There are many things to consider when thinking about applying to college. The links below will help guide you through the process. Talk to your guidance counselor with any questions you may have.As a student this process is yours to travel through, but do talk with your parents to help form realistic expectations. This process may be overwhelming at times. However, if you stay organized and become knowledgeable about the process, the easier it will become. Please keep in mind that meeting all deadlines is critical to your success throughout the process.
Useful Articles on the Application Process
- NYS Excelsior Scholarship- Visit the HESC website for more information and the application for the NYS Excelsior Scholarship
- Princeton Review - A nice resource for general college information and search.
- Peterson's Guide - A great resource for guidance counselors, students and parents interested in colleges, financial aid and scholarship information.
- US News & World Report - America's Best Colleges - Annual report on top U.S. colleges and universities, plus a nationwide college search engine.
- Historically Black Colleges & University - Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are postsecondary academic institutions founded before 1964 whose educational mission has historically been the education of Black Americans. There are now about 120 HBCUs in existence, a mix of community and junior colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and public and private institutions.
- College Resources for Students with Disabilities - Find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.
- College Admission Advice and Tips - Lots of great information on the College Admissions Process! Check out the expert college advice from "The Guru".
SAT / ACT Information
Many colleges use standardized tests such as the SAT and the ACT as part of their admissions selection process. Some colleges do not require standardized tests for admission. Check on fairtest.org for a list of these schools.
Before deciding which tests to take, make a list of the colleges you're considering. Then review school catalogs, handbooks or college search engines, such as Naviance Family Connection to find out whether the schools require scores for admission and, if so, how many tests and in which subjects.
The ACT measures the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you've acquired throughout your education with topics in English, Math, Science, and Reading with an optional Writing section.
SAT Reasoning Test- assesses how well you analyze and solve problems—skills you learned in school that you'll need in college with topics in Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200—800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice and the essay.
SAT Subject Tests - are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge.
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Some Popular Test Prep Sites and Information
College Board: SAT Preparation Center - Information about the tests including: SAT practice questions and tests and SAT Question of the Day. A good resource direct from the source of the SAT, PSAT, AP creators.
Kaplan Pre-College Information - Great information on PSAT, SAT, ACT tests, test scores and what they mean, re-centering, sample test questions, and much more.
Educational Services Center - This center offers it's services at CCHS in preparation for both the November and May SAT Reasoning Exam. Talk to your counselor for more information.
Khan Academy - Free test preparation for SAT
PREP Factory - Free ACT and SAT Preparation
Some popular resource books that are available for purchase at your local bookstore include: The Princeton Review, The College Board's Official Guide, Sparknotes, Barrons, etc.
**Only you as the consumers, both parents and students, can say which program is best style of preparation is right for your ability. These links are only to give options to help you make an informed decision. There are plenty of options out there!!