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Boys and Girls High School Library: Applying to College

College Guidance

Own your search for the perfect college!  Success begins with you...

Use the resources on this page to take ownership of the search for a college

 

Useful Forms

Applying to College:  A Roadmap to Success

Please note:  Before you can even begin the process of applying to colleges, you need to know what your interests and strengths are.  Your  ultimate goal should be to find colleges that offer areas of study that will suit your personal interests.  Once you know what your interests are, you can begin your search for colleges. 

Exploring Careers - you have two options for how to do this.

OPTION 1:

Use the website MyNextMove to take an Interest Assessment here then print copies of your assessment results and your career list.  Review both.  Use the MyNextMove Checklist provided below to guide you.

OPTION 2:

Take Interest and Skills surveys on CareerOneStop to find careers best suited to your skill set and personal interests.  

(See below for a worksheet you can use as you browse the CareerOneStop website.)

Use the Occupational Outlook website to explore careers that might interest you.  Once you have decided on a couple of possible careers, you will next have to locate colleges that offer courses of study in your desired careers.  

(See below for a worksheet you can use as you browse the Occupational Outlook website.)

Next Steps

Now that you have decided on a career, you will need to research colleges that offer courses of study for your chosen career.

Finding a College That Will Prepare You for Your Chosen Career

Applying to college requires you to complete a number of tasks at each of the following steps:

  1. Create a college list based on Fit, Admissibility and Affordability
  2. Complete your college essay and other writing requirements
  3. Submit college applications
  4. Complete financial aid applications
  5. Choose a college and send a deposit

The forms gathered below will give you a good idea what tasks you will need to complete at each of the steps.  Before doing anything else, you should print a copy of the College Planning Calendar and  a Student To Do List so that you can keep track of due dates for each of the tasks you will be completing.  Both these forms are directly below.  Be sure to look at the Sample Student To Do List to get an idea how to use it.

Be sure to check back here often as materials will continue to be added to this page!

1.  Use the documents below to create a college list based on Fit, Admissibility and Affordability or Safety, Likely and Reach

2.  Use the documents below to complete your college essay and other writing requirements

3.  Now that you have both a Final College List, your personal essay written and your recommendations in order, you can begin to submit applications to the colleges you selected.  Check college sites for application deadlines and fees.

4.  See documents below for financial aid information

Miscellaneous forms you may find useful

Alternatives to College

Paying for College - Financial Aid

Scholarships

Check the 2017-2018 Scholarship List below to find sources of funding for your college studies.

Community Service, Internships & Resume Writing

Community Service & Internship Documents

Resume Writing Documents

College and Career Readiness Workshops & Newsletters

Below you will find Powerpoint presentations and newsletters created by Ms. J. Louis for College and Career Readiness Workshops conducted for parents and students.

The Senior Day Checklist below lays out step-by-step directions for doing the following:

  • Applying to CUNY
  • Applying to SUNY
  • Applying to HBCU
  • Applying using the Common Application
  • Applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Apply for Financial Aid (TAP)

Useful Links

Books in the Library