Off-to-College Planning Guide

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OfftoCollege Map

This 1-Page guide summarizes the off-to-college steps and tasks you need to get into college or graduate schools.

It lists the steps in the planning process and summarizes the timetable you need to get important planning tasks completed for college submission.

Use this guide for quick reference in your panning process.

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Off-to-College Road Map

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OfftoCollege Map

Use this road map to identify the key items required to getting into college.

It steps you through the college application process with reference links to on-site information

It's a great map to add to your files for quick reference.

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College Planning Checklist

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If you are planning to go to college as a high school graduate, there are certain steps you need to take in order to get into the college of your choice. These steps have deadlines.

The College Planning Checklist summarizes these steps as follows:

  • college prep: (completed in the junior HS year)
    complete an analysis of what you want from a college education. Review fields of study, see what is hot in job prospects, and complete a self-analysis on your temperament for the career.
  • college search: (completed in the junior/senior HS year)
    search for college and/or vocational school programs
  • college admission: (completed in the senior HS year)
    get your application (with essays and recommendations) submitted to your selected colleges
  • college financing: (completed in the senior HS year)
    submit information for college financial aid and scholarships
  • college move: (after HS graduation)
    get yourself ready to move to college

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College Search/Comparison Forms

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Colleges, or higher education institutions are segmented into 4 categories. Use this search form to collect and compare information from institutions that you search:

College Search and Comparison
  • Community / Junior Colleges:
    a small college offering 2-year Associate degrees. Many students attend local community colleges with the intent to transfer to a larger institution to further their education.
  • Colleges:
    generally smaller in size. They offer 4-year degree programs (BA and BS) and many 2-year Associate degrees.
  • Universities:
    larger institutions with specialized degrees in business, engineering, pre-med,etc. They offer 2-year, 4-year, and many graduate and professional degrees.
  • Vocational / Career Schools:
    specialized schools of training for specialized trade jobs such as mechanics, computer technicians, medical assistants, etc. Programs may vary requiring only a few weeks to complete while others may require a year or more. Upon completion, graduates will receive a license, certificate or an Associate Degree.

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Career (Academic Major) Selection

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What do you want to get out of college? What academic major should you sign up for? These are tough questions considering changing economics and technology. So do your research. Find out what careers are hot and what careers are not.

Form looks at:

Career Planning
  • career potential growth
  • median earnings
  • degree required
  • academic preparation

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College Cost Comparison Wkst

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One of the key parameters that distinguishes one college from another is their cost of education. Some schools offer a better education for the cost depending on what you want to achieve.

College Cost Comparison Worksheet
  • The College Cost Comparison worksheet allows you to compare side-by-side each college in relation to their costs for tuition, room and board, fees, etc.
  • Additionally, you can compare side-by-side the financial awards offered and run a gap analysis among the schools to determine best overall deal.

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Making the Move!

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What do you need when you move to college?

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Job Center

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So what kind of jobs are availabe in your study at college?

Let's take a look to see if opportunities in your field are available and what skills sets you need:

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