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.
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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.
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.