This page contains links to college resources that may assist you as you try to determine your post-secondary options. Careers and College All students are encouraged to apply for and attend the college of their choice. Resources are available to students regarding collegiate options, inclusive of Adventist universities and colleges. Information regarding colleges and universities outside of the Adventist sector is also made available to students. Above all, students are encouraged to prayerfully consider their options when selecting a college or university. Careers The overarching goal of GAAA is to prepare students for service to God and man. Students are encouraged to pursue careers that enable them to utilize their skills as ardent citizens. Students are exposed to various career choices via our annual career day, field trips, and classroom instruction. Career guidance is available upon request. Choosing a College The web link below contains relevant information concerning choosing a college: http://www.actstudent.org/college/choosing.html The web link below contains relevant information concerning collegiate financing: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ http://www.petersons.com/ Find colleges, graduate schools and online education programs at this comprehensive education site. Search for scholarships and financial aid. Prepare for the SAT, GRE, GMAT, ASVAB and Civil Service tests. http://www.bls.gov/k12/ Occupation summaries sorted by subjects, interests and hobbies common among students. Written in everyday English we can all understand. http://www.nycareerzone.org/ CareerZone is an innovative online career exploration and planning system designed especially for today’s high-tech youth. CareerZone presents current and relevant occupational and labor market Information in a clear and interesting way, making career exploration and planning fun and easy. http://www.myfuture.com/ The goal of the site is to help students understand the opportunities available to them after graduation, and better prepare them for the choices and challenges they have ahead (9-12) http://www.princetonreview.com/ A resource containing school search information, career assessments, advice on applying for programs, test-taking strategies and practice tests, etc. http://www.eCampusTours.com Virtual tours of hundreds of college campuses. Site also includes a free scholarship search and financial aid resources. College is Possible A resource guide for students, parents, and education professionals including information on college preparation, choosing a college, and paying for college. GoCollege.com This link will match your interests with a college. It will allow you to narrow down colleges according to majors, grades, scores, and tuition. Also provided are online applications to over 850 colleges throughout the United States. Practice ACT and SAT questions are available as well as financial aid information. CollegeProfiles.com This website features college profiles with information about campus life, expenses, financial aid, athletic opportunities and a custom search that enables you to select schools by academic programs, cost and location.
Choosing a College
There are many college choices available to high school graduates. Many students have do not know the difference between community colleges and larger universities. Community colleges are typically smaller and usually offer only two-year Associate degrees and certificates. Universities, on the other hand, are typically larger in size and offer more extensive degree programs, ranging from associates to bachelors and beyond. There are many resources that are particularly useful when choosing a college, such as this college comparison worksheet found on the ACT’s website and CollegeBoard QuickStart’s program, as well as the 16PF test taken exclusively by senior Bible classes in January.
For general information on types of financial aid available, click here.
- Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) — You must fill this form out if you want ANY financial consideration from state, federal, or an individual college. Click here to visit the website
- FastWeb.com — Fast Web is the top resource for connecting students with scholarships. Click here to visit the website
- Florida Bright Futures — The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program was created to reward students for their academic achievements during high school by providing funding to attend postsecondary education in Florida. Click here to visit the website
- FACTS.org — Florida’s Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students. This website has a host of information concerning paying for college. Click here to visit the website
- School Soup — School Soup is a free website that claims to have the world’s largest scholarship database. The site offers students a database of private and school sponsored awards along with government grant and loan programs. In addition to scholarship information, the site also offers career and college information. Click here to visit the website
- QuestBridge — QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges. QuestBridge is the provider of the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match Program. Click here to visit the website
- Gates Millennium Scholarship Program — The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by reducing financial barriers for African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian Pacific Islander American students with high academic and leadership promise who have a significant financial need from undergraduate through doctoral programs. The program aims to increase the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented. Click here to visit the website
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