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This is to help high school students and their families know what to expect in the college transition process.

Welcome Pre-College Students!

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If you are reviewing this research guide, you are considering attending college or a university. This guide will help you successfully begin exploring resources and information about your education. This guide contains important general information about admission deadlines, scholarships, standardized testing (i.e. the ACT or SAT), and more!  This tool provides an overview of the necessary steps towards getting admitted to any college or university and information that should encourage and provide confidence in your efforts for higher education.

Thank you for exploring!

Message from Thura Mack, Coordinator for Community Learning Services & Diversity Programs

Getting Started

The first step is figuring out which college works best for you. The following sites have tools that will help you research and search for colleges based on what programs they offer, their location, whether they are public or private, and more.

Things to consider when looking for colleges:

  • Do they offer the degree you want
  • Location
  • Price
  • Housing

Monthly To-do List for College Application


To-do List


Begin to apply to college:

  • Order a copy of your current transcript
  • Contact teachers to write recommendation letters (3)
  • Begin to work on personal statement for college/scholarship applications
  • You should have applied to at least 1 college
  • Secure recommendation letters
  • Students & parents visit college campus
  • Students should follow up with college on application status
  • Parents prepare needed documents to complete FAFSA in January
  • Students/parents should complete FAFSA by its deadline to get maximum amount of aid (Remember to create FSA ID Student/Parent)
  • Students confirms attendance to college
  • Request Award letter from college financial aid office
  • Apply to college housing and pay application fees
  • High school graduation
*To explore more about government funded Financial Aid, check out FAFSA and TN Promise Scholarship.

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