College & Career Planning
COLLEGE SEARCH

Choosing a School

Decisions regarding post-secondary education and training are critical. Whether a

student is university, community college, or vocational/technical school bound,

many factors need to be considered when choosing a school. Community colleges

and vocational/technical schools can serve as the primary choice or as the gateway

to more education and training. Visiting with college representatives and attending

regional and out-of- state college fairs can aid in this process.


Know yourself and your reasons for attending school.

Things to consider:


 Admission requirements/policies

 Academic majors/strength of programs

 Location and size

 Cost/available financial aid

 Housing/facilities/support services

 Campus activities

 Other programs (study abroad, ROTC, internships)

 Employment opportunities while in school

Researching Schools

Collecting/comparing information on schools being considered is important.

Students and parents should be part of this process. Possible sources include:

 Literature (university view books, websites, catalogs)

 Campus visits (junior year if possible)

AZCIS.intocareers.org/materials/portal/home.html

 ACT www.act.org/

 College Board www.collegeboard.com

 Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges

 Arizona Career Information System - see Planning for College

 Virtual tours of college campuses www.campustours.com

 GCA College Corner resources

 College fairs

College Application Process

Before applying to schools, students should check to see if they meet the entrance

requirements and if they are a good candidate for these schools. Students should

request applications, observe deadline dates, and submit all requested information

(transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements). Applications and

recommendations are submitted electronically. Application fees vary. Many

schools use the Common Application www.commonapp.org Schools prefer this

and applications are processed faster and with more accuracy.


EXPLORING MAJORS @ ASU

https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES @ UofA

http://degreesearch.arizona.edu/


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES @ NAU

http://catalog.nau.edu/Catalog/results?cat=ALLBACHELORS

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES @ GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

http://www.gcu.edu/degree-programs/?degree=undergraduate
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