How does college work?

Question by Adam: How does college work?
Basically, I want to know everything about college: how to apply, what I’ll need, what I need to by, what to expect…I just need to know everything. I’m in 10th grade so I’m getting curious. Thanks for the help!

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Answer by Marty
I would suggest that you arrange for a visit to some of your favorite colleges. You’ll have many chances to ask questions.

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  1. Depends what college you go to: Some colleges and university require you to take SAT, a community college does not require that…

    1. Apply; when you apply you have to pay a fee with it, maybe $ 25

    2. Once accepted, your high school transcript is required, proof of vaccination, and you have to apply for financial aid and grants.

    3. financial aid is money that is loaned to you and later after graduation you pay back little by little. A grant is money that is giving to you and will never have to pay back.
    1. your parents taxes made for that year.
    2. information of bank statements
    3. who lives at the house, their age and who are they
    4. how much in the house income
    (so basically your parents will fill this out.)

    4. After that is done you register for classes that are required for your major, but before you start you have to attend a orientation and there they will give you a list of classes that you have to take under your major.

    5. After you register for class. they will tell you what book to buy. (Every school has a book store but it is better to buy book online on Amazon because it is way cheaper) example: math book at book store is $ 190 on amazon you can buy it new for $ 140 and used for $ 60

    6. Make an appointment with your school advisor (counselor) he/she will help you make a plan to help you in your future class registration and will tell you in what order you should do everything.

    7. Do your best, and enjoy as much as you can.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  2. This is a great time to start thinking about college! Here is a timeline of what you should do and when you should do it:

    ====JUNIOR YEAR====

    1) If you’ve been doing any extracurriculars, stick with them. If you haven’t done any, try to get involved with something you enjoy: a club, a sport, etc. You don’t need to do a ton of different things; it’s better to do a a few things that you can get really involved with or excel at.

    2) Do some community service work, and keep a record of the hours you volunteer with each organization. Any type of volunteer work is good, but if it somehow relates to your personal interests or planned major/career, all the better.

    3) Take the SAT or ACT in the fall of your junior year. Your scores will play a big part in determining which colleges you can get into, and you will need to know your scores before you can start looking at colleges. If your scores aren’t as high as you’d like, you can retake them again in the spring, perhaps after taking a test prep class or working with a tutor.

    4) Once you get your SAT/ACT scores, you can start researching colleges that will accept people with that score range. Read about colleges online, and in books at the library. Your high school counselor might also have some books or helpful suggestions. Make a list of schools you are considering.

    5) In the spring of junior year, plan some visits to the schools you’re considering so you can take a tour and get a feel for the campus. You can also do this during the summer, but it’s much better to go when school is in session and there are students there on campus. During summer the campus will be deserted and you won’t get a real good feel for the atmosphere.


    1) Finalize your list of schools to apply to. You should choose several:
    — one or two “safety” schools that you know for certain you can get into and afford
    — two or three “match” schools, that you have a good chance at but it’s not guaranteed
    — two or three “reach” schools, that you probably won’t get into but you want to try just in case

    2) Prepare your resume, listing all of your extracurricular activities, volutneer work, honors and awards, leadership positions, work experience, and any special skills or talents you have.

    3) Choose a few teachers from junior year who really like you, and ask them for letters of recommendation. Summer is the best time to do this, because once school starts, they will be busy with school stuff and also flooded with recommendation requests from other students. Send them a copy of your resume so they’ll have something to refer to when writing about how wonderful you are.

    4) Look at your college’s websites and see when their applications will be available. Many schools make their applications available online around August 1. This is a great time to start working on them! They can be very time consuming (especially the essays), and the more you can get done before school starts, the better.

    =====SENIOR YEAR=====

    1) Complete your applications and send them in, along with the application fee.

    2) Let your high school counselor know which schools you’re applying to, and ask her to send them your high school transcript.

    3) Send the colleges your SAT or ACT scores.

    4) Mail them a copy of your resume.

    5) Double check with your teachers to make sure they’ve sent their letters of recommendation.

    6) Wait to find out where you’re accepted!

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