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College Planning Resources

RHS encourages students to start researching colleges and careers right from the start of high school. Read what you can do during each of your high school years at the Mapping Your Future web site and at the College Board's Big Future site.  Find a match at College 411.  See some campuses virtually at go see campuses.

RHS Counselors meet with students each year to to update their Educational Development Plans (EDP's) in the Career Cruising site as well as encourage them to show their families and use it to start planning for the future.

Resources Online: Colleges and College Selection

  • Cappex  Provides college reviews, admissions games, searchable information on colleges including video, and college and scholarship matching.
  • Chegg - Colleges  Students create a profile and are matched with colleges, graduate schools, and scholarship money; students can connect with other students going through the admissions process for advice.The College Board's College Planning for Students
  • College Connections  Find schools based on career goals, courses offered, and location; includes online degrees.
  • College Navigator  Hosted by the US Dept. of Education.
  • College Preparatory Checklist  by Michigan.gov's Mentor Michigan program.
  • Making It Count Information on college life and going off to college.
  • Michigan College Access Portal A free resource to help with finding scholarships, searching for and comparing colleges, figuring college costs, etc.
  • MyMajors  Find Your Major
  • Naviance  Helps students, their families, and their school counselors organize the admissions process through goal-setting and application management; also provides long-range-planning advice for students' careers based on self-designed profiles and assessments.
  • NCAA Eligibility Center  Student athletes who are interested in playing Division 1 or 2 college athletics should register withNCAA at the end of Junior year or beginning of Senior year. Students should also let their counselor know about their interest in college athletics due to academic eligibility.
  • NextStepU  Includes 4 sections: planning for college, career planning, searching for colleges, and finding scholarships.
  • The Princeton Review's College Rankings
  • Technical Schools Guide  Covers technical schools and programs in the US. Career guides and resources are included to help people discover career paths that match their skill sets and life goals.
  • U.S. College Search  A free resource covering all the colleges and program offerings in the US. We have occupational guides, financial aid resources and FAQ's on all the different programs.

Resources Online: Applying for College

  • Common Application  Allows students to fill out a standard application and submit it electronically to as many member institutions (of 488) as desired; includes charts detailing deadlines and additional requirements of each member school.

Resources Online: Financial Aid and College Costs

Campus Visit Checklist
Suggestions to consider for making your college visit count:

  • Plan at least on half day at each school and stay overnight, if possible.
  • Visit when the school is in session.
  • Bring a journal to jot down your impressions.
  • Take a campus tour.
  • Arrange an interview with an admissions officer.
  • Ask the tough questions until you get answers.
  • Talk with students and faculty.Go to a class or two.
  • Have a meal on campus.
  • Check out the residence hall, libraries, student union, etc.
  • Attend an extracurricular activity (i.e. sports/theatre).
  • Find out about campus organizations and activities.

6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

  1. Location: Do you want to leave near your hometown, a driveable distance, or out-of-state?
  2. School Size: Do you want to go to a school which is very large or will you consider a school where you will know almost every one that attends the school.
  3. Price: Consider how much you want to pay for tuition, room, and board. Out-of-state students pay significantly more than in-state.
  4. Field of Interest: Does this school offer the area of study you want? Are they well-known for it at this school?
  5. Extracurriculars: Does this college have clubs and organizations that you're interested in? Do they provide the outside activities and sports you want?
  6. Financial Assistance: Most college and university programs offer financial assistance.Check their website for further information.Never eliminate a school because of its price tag.Check their financial aid possibilities.

Collect information on colleges you're considering by using a College Comparison Worksheet like this one.