Preparing for College

Preparing for College

There’s no denying that college course work demands your full attention. It’s a balance of independence, self-motivation and staying focused.

Lots of high school students wonder if they have what it takes to not just get into a college, but to do well and earn a degree.  

As you prepare for college be sure to:

  • Maintain good grades
  • Stay involved in extra-curricular activities.
  • Get help and find resources if you struggle with a class.
  • Begin to schedule tours of Iowa's private colleges. Research them here.
  • Meet with your school counselor regularly to ensure you’re on track to meet the course requirements to both graduate and get in to the colleges that interest you.
Students: Take our time management assessment to see what skills you might need to refine as you pave the way to becoming a college student.

With so many options and college brochures coming in the mail, it can be confusing. Who can you talk to about college conversations?

  1. Start with your high school counselor. Schedule time to chat about your interests and the colleges that have majors that match.
  2. Older siblings or friends in college. Ask them why they made the college choice they did; their choice might not be right for you, but understanding the journey will help you.
  3. Parents are a great sounding board. Bring up the conversation at dinner or in the car when you have their full attention. Ask them about paying for college, if they expect you to work while in college, and if they are willing to attend college tours with you.
  4. Search online. Research colleges and email the college admissions teams to get solid answers to your questions.

Stay on track as you journey to college by following the College Checklist for high school students.