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4-Year College Information

4 Year College Information

Four-year schools include both colleges and universities. These institutions offer bachelor's degree programs, which typically take four years to complete; in some cases, they also offer graduate and professional programs. The following links provide helpful information on navigating the college application process, from applying to colleges and writing a college essay to making the most of a college visit. See your school counselor for additional assistance with this process.

Navigating the College Application and Admissions Process

Navigating the College Application and Admissions Process

Common App  

Navigate your college application journey with Common App. Get connected with everything you need to apply to college, research financial aid and scholarships, and get advice from counselors, advisors and mentors.

College Application Essay Tips

The essay is an opportunity for students to personalize their college application beyond grades and scores. It can also be one of the more nerve-wracking parts of the application process. Use these tips to write an application-worthy essay. 

Parent Guide to College Admissions  

Feeling a little lost?  Use this step-by-step guide to navigate the college admissions process.  Once on the page, click on the Roadmap button to enter the guide. 

College Campus Visit Checklist

Visiting a campus helps you get a sense of what that college — and life for its students — is like. This can make a difference when you’re deciding whether the college is a good fit for you. 

Get the Most Out of Your College Visits

College visits are probably the most fun part of the college application process.  Get the most out of your time on campus with this college visit checklist. 

5 College Visit Tips You Haven't Heard Before

Get familiar with the least desirable aspects of a college to ensure you can handle them. Check out these 5 college visit tips you haven't heard before.

Accepted! Now What?

You've Been Accepted Into College! Now What?

What to Do After College Acceptance: 9 Important Steps

Congratulations on getting accepted into college! You’ve decided on your higher education path and now you need to know what to do after college acceptance? There are a few things you need to do after you’ve accepted a college’s offer, some more urgent than others. But taking care of everything now can help you avoid last minute chaos as you finish up your final quarter of being a high school student.

Planning for Your Future

There are many things you should consider when making your final decision.  Use this resource for a list of things to do after receiving a college acceptance letter.  You may also request a free ebook on Planning for Your Future: 6 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for What's Next.

You Got Accepted - Now What?

If you've received acceptance letters from multiple colleges, congratulations! You should be excited that your hard work has paid off. The next step will be deciding which college is best for you. Here’s some information on how to make your decision.

What's Next?

Congratulations! You’re graduating from high school and about to start a new phase of life — whether that includes attending the college of your dreams, a college that wasn’t your top choice, or taking time off to work or explore your options. No matter what your plans may be, you’ll want to check out these resources on important details before summer begins.

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