• Categorize school choices by your top picks that are attainable for you academically and that you can afford.
  • Choose schools that are a good fit, based on your academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, location and financial aid.
  • Check to see if the schools you are interested in accept the Common Application.
  • What do you hope to achieve in college?
  • Check out http://campustours.com

Questions to ask on your college visits:

  1. How many students apply each year to the school, and how many are accepted?
  2. What is the average GPA, ACT and/or SAT scores for students accepted?
  3. Does the school give credit for the college courses you took at PCS?
  4. Are freshmen courses taught by professors or teaching assistants?
  5. What is the teacher to student ratio?
  6. When is it necessary to declare a major?
  7. What is the average class size?
  8. What kind of internships/job placement programs are available for students?
  9. What programs and depth of study are available in my areas of interest?
  10. Does the school's location suite my needs and preferences?
  11. What type of tutoring program do you have?
  12. Do you have a writing/study center and how do I access it?
  13. What kind of learning disability resources do you have?
  14. What kind of dorm choices are there?
  15. How many students live on campus?
  16. What activities are offered to students?
  17. What health care, counseling and other wellness opportunities are available?
  18. What is the campus safety like?
  19. What's the food like?
  20. Are work-study programs of interest to you?