Think College.

What are you going to do after high school?

Why Go to College?

  • A college degree gives you more career options
  • That degree also means more choices in where you live and spend your leisure time
  • It puts you in a better position to help your family and your community
  • As a college graduate, you're three times more likely to be employed than a high school grad
  • With a college education, you're more likely to have a job that improves your quality of life
  • Skills you acquire in college are easily applied to different jobs in many settings
  • You're better able to make informed, efficient consumer decisions as a college graduate
  • You get paid a lot more: on average, college grads earn 70 percent more than those who don't go to college

College Bound

  • Develop good study habits
  • Aim for good grades
  • Take college preparatory courses in middle and high school
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities, volunteer
  • Tell your parents, teachers, Club staff or an adult you respect that you want to go to college
  • Talk with a college graduate
  • Visit your guidance counselor
  • Attend a college fair
  • Research colleges that fit your interests, budget, location, etc.
  • Visit a college campus to see what it's really like
  • Take the PSAT and SAT or ACT early
  • Research scholarships, college work-study programs and financial aid
  • Get letters of recommendation
  • Create a portfolio of your best papers and projects, report cards, jobs and volunteer experiences, awards and honors
  • Talk with people in career fields that you are interested in
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