Getting Started! Your "Things To Do" Checklist:
  • Decide what you are interested in. What do you want to do? Discuss it with your parents.
  • Meet with the guidance counselor at your high school.
  • Test drive your career by enrolling in a youth apprenticeship program at your high school when available.
  • Get information about technical colleges you're interested in/areas you want to study.
  • Visit college campuses and see what you think.
  • Meet with a career counselor at the colleges you are considering. Discuss programs, your interests, goals, and qualifications.
  • Contact each college for application deadlines.
  • Investigate and apply for scholarships, grants, and financial aid ASAP (look for links on our scholarship page).
  • Apply for admission.
  • Request official copies of your academic transcripts from high school, GED or HSED, and any colleges or universities you have attended. You will need to contact each institution and request your transcripts be mailed to the admissions office of the colleges you are applying to. If you have not yet graduated, your high school can send a transcript of completed courses and a list of courses you are planning to take before graduation.
  • Check to see if you need to take an ACT or SAT test to be accepted into the program of your choice. If so, arrange to take those tests and forward your scores to the college (s).
  • If you have any special needs, contact the college to discuss accommodations.
  • Accepted! Register for classes at the college of your choice.
  • In some cases you can begin taking college courses for high school and college credit while still in high school. Find out more-check with your high school guidance counselor or local youth apprenticeship coordinator.
  • Start today!