Start the college selection process by evaluating your academic record in high school, test scores and extracurricular activities.
If possible, visit the colleges that you are considering. Take advantage of group campus tours. Speak to students and don't be afraid to ask questions.
You may already have some preferences, to attend a college nearby or go far from home. You will find a wide variety of campus settings, sizes and climates.
Do you want the excitement and cultural offerings of a large city or the relative tranquility of a rural campus?
Most "college towns" welcome students as an important part of the community. During your campus visit, explore the surrounding area.
The faculty plays a huge role in your education. Find out how much emphasis is placed on teaching, research and publishing requirements.
One of the most important facilities on a college campus is the library. If you are serious about your education, you will spend a considerable amount of time there.
Regardless of your field of study, classrooms and laboratories should be of consequence to all prospective students. Sit in on classes and take a tour of the facilities.
Time spent outside the classroom should also be educational. Campus resources should stimulate social and cultural enrichment.
Computers have become an integral part of collegiate life. You should have access to personal computers as well as a mainframe.
A number of colleges and universities are church-affiliated, but you need not be a member of a particular religion in order to attend these schools.
College options include two-year and four -year institutions, liberal arts curriculums and specialized programs from business to fine arts to nursing.
There are numerous all-woman's colleges and a few all-men's schools.
Military academies prepare both men and women for service to the country. Their academic and physical demands are quite rigorous.
Your first year away from home will most likely be spent in a freshman dormitory. You will find various options including co-ed and single-sex dorms. Some colleges will allow you to sleep over during your campus visit.
Later college living arrangements can include fraternity houses, sorority houses and apartments.
Scholarships are given to students with special talents in music, drama and athletics. Churches, civic groups and the business community are also sources of financial aid to desrving recipients.
Students who qualify academically and physically for ROTC scolarships, receive benefits that include tuition reimbursement and a monthly allowance.
If you are an athlete, examine the sports facilities, including the weight room, locker rooms and practice fields.
Sports have their place at almost every scholol. All high school athletes should be aware of recruiting rules and regulations.
Athletes should ask prospectice coaches if they will be housed in an athletic dorm and if you can lose your scholarship due to poor grades or injury.Find out if your scholarship includes tuition, room and board, books and fees.
A successful college career requires a lot of hard work, but find time to just have fun.
Many colleges and universities offer a variety of off-campus study opportunities in both the United States and abroad.
Upon graduation, you will be looking to attend graduate school or find employment. Check the career placement office for counseling and access to the alumni network.