College Info

Preparing for College – Grade by Grade

Grade 7

  • Explore your interests. Get involved in a club or sport to learn more about your likes and dislikes.
  • Learn about different careers and what educational background is expected.
  • Develop strong organizational skills and schoolwork habits.

Grade 8

  • Do your best in your current classes – they set the stage for your course options in Grade 9.
  • Try a new activity. Keep learning more about your likes and dislikes.
  • Explore different careers and majors and see how they match with your likes and dislikes.
  • Set your goals for the types of classes you want to take in high school.

Grade 9

  • Make the most out of your high school courses. Learn about the prerequisites for future courses and set yourself on the best path to reach your goals.
  • Join/continue extracurricular activities, including community service.
  • Begin a resume to keep track of the different activities and service that you do and any awards that you receive throughout your high school career.

Grade 10

  • Continue to take and plan challenging courses.
  • Explore different career possibilities.
  • Start collecting college information.
  • Start visiting colleges and taking with college students.
  • Attend College Day.
  • If you’re thinking about playing college athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Grade 11

  • Take the PSAT in the fall and register for the SAT or ACT in the winter or spring.
  • Continue to take and plan challenging courses.
  • Talk with your parents and counselor about colleges and majors that interest you.
  • Continue to visit colleges and talk with college students.
  • Get a part-time job, internship, or job shadow in a profession that interests you.
  • Narrow down the list of colleges that you want to apply to.
  • Attend College Day.
  • Visit with admissions counselors who come to school.

Grade 12

  • Keep working hard all year.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or community members early on.
  • Write a thank-you note to all who wrote you a recommendation letter.
  • Write your college essay(s).
  • Visit with admissions counselors who come to school.
  • Check in the guidance office regularly for scholarship opportunities.
  • Learn about the application processes for each college that you want to apply to.

College Search
A great site to help with the college search process and identifying college information.

Links to Local Colleges

Binghamton University
State University of New York at Binghamton; offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Broome Community College
Broome Community is a local 2-year college offering Associate’s degrees in various disciplines.

New York State: Department of Education
Good places to start looking for information on education at all levels in New York.

New York’s Private Colleges & Universities
Information about more than 100 private colleges and universities in New York.
Links to information about summer camps for academics, the arts, and sports at various college campuses in New York state. Listed by program, college, and location.

College Informational Links

Campus Tours
Virtual college tours via the web.

Catholic College Search
Lists Catholic colleges in the United States with searching by various criteria, and information about preparing for college, financial aid, college search tips, etc.

College and University Rankings
Information about how different groups rank colleges and universities, and links to rankings.
Information about preparing for college, selecting and applying for colleges and, especially, financial aid information. From Sallie Mae.
Topics from choosing a college through the application process and financial aid.
Services from the College Board regarding admissions, placement, financial aid (scholarship search), and college and career searches.

Information about applying to college, paying for college, and scholarships.

This site facilitates searching for colleges using criteria such as geography, tuition, and enrollment, and provides financial aid and scholarship links.
Find profiles of various colleges.

College Search
“A free on-line college review that compares colleges, including college degrees offered, college majors available, college grants, scholarships and college loans, and on-line college courses and degrees.”

The Common Application
Over 600 schools accept this common application; many allow online filing of the forms as well.

Directory of Technical Colleges & Vocational Tech Schools
“Directory for students and professionals searching for technical & vocational schools and colleges in the United States.”
Created by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist with career exploration.

Peterson’s Planner
A classic site for “college and graduate school planning, test preparation, financial aid, career advancement.”

New York’s Private Colleges & Universities Admissions & Financial Aid
Resources for New York’s 100+ private colleges and universities

Princeton Review: College Education
Search college databases, find information about the SAT, the PSAT, and ACT exams, examine financial aid, and peruse links to other sites.
Site created by the U.S. Department of Education to assist students and families with the college search and financial aid processes.

“Unigo is a new platform for high school and college students to collaborate and share information about their college experiences.”

A free texting tool that offers personalized support on all things college access: college search and application, federal student aid, and loan repayment information.

US News: World’s Best Colleges and Universities
Rankings, advice, and tools for students approaching college.

Admission to Catholic Schools of Broome County is the first step on a journey toward personal success.