How do I choose a college?
Choosing the right college for you depends on what you want
to be. Nurse? Teacher? Engineer? In Maryland, we have
all kinds of colleges to fit your personal goals. What if
a community or four-year college is not the way you want to go?
Maryland also has many private career schools to choose from.
So, as you search for a college that fits you, talk to adults at
your school and in the community about what they do.
Research colleges and careers on the internet and at the
library. Ask colleges to send you information. Don't
think it's ever too early to visit a college. Just a stroll
around a college campus to see what kind of campus you like can
be helpful. Some people like big campuses with lots of
students. Others like smaller schools.
How do I prepare for college?
Get good grades in challenging. classes. Start getting
good grades now because colleges look at transcripts from all
four years of high school. They don't just look at
grades; they look at how challenging the courses are. So
find a quiet place and make time to study. Get help if you
need it. If your classes are too easy, check to see if
honors course, advanced placement (AP) or International
Baccalaureate (IB) classes, or dual enrollment are available and
how to get into them.
Take the right classes.
Colleges want to see that you have 4 English credits; 3 math
credits (colleges prefer algebra I and II and geometry); 3 lab
science credits in classes like biology, chemistry, and physics;
3 social studies credits; 2 years of the same foreign language;
and other classes in art and health. To be on the safe
side, talk to a guidance counselor. He or she can tell you
just what you need.
Take the SAT.
Although it's not the only thing they consider, colleges
look at your scores to see if you will be able to tackle college
courses. You should first take the SAT in the spring of
your junior year. You can also take a practice test,
the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), during your sophomore and/or junior
year. For more information about the SAT and PSAT check
How do I get money for college?
Talk to your guidance
counselor and contact the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Its Web site, www.MDgo4it.org,
has information about all kinds of financial aid. The most
important tool for getting financial aid is filling out the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You need this
form to receive State or federal aid. It can be downloaded