Choosing where your child will attend college can be overwhelming. We are here to help! Set aside time to read through and answer the following information. You will discover colleges that reflect your child’s goals, needs and interests.
Throughout Sarasota County Schools, there are many resources available to help with the decision-making process and transition into college. Talk to your child's school counselor about websites, books, College/Career Centers, college fairs, rep visits, campus tours and more to help discover the right match.
What to Look for in a College
- College majors that interest you
- What kind of campus experience are you seeking
- What size campus and programs are the best fit for you
- Extracurricular opportunities
- Housing available
- Tuition rates and financial aid available
Once you have thought about the topics above, compose a list of colleges that have as many of your priorities as possible.
- For most Florida public universities, the application process requires including filling out an application, sending test scores and transcripts
- Most do not require letters of recommendation
- Some colleges have guaranteed admission for certain combinations of grades and test scores
- Additional pieces might be required: resume, letters of recommendation or an application essay
Your academic transcript is an essential part of your application, so it is critical that you maintain a steady course load based on your interests, and always put forth your best effort in all your classes.
- College websites are loaded with information regarding courses, professors, specialties, achievements, Virtual Tours and more
- College Board has summary information on colleges
- Your school’s College Resource Room has campus guides available
- College Fairs occur in the fall and spring in Sarasota and Tampa
- College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about over 7000 colleges and universities
Throughout the process of deciding where you want to apply to college, remember your school’s counselor and the resources available at the College Resource Office.