With over 3,800 colleges in the United States, how do you pick the right college for you? RESEARCH!!! Selecting a college can be a daunting task if you have not thought about some basic issues that can lead to a good fit for you. This web site is designed to lead you to a variety of websites that will help you narrow your choices and get you started on the college planning process. The quality of work that you put into your college search will ease the anxiety of choosing the right college for you. This process requires a great deal of self-reflection. If you don't know what you want for yourself, how would you know what school will offer it? Every college has a unique personality, the quest is to find the one that matches yours!
Begin to do some reflection on yourself as a potential student by gathering information about your academic record, your extracurricular activities, and anything else you would want a college to know about you. Students can create a resume of extracurricular activities in their Naviance account. You can also view your GPA and SAT scores.
When you have done your research and gathered some facts, you will then analyze all of the information and compile a list of information on your top 5 or 6 college choices.
Students should utilize their Naviance account and the numerous features it offers to assist with their college search. Naviance enables students to compare their GPA and rank to each colleges’ average requirements AND students who were admitted to those colleges from PHS. Students are able to create a list of their favorite colleges and personalize their search.
Some things to keep in mind:
Use the following links to narrow your college choices and give you valuable information:
Additional Resources for Students with Disabilities:
Make sure you gather information on each of these categories:
College Admission Tests
There will be one College Fair held at Pennridge High School in the Fall. Representatives from over 140 schools attend. This is an excellent opportunity for students to speak directly with representatives from colleges they are interested in or gather information about other colleges. If you are considering matriculating at a college, it is highly recommended that you attend this fair.
Monday, October 22nd at 9:45 A.M.
Students who plan to attend either of the college fairs need to sign up in the Guidance Office. A sign up sheet will be available a week prior to the fairs. Students who miss a class to attend the college fair are responsible for any work that is missed. It is the student’s responsibility to inform their teacher that they will not be in class and to collect their work.
Financial Aid Information
The financial aid process can be overwhelming to many families. Since counselors are not privy to the unique financial situation of each student, we are unable to assist you with the financial aid process. It is highly recommended that you attend our Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:30pm in the auditorium. A financial advisor will walk you through the financial aid process. He will explain what forms must be completed and what documents you will need. This is a free seminar but extremely valuable!
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon after January 1st (of your senior year) as possible:
Some schools also require a CSS profile. Apply online at:
Contact the Financial Aid Officer at the college you plan to attend.
Search the web and the Guidance Department for scholarships that you may qualify for. Some helpful sites:
Financial Aid Facts
College is Possible
Nat'l Assoc of Student Fin Aid Admin
Student athletes should talk to their coaches about the possibility of playing Division 1 or 2 sports at the collegiate level.
All prospective student athletes must register with NCAA Clearinghouse.
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