College Preparation

Find information below regarding testing, financial aid, and scholarships for college.

 
 
 

College Prep Announcements

High School vs. College

How Is College Different From High School?

HIGH  SCHOOL COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY
Mandatory & Free Voluntary & Expensive
Time structured by others. You manage your time.
Permission required for extracurricular activities. You decide extracurricular activities.
Parents & teachers set responsibilities & priorities. You set your responsibilities & priorities.
Daily classes are one after another, 30 hrs. per week. Random day & evening, 12 to 16 hrs. per week.
Not required to know what it takes to graduate. Required to know complex graduation requirements.
School year is 36 weeks long. Academic year is 32 weeks long.
Classes are no more than 35 students. Classes may number 100 or more.
Home study is no more than 0 – 2 hrs. per week. 2 - 3 hrs. per hour of class time is required per week.
Seldom need to read, just listen in class. Need to review class notes & text material regularly.
Read assignments to be cover or re-taught in class. Assigned substantial readings … may not be covered.
Teachers: check homework. Professors: may not check homework.
remind students of incomplete assignments. may not remind of incompletes.
approach students if they seem to need help. expect student to come if help is needed.
available before, during, & after class. have office hours for conference.
have been trained in teaching methods. are experts in area of research.
provide students with missed information. expect missed information to come from classmates.
Frequent testing & covers small amounts of material. Infrequent testing & large amounts of material.
Makeup tests are often available. Makeup test are rare; if done, must be requested.
Test dates can be changed. Tests usually scheduled & set; can’t be changed.
Review sessions are done before testing. Rarely is a review sessions offered.
Grades are given for assigned work. Grades may not be provided for all work.
High grades on homework can raise overall grade. Grades come from tests & major papers.
Extra credit projects are often available. Extra credit is not available to raise grade.
Test grades may not effect the final grade. All tests count and can affect your final grade.
Can graduate if you pass required with D or above. Can only pass if you meet the 2.0 standard.

Transitioning to College

How to make the transition to college:

  • Take control of your own education: think of yourself as a scholar.
  • Get to know your professor; they are your single greatest resource.
  • Be assertive.
  • Create a own support systems, and seek help when you realize you may need it.
  • Take advantage of study sessions, workshops, tutorials, etc.
  • Take control of your time. Plan ahead to satisfy academic obligations and make room for everything else.
  • Stretch yourself: enroll in at least one course that really challenges you.
  • Make thoughtful decisions: don't take a course just to satisfy a requirement, and don't drop any course too quickly.
  • Think beyond the moment: set goals for the semester, the year, your college career.

College Planning Websites

Texas Common Application

Welcome to Applytexas!

At www.applytexas.org they believe the college application process should be as simple and streamlined as possible.  By accessing this website, you can accomplish a multitude of tasks, including:

  • Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.
  • Apply for undergraduate, international and graduate admission.
  • Copy your submitted application to another institution.
  • Submit your application essays on-line.
  • Apply for scholarships from participating universities.
  • Search for and view both general and university-specific information.

We HIGHLY recommend that you read through the information pages of this website BEFORE you begin using the site. Become familiar with how the site works and we wish you the best on your journey to college!

Colleges and Universities that this website serves:

  • Anelo State University
  • Baylor University
  • Blinn College
  • Lamar University
  • Midwestern State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Sul Ross State University – Rio Grande College
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M International University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
  • Texas A&M University – Texarkana
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Southernmost College
  • Texas State University – San Marcos
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • University of Houston – Main Campus
  • University of Houston – Victoria
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas Pan American
  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • University of Texas San Antonio
  • University of Texas Tyler
  • West Texas A&M

Another useful site for the Texas Common Application process is available by clicking on the following: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/commonapp.WBX

For Additional Information contact:
Sylvia Lopez
Counseling Services Dept.
(972) 925-3505 or contact your local school counselor

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