If college is one of your goals, start preparing now.

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  1. Get Involved

    Getting ready for college isn't all work. Find something you really like doing, then dive into it. Maybe you're drawn to sports, student council, music, art ... you get the picture. You'll develop skills and be more appealing to colleges (they like students who'll add something to campus life).

  2. Do the Work

    If you expect to go to college later, expect to study now. No one can do it for you. Don't talk the college talk – "I'll go to college to get a great career" – without walking the walk.

  3. Take Challenging Courses

    Colleges look at your grades, sure, but also at how difficult your courses are. They want to see that you've challenged yourself. Plus, if you pursue advanced courses, such as AP, you may be able to get college credit.

  4. Get Help

    Having trouble in a class? Flint Community Schools offers FREE After School Tutoring.  Talk to teachers or counselors – let them know you want extra help.

  5. Read

    Read at least 30 minutes every day, beyond study and homework. Read what interests you – magazines, novels, whatever. People who read more know more. And when you take PSAT/NMSQT™, ACT, and SAT® tests, knowing more will really pay off.

  6. Don't Delay

    You take the PSAT/NMSQT or ACT as a junior (or even as a sophomore). So you have a few semesters before then to take the solid math and other courses that get you ready.

  7. Get the College-Bound Facts

    How do you know all the right moves to get into college? Ask someone who's done it. Get to know your counselors. Ask a career planner at a local college, or a trusted teacher. Do Web research.

  8. Involve Your Family

    When parents or guardians haven't been to college themselves, they may think they can't help you. That's not true. They can talk to counselors and help you stay on the right path.

  9. Look For a Mentor

    If you don't find support at home, look for other adults who can lend their enthusiasm and help make sure you succeed. You might look to a counselor, a teacher, or someone else you trust.

  10. Confront Personal Roadblocks

    If you have a problem that's really getting in the way of schoolwork, try to sort it out. Talking to friends helps. Or look for an adult – parent, coach, nurse, counselor – who can offer advice.


Preparing for College

Tips to Prepare for College

Once you've decided to go to college, knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. Use the tips below to prepare no matter when you start.

Develop Good Habits

Developing good habits in high school will lead to good habits in college, and while a college degree is something that pays off, being properly equipped to handle university-level classes prior to entering college will contribute largely to the enjoyment you receive while studying at a university. Below are valuable tips to help high school students prepare for college.

  • Learn how to take notes

If you are an organized, responsible student, the best way to grow is to develop your note-taking skills. The primary purpose of going to college is to learn proper training techniques and to become knowledgeable about your future career. When you go to class, your college has hired a professor who is an expert in their field for the sole purpose of providing valuable information that will help you in your future profession. Because of this, the notes you take on what the professor says will be fundamental to your success, both on exams and in your future career.

  • Begin the college search as early as possible

Decide which characteristics are most important in a college (atmosphere, size, location, degrees programs offered, career training, etc.) before making a decision about attending college. If possible, visit each of the college campuses you are interested in to get a feel for the campus and find out what student life is like. This will also give you an opportunity to meet with an admissions representative and ask questions.

SOURCE: Fremont College. Blog "Preparing for College: Tips for High School Students. https://fremont.edu/preparing-for-college-tips-for-high-school-students/


Junior High School: College is Closer Than You Think

Right now, college probably seems like a million miles away. But middle school is the best time to start making plans for what happens after high school. Relax. You don't have to make any big decisions yet. But the sooner you start thinking about what you're interested in doing, the easier your choices will be later on. Get started!


Freshmen: College Starts in High School

Welcome to high school! In less than four years, you will be entering a new stage in your life that's even more important than high school. So the time to start planning for college is now, while you've got some time to really explore your options. Get started!

Sophomores: Picking Up Momentum

It's time to pick up the pace, dig a little deeper into your studies, and really focus on making your top choices of the colleges you'd like to attend. And in the meantime, you'll be preparing for and taking your first standardized tests. Get started!


Juniors: Time to Take Care of Business

By now you can probably see the finish line: graduation. You're closing in on college so this is no time to slow down. If you get good grades, finalize your college search, and do your best on standardized tests, your senior year could bring you some great rewards. Get started!


Seniors: Putting it All Together

You've worked hard throughout high school. Now it's about to pay off. As you head for the finish line, make each day count by meeting every deadline and completing every "to-do." From college admission forms to financial aid follow-ups to managing your schoolwork, you've got a lot to handle, but you know you can do it. Get started!


There's no magic formula to make sure you get accepted into the colleges of your choice. But there are factors that help. Consider these as you plan to apply to college:


Take the necessary high school courses. Review this list of recommended high school classes to make sure you're meeting the minimum requirements of most colleges.

  • Keep on track. Consider activities for each year in high school using this helpful college prep timeline.

  • Earn college credits early. Explore how you can earn college credit or advanced placement credits while in high school. Look at programs like College in the Schools and the International Baccalaureate. Also take advantage of Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO):

  • High school juniors and seniors can enroll in courses at Michigan colleges and universities.

  • Flint Community Schools students have access to Flint Promise which pays for tuition, fees, books, and sometimes transportation at Mott Community College, Kettering University and UofM - Flint.


Time to Look at Schools


It's important that your college major is something you enjoy. You will do better in school if you like the subjects you're studying. You also may find it easier to explain to potential employers what you gained from school. Get started on choosing a college with the tips below.


Take some self-assessments. Assessments help you learn your interests, skills, and strengths. Create a list of your top skills, interests, and values to use it to explore majors and careers.


  • Look at your interests to see how they match to career clusters.

  • Take our Interest Assessment to see how your interests relate to career options. You can link to occupational descriptions and majors.

  • Assess your employment-related values to help you choose careers, work environments, and industries that best fit you.

Research majors and type of degrees. Make a list of types of majors and degrees that best fit you. Then use that list to choose schools and programs.


  • Start by looking at majors to learn about different programs (majors) that match you.

  • Read about certificates, diplomas, and degrees to understand your education options.

  • Discover how a liberal arts education can provide you with knowledge and skills to work in a variety of jobs.


Learn about schools. Look at Michigan programs and colleges that offer the types of majors and degrees that interest you. Also, explore schools outside of Michigan with the Education and Training Finder. As you look at schools, consider these factors:


  • Reputation of major or field of study

  • Location of school or facility

  • Cost of program or courses

  • Student body size

  • Faculty/student ratio

  • Availability of online or hybrid (mix of in-class time and online/computer time) courses

  • Apprenticeship or internship, if applicable

  • Extracurricular opportunities (music, athletics, etc.)


Remember, while schools' websites provide valuable information, the best way to determine if you'll like the school and program is to visit it. Finally, check the admission requirements of schools that interest you. Remember to consider admission tests.


Get real-life work experience. This will help you decide if particular jobs or careers are a good fit for you and if it's worth pursuing education in those fields.


  • Volunteer or get a job — even part-time — to learn about occupations through actual work experience.

  • Explore work-based learning opportunities.

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