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“Today the School,

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” STEP 2: GET TO KNOW THE COLLEGES Establish a list of criteria for the college you would like to attend. Know the TYPE of school you want to attend: ● Do you want to attend a 2 or 4-year school, college, university, or technical school? ● Do some reading about each type of college, university or technical school. SELECTIVITY: ● How selective do you want the college to be? Admission decisions vary widely from institution to institution. ● On the basis of your grades, college admission tests, and special talents, develop a range of admissibility for yourself. ● Remember, no single factor (particularly SAT), will, by itself, determine admission. MAJOR: What majors are you looking for? If you are like most students, you aren’t sure. That’s o.k. Seek colleges that offer a broad curriculum so that you have the flexibility to change majors as your interests change. Of course, if you are anxious to pursue a certain specialty, such as engineering or architecture, be sure you look for schools with strong programs in those areas. PRICE RANGE: WITH YOUR PARENTS, decide what you can afford to pay. Total expenses vary greatly among schools. Don’t rule out a college simply because of cost. Most institutions have scholarships, loans, grants and jobs to help pay bills. Please note that as a District of Columbia Residents you qualify for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG). Please ensure that you meet with your guidance counselor to register and find out additional information. SIZE OF SCHOOL: Does the idea of a large school appeal to you, or is it fulfilling? LOCATION: 51

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” Local or distant – consider the mode of transportation to and from school, climate, and environment. you will be living there for 4 years. Do you want to be on an urban or rural campus? RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION: Many schools are church-related, but the degree of student involvement and the percentage of students practicing the predominant religions vary widely. Look for a place where your value system will allow you to feel at home. FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES AND SPORTS: Do you want to be a part of a Greek system, or would you prefer a social climate where most students are independent? MAKE-UP OF STUDENT POPULATION: ● Does this matter to you? ● Do you want co-ed, state school (where most student are from within the state), private school (where a deliberate attempt is made to admit students from a variety of cultures, countries, and socio-economic backgrounds)? SPECIALTY PROGRAMS: ● Do you want to study abroad? ● Are you interested in a co-op or internship experience where you can combine practical work experience with education? What other factors are VITAL to you? ● By seriously considering the factors mentioned above, you have completed the toughest part of this process. By now, you should have a reasonably clear idea of who you are and what you are looking for. Now it is time to do some research. STEP 3: WHERE TO TURN 52

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