Preparing for college
It is never too early
Although entrance exam scores are taken into consideration when you apply, many colleges consider your high school record to be more important because it gives a picture of your work over several years instead of just one day.
Donít wait until youíre a senior to start thinking about college. Work hard at getting good grades throughout high school. During your junior year, attend as many college fairs as you can. Start thinking about whatís important to you in a college, and look at web sites and collect brochures from colleges that interest you.
Some universities look for an upward trend in your high school grades. Many colleges look not only at grades, but also at the difficulty of courses taken. The more honors or Advanced Placement courses a student takes, the better. But if youíre not an honors student, donít worry. Thereís still a college for you.
|Institution Type||Tuition and Fees||Books and Supplies||Room and Board||Transportation||Personal||Total|
|University of North Texas||$7,660||$1,250||$6,530||$2,064||$1,896||$19,400|
Source: CollegeForTexans.com, based on average costs for dependent students living off campus who enroll in 15 hours in both fall and spring semesters.
You are encouraged to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Recommended Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to your prospective colleges.
In your senior year, submit your application for admission and request that your high school transcript be sent to the colleges that you are considering. Further documentation may be requested by the collegeís admissions office.
Students who might be tempted to take it easy academically during their senior year should be aware that some colleges check for that and look unfavorably on students who start to coast once they send in their college applications.
Some college admissions offices also consider a studentís involvement in high school activities, community service, fine arts, athletics and other pursuits, preferring to admit well rounded individuals.