Planning and preparation are vital for success in college – and it’s never too early to start! As a high school student, you can begin by participating in pre-college programs, taking required courses at the right times, striving for academic success and high scores on standardized tests, and talking with your family about financial preparations for covering the costs of going to college. It’s also important to think about your interests and goals and to explore different majors and career possibilities at every opportunity. Planning and preparation can make your college experience all that you want it to be.
Have you started planning for college? The websites listed below can help you get started.
General College Planning Sites
Standardized Test Preparation
Colleges review a wide variety of factors when considering admissions applications. One factor is standardized test scores. By working to achieve a high score students may have greater options available for higher education. Check out the links for great tips to do well.
Career Information for Students
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a website for students in grades 4-8 that provides introductory career guidance, adapted from the Occupational Outlook Handbook used by upper-level high school students and adults. The site presents career and labor market concepts in an understandable way, with occupations grouped according to the interests and hobbies of younger students. Students and their parents will find the site helpful as they begin to explore and discuss career options.
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success
The Coalition was developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.
College Board is a non-profit membership association founded to connect students to college success and opportunities. The website provides information about admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, and study skills and offers tips for planning for college, as well as a college matchmaker. Comprehensive information about test preparation, online services, and advanced placement is included.
College Foundation of North Carolina
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a nonprofit partnership between Pathways of North Carolina, College Foundation, Inc., and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The website includes information about student planning; the college fair; online applications for admission and for financial aid, scholarships and grants; exploration of college majors and careers; test preparation; and other helpful resources and links.
KHANACADEMY provides courses on a wide variety of subjects – all for free. Students can get personalized practice recommendations for the skills they’ll need for the new SAT and PSAT/NMSQT, plus four official practice exams from College Board.
The KnowHow2Go campaign is a partnership between the American Council on Education and the Lumina Foundation for Education. KnowHow2Go seeks out unrepresented and under-served students and encourages them to plan ahead for college. This website provides students from middle school through high school with information about the steps required to get into college. Students can access appropriate information according to their grade level.
NC State’s College Planning Sites
The Undergraduate Admissions website has all the information you need about applying to NC State University. Create your own WolfPAW account to receive e-mails from NC State and to eventually apply online.
NC State College Advising Corps
The NC State College Advising Corps serves high school students from rural high schools in North Carolina. The mission of the program is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students from rural North Carolina who apply, enter, and complete college. The program trains recent graduates of NC State University, and places them as full-time college advisers in selected low-income, rural public high schools across North Carolina. Advisers assist students in searching and applying for colleges, preparing for college entrance exams, navigating the financial aid process, and enrolling in college of best fit.
NC State Majors and Careers
This website lists the major courses of study and degrees available at NC State and includes helpful information about choosing a major and identifying related career options.
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
This website details the full range of financial aid resources available for students and their parents. The site also offers helpful information on the financial aid application process.
NC State University’s Pack Promise program was created to assist low-income students in meeting their financial needs. Pack Promise guarantees that students will receive 100 percent of their financial aid, along with academic support for qualifying students.
This first-of-its-kind course helps students understand their own style of learning. Upon completion of the course, students receive an “Advocacy Plan,” which outlines their strengths and challenges and makes recommendations to consider and is shared with their educators.