1. Decide on the kind of school you’d like to attend, and what you’d like to study.
There are lots of different types of schools – technical schools, liberal arts colleges, research universities, apprenticeship programs. What are you looking for in a school? Do you want to live in a dorm room and do research in a lab? Or do you want to spend the least amount of time you can in a classroom and get into the job market quickly? There are a lot of websites that can help you figure out what you want and where to find it – The College Board is one great place to start.
2. Look at college websites and take campus tours.
Now that you know what you want to study, start looking at websites and walking around campus to see if the school has everything you’re looking for. Most schools allow you to visit any day of the week. At Columbia College, you can set up a visit on our website .
3. Take the ACT.
Scoring well on the ACT can get you into your dream school and also potentially qualify you for more scholarship money. The scores range from 1-36, and the average score is 21-22. To be automatically accepted into Columbia College, you’ll need a 21 on your ACT. Each school has their own requirements, so be sure to check with each one you’re applying to. It costs $35 to take the test, but if you qualify for free or reduced lunch or are in foster care you may be able to take it for free – just ask your guidance counselor! You can register online at the ACT website.
Most schools prefer that you apply online, and will ask you to pay a small application fee. The good news is that a lot of schools will waive this fee if you apply after taking a campus tour, or if you apply before a certain date. Make sure to ask your admissions counselor what their policy is! Columbia College waives the application fee if you apply before January 1 for the following fall semester.
5. Have your high school mail your grades and test scores to the college.
Your school has a designated person to send out all student transcripts. Usually this person is in the counseling office. Without your grades or ACT scores, colleges won’t be able to review you and let you know if you were accepted or not, so send those in ASAP! If you are taking any dual enrollment classes, be sure to have the college you are taking them at send those grades in too.
6. Check your email often and be sure to contact your admissions counselor with any questions.
After you’ve sent in your application, test scores, and transcripts, the next step is to wait for your admissions decision! Be on the look out for a letter in the mail, an email, or a phone call letting you know if you’ve been accepted.
Any questions? Feel free to contact Columbia College’s Admissions office at any time! Phone: 1 800 231 2391. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org