The college landscape is vast, but a little research can help you put together your initial list. Think about your career goals, your skills, and what works best for you—big or small campus? Close to home or far away? Contact admissions offices and visit colleges when possible.
Need help? Connect to a school counselor or visit the College Board’s Big Future website, which has information about colleges, financial aid, and how to plan for your future.
College Prep Programs
College prep programs can help give you the tools you need to graduate high school, apply to college, and succeed once you’re there. Check out some of the college prep programs available around NYC.
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College Now gives you a jump-start on college classes. As a high school student you can take classes on CUNY campuses to learn about the college process—and even start earning college credits.
Each college has its own application process, and it’s important to pay attention to the details. Some schools accept the Common Application, which can save you time, but others do not. CUNY and SUNY have their own separate application processes, too. The process can be confusing, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. And remember, the deadlines are real.
Not all schools require your SAT or ACT scores, but most four-year colleges do. If you decide to take either standardized test, there are many free resources available to help you prepare for and pay for them.
The NYC Department of Education (DOE) pays for all high school juniors to take the SAT for free during the school day.