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1

Use recommended college admissions tools.

Log into your high school's recommended college admissions tool (e.g. Naviance), and begin researching the types of colleges you prefer.

2

Create a College Fact Chart.

Keep a detailed College Fact Chart of your target schools to help you compare and contrast each college.

3

Cast a broad net.

Have a good mix of dream, target and safety colleges on your target list. Keep your options and opportunities open.

4

Visit Websites of potential colleges.

Visit websites of potential colleges for admissions guidance:

  • Admissions test accepted (SAT/ACT)
  • Average test scores accepted
  • Acceptance of the Common Application
  • Tuition, room and board costs
  • Deadlines for applications, including financial and grant aid
5

Attend college fairs.

Check out this College Fair Checklist to prepare for the fair and learn what next steps to take afterwards.

6

Visit as many colleges as possible.

Use this Campus Visit Checklist to help you prepare, ask the right questions, and help stay organized.

7

Meet with current students or alumni.

Many colleges encourage you to meet with their students. Take advantage by thinking of questions ahead of time you can ask about their experience.

8

When you have lined up your college target list, it's time to apply.

Here are some useful tools and College Application Tips to help you get started.