Preparing for College

Preparing for College: A Family Guide


Selecting a college is never easy, but it can be an exciting process that involves the entire family. Choosing from the more than 3, 200 colleges and universities in the United States may be a frightening prospect for a high school student and parent. Because there are so many excellent institutions of higher education to choose, itís not uncommon for a student to feel that more than one college offers the right individual fit. Colleges differ in many ways. The diversity of campus-size, available academic programs, planning, college can be possible for everyone. Below are some suggestions to help ensure each college-bound family is prepared and informed in choosing a college or university to attend.


Steps Parents Can Make for College-Bound Success!




    1. Recognize that education is a lifelong process
    2. Recognize there are many places where learning can take place
    3. Recognize school as work
    4. Encourage extracurricular/outside school activities
    5. Maintain a school line
    6. Serve as home teach or tutor
    7. Provide a constructive study climate
    8. Encourage mastery of basic skills
    9. Become involved in childís school work
    10. Express respect for effort
    11. Recognize doing oneís best as success
    12. Recognize degrees of competency
    13. Emphasize importance of school
    14. Encourage positive work attitudes


Start Here and Move Up the Ladder of Success!
Excerpted from: “Parents and Counselors Together (PACT)”
National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)


Why is College Important?



  • Get a better job!
    With college education, youíll have more jobs from which to choose.
  • Earn more money!
    On average, over a lifetime, someone who spends two or more years in college earns $250,000 more than someone who doesnít.
  • Get a good start in life!
    College also trains you to express your thoughts clearly, make informed decisions, and use technology ñ all useful skills on and off the job and for life.


– U.S. Department of Education
Excerpted from California State University, Fresno

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