Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3415 u Find out which of their majors and programs are the strongest, and what the college is best known for. u Possible questions to ask: What makes this college unique? How safe is the campus? Whatpercentageofthestudentsreturnaftertheirfreshmanyear? What percentage of freshmen graduate in four years? Do most students stay or leave campus on the weekends? Tip: If your child has a personal meeting or interview, he/she should write a thank you note as soon as possible. The junior year is an excellent time to make college visits.Ifyouvisitcollegesduringthesummermonths, revisit any college you’re seriously considering in the fall. It’s important to see what a college is like when it’s in “full swing.” Once you start contacting colleges and making college visits, help your child create a college file. In this file, keep notes on the contacts you and your child have made and the subjects that were discussed. Include names, dates, etc. Also, keep copies of all completed applications and written correspondence. Ifyoucan’tvisitacollege,youmaybeabletotakeavirtualtouronthecollege’s website. Virtual tours are also available at www.campustours.com. Consider All Options Students today have a variety of educational options. They can go to a four- year college, or to a two-year community or technical college. There are also specialty colleges (art, nursing, and business colleges) and a wide variety of careerand trade schools. Most careers today require education or training beyond a general high school education. Only 20% of today’s careers, however, require a four-year college degree. Students can, in fact, prepare for many high growth careers by attending a two-year college or a career or trade school. If your child seems to prefer career-related courses or a more hands-on ap- proach to learning, consider a two-year college or career/trade school as a postsecondary option. These schools generally accept any student with a high school diploma.