice. Develop a plan that especially includes good grades and good scores on college entrance exams. Include in your plan an activity, a sport and demonstration of leadership qualities. Also consider the alternative, attending the local junior college. Do your best at the junior college to demonstrate that you are capable of doing the work and making good grades.
 
...  The Topics  ...
 
What to Study
Where to Study
Getting in College
The Money
Useful Links
 

What do you want to study?
    Do you have a special interest that you want to pursue?
    Do you have a hobby that would be a good career choice?
    Is your career choice following a family tradition?
    Are you undecided on a course of study?
 

 
Where do you want to go to school?
    This could depend on the subject.
    This could depend on the environment (physical/social).
    This could depend on the convenience or money.
    Go visit the schools.  

What are the requirements to get into your choice of school(s)?
    How are your grades?
    What are your scores on the ACT or SAT?
    Do you have any special interests or skills?
    How is you community service record?
 

What is the cost of obtaining a degree?
    How much does college cost?
    How will my education be financed?
    Where is the money coming from?
     Consider off campus housing.  

Links

    Best Schools USA  - Advice on college admissions   
   College Link  - Application process, tips for interviewing
    College Bound   - College tours, general college life
   CollegeNet   - College searches by topic, college resources
    College Park Communities - Living complexes for the college student
   Campus Security  - Campus Safety, U.S. Department of Education web site
    College Toolkit  -  source for a lot of good tips for college
   Campus Tours  - The source for virtual college tours
    College View   - Career Center,  College Search, Financial Aid
    College for Texans   - Preparing and paying for college
    Go College  - College searches, scholarship searches, financial aid tips   
   National Center for Education Statistics   - Links to schools, search engines based on your criteria
   Salary.com   - Salary estimates for various jobs/locations
    The Princeton Review   - School match, practice tests, paying for college
    U.S. News   - College ranking and comparison information   
    wiredscholar.com   - College searches, paying for college, test preparation, planing advice

College Testing
   ACT - American College Testing
    SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test

School Financial Aid Links
    College Board - Scholarship and Grants for good students
    College Funding Solutions
    College Savings Plan Network's Page - State college saving plans BUT use with caution!
    FAFSA on the Web - U. S. Department of Education, free application for federal student aid
    Fastweb Scholarship Search
     Federal Student Aid Help
    Financial Aid Information Page  
    Financial Aid Supersite   -  Truth, opinions, sources about finacial aid
    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
    Office of Post secondary Education - Contains facts on every kind of federal student loan
    Sallie Mae - Provides financial help
     Scholarship Search
     Texas Grant Program