Admissions Readiness

First Steps to Admissions Readiness
Applying 101
A Culture of College Readiness
The College Admissions Process

College Admissions Guide
5 Ways to Stay on Track in Summer
Organizing Your College Search 

Admission Factors
#1 Factor in Admissions
What Factors Count Most
College Requirements
College Application Checklist

Admissions Terms
US Higher Education Glossary
Admission Terms You Should Know Admissions Glossary (Vanderbilt)

Utilizing your high school counselors to help plan your college experience.
20 Questions to Ask Your Counselor
Advice for Counselors

Admission Testing
Comparing ACT & SAT Tests
9 Testing TIps for College Applicants
SAT Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, & CLEP Testing Schedule
ACT Test Dates

Early Decision
Some colleges and universities have an Early Decision admission policy. Students are limited to one Early Decision application and are committed to that school once they have received their letter of acceptance, usually no later than January of their senior year.
Facts: Applying Early
Early Decision and Early Application
Forbes: Early Decision vs. Early Action

College Timeline
College Application Calendar (College Board)
College Planning Calendar

College Essays
Writing College Essays

College Applications
Texas Common Application
Common College Application

Submitting Applications

College Search Sites
Search colleges by type, location, and cost, with direct links to college websites.
College Navigator
Search for a College Program
Finding the Right College
America's Best Colleges
Researching College Admissions
U.S. Universities by State
Top Hispanic Colleges
ACT College Search
Find a College (College Board)

Common Application Supplements for Colleges and Universities

College Fairs
College fairs are sponsored by participating colleges and universities.  They are free and open to the public and allow students and parents to meet with representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions.
National College Fairs Fall ScheduleNational College Fairs Spring Schedule
Online College Fairs
College Fairs Checklist
Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs

College Visits
College Visits: A Planning Checklist
Campus Tours

College Interviews
College Interviews: Practice Questions
12 College Interview Questions

Choosing a College
How to Choose a College
10 Factors for Choosing Colleges
College Search
College Matchmaker

Community College
Community College FAQs
Community College Finder

NCAA Clearinghouse
Information for prospective student-athletes intending to enroll in an NCAA Division I or II college.
National Collegiate Athletic Association

Activities Resume
Resume Writing 101

Plano Transcripts Submitted for College Admissions Consideration
2011 College Transcripts List
2012 College Transcripts List
2013 College Transcripts List
2014 College Transcripts List
2015 College Transcripts List
2016 College Transcripts List

While you are working on your GPA, taking entrance exams, and searching for the right college, colleges are looking for the most qualified applicants by sifting through information from thousands of students.  Keep a personal checklist handy so you don’t miss any personal or college application deadlines. 

Some of the items on your list should include--

  • admissions deadlines for the colleges you are interested in
  • college entrance exams registration dates
  • campus visits plans
  • advice from your high school counselor

The process of getting into college spans several months.  The resources at Plano ISD’s Admission Readiness will help you learn about all the admission factors you need to consider when choosing the right college.

2014-2015 High School Presentations
College 101 – presentations for high school students and parents regarding the college admission process.  Paul Weaver, Assistant Executive Director of Guidance and Family Education Services, will share information about preparing for college admission.
Williams High School
7:00 p.m.
Clark High School
6:30 p.m.
Vines High School
6:30 p.m.
Jasper High School
7:00 p.m.