How to Prepare

If you’ve decided college is your destination, you’ve already taken a huge step toward a better future. Whether you choose a four-year university, a community college, or a career college, you’ll have to do some legwork to make your goal a reality. You don’t have to figure it all out alone, though. We’ve gathered all the best resources to help you navigate the winding path toward higher education.

Choose a Path That's Right for You

  • Types of Colleges: Your Options After High School

    Learn about the different types of colleges, from public to private colleges and universities, as well as degree programs and other options after high school.

  • Reality Check

    After school, you’ll have to pay for a car, housing, and food. Find out how much money you will need and which career will help you get it.

  • AIE – Adventures In Education

    AIE has college planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips to help families and students achieve their goals.

Make a Plan

  • Vocabulary.com

    Our vocabulary website helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.

  • Should You Take the ACT or the SAT?

    Here’s some advice that might help you decide which college entrance exam is best suited to you.

  • AIE – Adventures In Education

    AIE has college planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips to help families and students achieve their goals.

Your Next Steps: What You Should Do Next to Prepare for College

  • Grade 12 Checklist

    Below is a 12th grade checklist of things to do in order to prepare for college. Check off those things that you have done successfully.

  • 7th Grade | Prepare for College

    You can develop a plan now that lists out all the courses you want (and need) to take when you get to high school.

  • 10th Grade | Find a College

    College readiness resources for Texas middle-school and high-school students.

Inspiration and Motivation

  • AIE – Adventures In Education

    AIE has college planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips to help families and students achieve their goals.

  • 40 Reasons to Go to College

    Whether you want to make more money, learn about the world, meet interesting people, or simply expand your horizons, a college education can do something awesome for your future. Find your reason to go.

  • Why Should You Go to College?

    A college education means more options, more money and a better life. At college, you try new things, meet new people and expand your understanding of the world and what it has to offer.

Programs

  • Advise TX

    Through a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities, the program aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education.

  • Texas High School Project

    The Texas High School Project is dedicated to all Texas students graduating high school ready for college and career success and prepared to be contributing members of the community.

  • Texas High School Project

    The Texas High School Project is dedicated to all Texas students graduating high school ready for college and career success and prepared to be contributing members of the community.

College Readiness

  • Texas College and Career Readiness Program

    The College and Career Readiness program (CCRS) is developing and implementing educational standards that reflect what high school graduates must know in order to be successful in higher education and the world beyond.

  • Developing Critical Thinking Skills

    Critical thinking means not taking what you hear or read at face value, but using your critical faculties to weigh up the evidence and consider the implications and conclusions of what the writer is saying.

  • Information Literacy Study Course

    Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information.