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    The Search Is On!

    Six admissions pros tell you how to start finding the school of your dreams.

    interview by Chris Lutes

    tips from college experts on the best time to start looking for collegeYou 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 University—Portland, Oregon

    David Ferrell, Vice President of Finance and Enrollment
    Central Christian College of Kansas—McPherson, Kansas

    Jim King, Director of Admissions
    Anderson University—Anderson, Indiana

    Deana Porterfield, President
    Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary—Rochester, New York

    Bill Strausbaugh, Vice President of Information Technology and Associate Provost
    Messiah College—Grantham, Pennsylvania

    Carroll Griffin, Director Of Marketing & Enrollment
    Union University—Jackson, 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 options.

    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?

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