The College Selection Process
The college selection process begins with you. For most students, college is the first time in your life you have some say about where you go to school -- or at least want to go to school. A well-developed college list reflects your best understanding of who you are, what matters to you and how you see the world. The college selection process starts with your vision of what success looks like. Start as soon as you possibly can. The more information you have, the better choices you will make.
Start by listing:
- your strengths and weaknesses
- your interests, including academics, co-curricular activities and hobbies
- your grades and test scores, including academic, interest or vocational tests
- anything else that will give you a clear picture of who you are and what you want (your goals)
Then start collecting information on colleges:
- You may use the college guides and and other print materials that we have in the Counseling Office. You will also find a wealth of information on the internet. A particularly good site to check out is Xello (formerly Career Cruising).
- Attend College Night in the fall at Kirtland Community College and talk with admissions counselors from Michigan colleges and universities and military representatives.
- Juniors and seniors can meet with college admissions counselors and military representatives in the Counseling Office. Check the daily announcements for dates and times, sign up on the Google form that Mrs. Bonamie sends out, and then report to the Counseling Office on the day of the visit.
- Attend visitation/career days held at many colleges. The information for these is often found in the daily announcements.
- When you are sincerely interested in applying to a college/university, make an appointment for you and your parents to visit, talk to an admissions counselor and take a tour of the campus.
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