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For Students: Preparing for College

Preparing for College

College might be years away, but if you plan to go to a college or university after high school you will need the grades, classes and funding to do it. And you can do it. You'll just need to do some planning along the way. 

There is help. Your school counselor can be a huge resource, and a source of advice on your future any time. He or she can help you figure out what classes and tests you'll need to take. 

When it comes to getting to college, every school year matters. The decisions you make and the effort you put into school will have major impacts on your next steps. In this section you will find tips and tools to help you prepare. 

On the left side of this page you will find a menu with four choices: Interests, Choosing Classes, High School Graduation Requirements, and SOL/PSAT and Standardized Tests. You can explore any of those links, or move on to the Exploring Opportunities, Paying for College, and Resources sections. 

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