Hey students! We know it can be stressful thinking about college. We’ve compiled some resources to help you along the way. You can also come talk to us anytime — we’re located behind the front desk of the Academic Building.
Virtual College Day Series
Each Thursday in October, Academic and College Counselors will host panel discussions with college and university representatives from around the country.
October 8 – Navigating College Admissions in a COVID World
Understand the admissions process, virtual opportunities, and learn how test-optional applications are reviewed with Mr. Chad VanSoest and Baylor University, Samford University, and Colorado State University.
October 15 – Show Me the Money!
Affording college, financial aid, FAFSA, and scholarships with Ms. Laura Vallen and Denver University and The University of Alabama.
October 22 – CollegeMatch.com: Finding Your Perfect Fit
Narrow down and create a solid college application list based on values and passions, and learn about different types of schools with Ms. Sheila Beckie and Vanderbilt University, The University of Oklahoma, and Colorado Mesa University.
October 29 – Keep the Faith
Learn about the benefits and differences of attending a Christian school with Mr. Todd Pulliam and Belmont University, Colorado Christian University, John Brown University, and Westmont College.
You’re a teenager — you don’t have to have all the answers about your future! Here’s an idea … spend some time on YOUScience. It’s a great way for you to explore your interests and potential careers and get ideas about what you might want to study in college.
CLEP TestingIf you are interested in testing out of some course credits, CLEP tests are a great choice. See your counselor for more information.
What are the outcomes associated with a gap year?
Students like you who have taken a gap year report these benefits:
- Helped me develop as a person
- Increased my maturity and self-confidence
- Helped me learn to interact with people from backgrounds different than my own
- Helped me acquire skills to be successful in my career
- Helped me find purpose in my life
- Increased my readiness for college
How much do gap years cost?
There is a wide range of costs associated with organized gap-year programs. Such program costs are typically correlated with the breadth and location of travel and can equal a year’s college tuition. Inversely, there are programs where participants can earn a modest amount of money.
Are there scholarships for gap years?
A variety of scholarships can be found at the American Gap Year Association’s website. In addition, many gap-year programs offer financial aid and/or scholarships for their participants.
How do colleges perceive gap-year participants?
Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gap years. In fact, universities such as Princeton, Wheaton, and the University of North Carolina are offering their own gap-year programs as well as providing financial support.