15 u Find out which of their majors and programs are the strongest, and what the college is best known for. u Questions to ask: What makes this college unique? How safe is the cam- pus? What percent of the students return after their freshman year? What percent of the students graduate in four years? Do most students stay or leave campus on the weekends? The junior year is a great time to make college visits. If you visit colleges during the summer months, revisit any college you are seriously considering in the fall. You want to see a college when it’s in "full swing.” Onceyoustartcontactingandvisitingcolleges,start afilingsystem.Inthisfilingsystem,keepnotesonthecontactsyouhavemade and the subjects that were discussed. Include names, dates, etc. Also, keep copies of all completed applications and correspondence. If you can’t visit a college, you may be able to take a virtual tour on the col- lege's website, or at www.campustours.com. Tip: If you have a personal meeting, ask for a business card and send a thank you note. Consider All Options Students today have a variety of educational options. They can go to a two-year community or technical college, a four-year college, or a career/trade school. Most careers today require education or training beyond a general high school education; however, only about one third of today’s careers require a four-year college degree. If you prefer career-related courses or a hands-on approach to learning, consider a two-year college or career/trade school as a postsecondary option.