You know it's time to begin searching for the college that's right for you. The problem is, you don't know where to start. Don't panic! We talked to six college-search pros and asked them tons of questions that will help you get going in the right direction.
Our Panel of Pros
Guy Adams, former Senior Vice President
Warner Pacific UniversityPortland, Oregon
David Ferrell, Vice President of Finance and Enrollment
Central Christian College of KansasMcPherson, Kansas
Jim King, Director of Admissions
Anderson UniversityAnderson, Indiana
Deana Porterfield, President
Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern SeminaryRochester, New York
Bill Strausbaugh, Vice President of Information Technology and Associate Provost
Messiah CollegeGrantham, Pennsylvania
Carroll Griffin, Director Of Marketing & Enrollment
Union UniversityJackson, Tennessee
When is a good time to begin thinking about which
college to attend?
Guy: Early on in high school, say your freshman and sophomore years,
it's good to think about college in general. What I mean is, make sure
you're getting the best grades you can get. I'm not saying you
need to live in the library. But just do the best you can academically before
you start shopping for a college. The better the grades, the better your
Jim: Be sure you're choosing a college-prep curriculum. Talk
with your high school counselor. Freshmen and sophomores need to think about
choosing the kind of classes that will prepare them for college.
Bill: If you're able to visit a college campus early on in high
school, do it. Colleges often hold sports, music and drama camps for high
school students during the summer. When you get there, ask a few college
students to tell you about life on campus. It also wouldn't hurt to
pick up a brochure. Again, you're not seriously into your search yet.
You're just starting to look ahead to what it would be like to be a college student.
Let's say I'm a high school junior or senior, and I know I've got to start seriously looking for a college. Where should I begin?