College Info

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High School Code:  363270
Checklist for a Campus Visit
  • Meet with an Admission Counselor
  • Verify admission requirements
  • Determine actual college costs
  • Ask about financial aid opportunities
  • Take a campus tour
  • Investigate your academic program(s)
  • Attend a class
  • Talk with students and faculty
  • Discuss your chances for success
    • admission
    • graduation
    • placement
Questions to Ask When Considering a College
Counseling-An educational organization comprised of college admissions and secondary counselors whose purpose it is to assist students in their pursuit of high education.
"Do you have any questions?"  You will hear this question time and time again when you are considering where to attend college.  Trying to think of questions you need to ask at the right time is difficult.  It's best to keep a list of questions and write down the answers each time you visit a college or request information.  Below are many questions that will help you get your list started.
  • How many students attend?
  • Do most students live on campus?
  • What types of students attend (ages, men/women, minority students, in-state/out-of-state)?
  • What academic programs are the college known for?
  • How many students are in one class?  In freshman classes?
  • Does faculty teach all classes?  Our graduate assistants?
  • Am I required to live on campus?  What are campus policies regarding housing?
  • How are roommates assigned?
  • What types of student activities, organizations, and athletics are available?
  • What is the surrounding neighborhood like?
  • How is security?  Ask for crime statistics!
  • What are the residence halls like?  Ask to see a room!
  • Are there freshman-only residence halls?
  • Can I have a car on campus?  Where will I park?
  • How is the food?
  • Is there a health clinic on campus?
  • Is there a hospital nearby?
  • What banks are in the area?
  • What churches are in the area?  Are there services on campus?
  • Is there any public transportation? (taxis, trains, buses, airports)
  • Is there a shuttle service to airports?
  • Is tutoring available?
  • Will I have a phone in my room?  Voice Mail? Computer hook-ups?
  • What are the campus rules about visitation?
  • Are computers available to use on campus?  Will I have access to the internet?
  • Is the library up-to-date?
  • Are study abroad programs available?
  • What are admission requirements and deadlines?
  • how much is tuition? Room and board? What are the Extra fees?
  • What financial aid forms are required?
  • What college scholarships are available?
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid?
  • When do I have to make a decision to attend if I'm accepted?
  • How much is the enrollment deposit?  Is it refundable if I change my mind?
  • how is job placement?  In the field of study I'm interested in?  Is career counseling available?

Asking similar questions about each college you are considering will help you make the right decision!

 Process for College
  1. College Visits - Selection
  2. Take ACT/SAT test
  3. College Applications - Completed/Mailed
  4. Apply for all Scholarships for which you are Qualified
  5. Financial Aid Form-FAFSA (received Dec./completed in Jan.)
  6. Wait for Financial Aid Packages to be sent to you
  7. Choose the Best Program & Package for your needs
Financial Aid Websites
Junior Year - Pre College Calendar & Checklist
  • Review your high school course work and activity plans.  It's never too late to improve your grades.  GPA and class rank are important for college admission and scholarships.
  • Keep in mind that colleges look for how you spend your free time - your involvement in extracurricular activities such as sports, volunteer work, church or community involvement.
  • Pur together a list of 10 colleges that you would like to attend.
  • Identify sources of college and career information in your school.  Start looking through guidance publications, college catalogs and guidebooks.
  • Meet with college representatives who visit your school
  • Attend a practice program for the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)
  • Take the Early Math Placement Test (EMPT)
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT (Remember to take your calculator)
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid/parent nights
  • Begin to explore scholarship opportunities.  For a free comprehensive online scholarship search, visit
  • Start investigating financial aid eligibility requirements
  • Start planning to take the SAT I and/or ACT exams.  Check with your college to find out specific testing requirements.  Ask your high school counselor about registration date deadlines. (The deadlines can be found on the testing page of this website)
  • Begin scheduling visits to the colleges you want to investigate
  • During your college visits make sure you meet with an admissions representative and a financial aid officer to find out what types of aid are available
  • Attend financial aid nights, if you have not already done so.
  • Start seriously investigating private scholarships and other student aid programs
  • Visit your local library for scholarship books and information
  • Begin studying for and register to take the SAT and/or ACT exams
  • Continue investigating financial aid sources
  • Register and study for the SAT and/or ACT exams
  • Apply for a summer job.  It's important to save your earnings for college.  Be prepared to pay for college application fees
  • Go through the catalogs of the schools that you are still interested in.  If appropriate, apply for an interview and/or an overnight visit
  • Consider taking the Advanced Placement (AP) exams while information is fresh in your mind
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT exams
  • From early to mid-May, Advanced Placement (AP exams are given in high schools nationally.
  • Continue compiling information to find out which organizations award scholarships to graduating seniors.  you may have to begin applying for scholarships during the summer before your senior year.
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT exams
  • Read widely and review your math skills over the summer.  This will help you prepare for the SAT
  • Visit as many college campuses as you can.  Talk with alumni and students currently enrolled at the schools
Senior Year Pre-College Calendar & Checklist
  • Male students over 17 years of age must register with selective service to be eligible for federal and state aid
  • Consult with your guidance counselor to make sure you are enrolled in courses needed for college admissions
  • Narrow your college list to about five schools and request catalogs and admission information
  • If you have not already taken them, register for the ACT and/or SAT
  • Meet with Admission Representatives from your target colleges as they visit your school
  • Make a list of test names, dates and fees, registration deadlines, college applications deadlines, and financial aid applications and deadlines
  • Begin asking teachers, guidance counselors and employers for letters of recommendation for your admissions and/or scholarship applications
  • Take SAT if necessary
  • Work on application essays
  • Visit your top school choices.  Interview some students, faculty, and staff if possible
  • Attend college fairs and financial aid nights
  • If applying for "Early Decision" send in your application now
  • Obtain financial aid applications from your guidance office or selected college.  Read them carefully to determine what information is required and when applications are due
  • Begin preparing your college applications.  Check with the colleges to find out when materials must be postmarked
  • Check on scholarship deadlines
  • Pick up a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at your high school counseling office and/or library.
  • Research and apply for private scholarships and grants
  • PARENTS:  Save your year-end payroll stub if it shows your earnings for the year.  You may need it for financial aid eligibility reviews by schools
  • Submit your completed FAFSA online as soon after January 1 as possible.
  • January is Financial Aid Awareness Month.  Look for special programs in your area
  • PARENTS:  Get your income tax returns prepared early - schools may request them to prove eligibility for financial aid.
  • Check to see if your mid-year transcripts have been sent to the schools to which you have applied
  • Make sure your FAFSA has been submitted
  • Research taking Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) exams
  • Look for your Student Aid Report (SAR) which contains Federal Pell Grant Program information.  Review for accuracy.
  • Submit signed tax forms, if requested, to the financial aid office.  Contact each office to find out what else you need to do to establish and maintain your eligibility for financial aid.
  • If you have not received your Student Aid Report four weeks after you submitted your FAFSA, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 319-337-5665.
  • Watch your mail for college acceptance letters.  Compare the financial aid awards you receive
  • Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline
  • Notify other schools that you will not be attending
  • Watch for important deadlines at your chosen college (housing, financial aid, etc)
  • Take AP examinations
  • Finalize summer school or summer job plans
  • Submit Scholarship Acceptance forms by May 1
  • Make sure you have returned your Financial Aid Award Notices
  • Have your high school send your final transcript to your chosen college
  • If you find you need additional funds to cover your college costs, consider an ALT source; alternative student loan from Student Loan Funding
  • Complete any remaining financial aid and housing forms
  • Plan for college orientation