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Going to college can be a lot easier if you know what you need to do. Get a jump on the process by knowing which high school classes to take, activities you should participate in, and people you should talk to. View the information below for tips on how to be prepared and how to get started.
There are many resources to help students prepare for and get a jump start on college. The following options are available at USU Eastern.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP is designed to prepare students for college beginning with experiences in the 7th grade.GEAR UP
Upward Bound Provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.Upward Bound
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways are a method of searching for a career that fits a student’s interests and lifestyle, and allowing him or her to build academic courses around it. Pathways ensure that students will be prepared to take advantage of the full range of postsecondary options, including on-the-job training, certification programs and two- four-year college degrees.CTE Pathways
Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses. These courses are taught at the high school by approved instructors, streamed to the high school over USU's interactive broadcast system, or, when circumstances permit, students may attend classes on campus. Concurrent enrollment courses allow the student to earn high school and college credit at the same time.Concurrent Enrollment
Advanced Placement (AP) examinations are offered to high school students to earn college credit. A number of examinations are available in areas such as English, History, Math, Chemistry, and Physics.Credit by Examination
The Skills Learning Lab provides open-entry/open-exit learning opportunities. Courses are non-credit and can be completed at your own pace. The Skills Lab offers a variety of college preparation courses.College Prep Courses
Challenge Yourself in High School
Students who take high-level courses in high school, are more likely to enroll in college and earn a degree. Most colleges require students to complete:
- English - Four years emphasizing composition/literature
- Math - Three years selected from elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, trigonometry, college or advanced algebra, or calculus (strongly recommended that students take up to at least trigonometry).
- Biological/Physical Science - Three science courses that meet either state or local graduation requirements. At least one course should provide a laboratory experience.
- American History - One year.
- Foreign Language - Two years recommended of the same foreign language
These courses are a minimum. Aim to take four years of Math and Science. Also consider taking Honors and AP courses and two years of a foreign language.
Take the ACT
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions. The ACT will help determine scholarship eligibility as well as course placement. Take the ACT your junior or senior year of high school. See the Testing Center for more information regarding the ACT.
Visit with your College Advisor
They have all the information you need about college, and if they don't, they can get it to you. Get to know them by making appointments to discuss your interests. Ask them to help you choose college prep classes. Visit USU Eastern Academic Advising for contact information.
Be Serious About School
Take classes that are challenging. Take electives, but not too many. Focus on core subject areas, such as Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Languages. During your junior and senior years, you should take classes that show you are advancing, and doing well. Junior year is the time to bring up your grades before you apply to college. Senior year is about keeping up your grades.
Develop Good Study Habits
High school is the perfect time to hone your study skills. Learn to take effective notes, review study guides, and read course assigned materials. Practice your listening and communication skills.
General Education Development Test
If you have not received a high school diploma you may complete the GED exam. Passing the GED test is the equivalent of getting your high school diploma. For details visit the Testing Center
Complete Placement Testing
USU Eastern students must complete testing for placement in math and English courses. Placement tests such as the ACT or ACCUPLACER may be completed at the Testing Center. For details visit Placement Testing.
Refresh your Academic Skills
USU Eastern's Center for Workforce Development Skills Lab offers courses to help students enhance academic readiness such as writing, communications, math and computer skills.
USU Eastern offers Student Success Workshops each semester as well as Tutoring Services. Be sure to take advantage of these resources.
Believe in Yourself
Many students who go or return to college after a length of time find themselves overwhelmed or doubtful of their abilities. Don't be! Some of the best college students are just like you! Your life experience and maturity can be a great asset to your instructors and fellow students.
Often paying for college can be challenging, however there are many resources and opportunities out there that many fail to take advantage of simply because they did not take the time to look. Grants, loans, scholarships and work study offer a myriad of opportunities. Don't bypass going to college because you think you cannot afford it.
College grants are a type of needs-based financial aid. Grants are like scholarships, they provide students with financial aid that they are not required to repay.
A student loan is designed to help students pay for college expenses. The interest rate may be substantially lower and the repayment schedule may be deferred while the student is still in school.
Work study jobs are partially funded by the state or federal government. Your eligibility for the work-study program is determined by financial need.USU Eastern Financial Aid
A scholarship is a financial award given to a student on the basis of high school academics, achievement and promise. Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarships can be awarded from the institution you plan to attend or awarded by a private organization that may allow you to use the funds at any college or university.USU Eastern Scholarships