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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Making the Decision to Go to College
Course SummaryThe lessons in this course provide you with practical advice on selecting colleges to apply to and useful pointers for filling out applications. Use the information presented to make a more informed decision about your educational future.
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About This Course
This How to Apply to College guidance course helps students understand the admissions process and choose the best college for their needs. In addition to providing an overview of the admissions process, the chapters in this course cover each step of the application process, from evaluating colleges to understanding admissions decisions. Our experienced guidance counselors provide you with self-assessment questions to help you determine how to best proceed with your college applications. Applying to colleges can be both stressful and exciting; the lessons in this course are designed to take some edge off of the stressful aspects.
This course goes over topics such as:
The admissions process
You know you want to apply to college, but where do you begin? Learn all about the college admissions process and find out how to make yourself the strongest candidate you possibly can be. Become familiar with admissions criteria so you know where you need to improve.
If you know you want to go to college but you don't know where, you'll need to learn how to evaluate colleges. Our qualified guidance counselors show you how to compare colleges on different aspects, such as campus size, accreditation and academics. You'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to choose the best colleges for you.
Standardized admissions tests
An important admissions criteria for many colleges is standardized admissions tests. In this chapter, you'll learn how to prepare for different admissions tests, including the SAT, ACT and TOEFL. Learn how to register for your exam and see what you'll need to bring on test day.
After deciding where you would like to apply and completing your admissions exams, you can begin filling out applications. We'll help you find the most efficient way to get all your applications in so you won't miss any deadlines. We'll also cover strategies for making your applications stronger.
College payment options
Although starting college can be an exciting time, it can be overwhelming figuring out how to pay for your education. The lessons in this chapter give you tips for applying for financial aid, as well as go over the different financial aid options, including work-study, scholarships, grants and loans.
Waiting on your admissions decisions can be more stressful than filling out your applications. Let us teach you about the timing of college acceptance letters so you can know when to expect the big news. Also, learn what you need to consider before making the final decision about where to attend, and learn how to cope if you don't get into your top schools.
After you've reached an understanding of how the application process works and have narrowed down your college choices, it's time to start sending in your applications. Use this course to glean advice on:
- Deciding whether or not to attend college
- Evaluating college admissions criteria
- Understanding how colleges make admissions decisions
- Deciding where to apply
- Choosing a college location
- Comparing different college options
- Attending college fairs
- Taking college admissions tests
- Understanding the college application timeline
- Using the common application
- Choosing references
- Taking college admissions interviews
- Using the FAFSA to apply for financial aid
- Applying for scholarships, grants and loans
- Examining work-study options
- Determining the real cost of college
- Understanding college acceptance letters
- Dealing with rejection
- Getting on college waitlists
- and more!
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