Tips for Middle and High School Students

It’s not too soon to start thinking about college. Even if college is still three or four years in your future you can – and should - get ready for it now.

A few things to think about:

Your Annual Plan to Get Ready for College

For success in college follow this year-by-year and step-by step plan to get ready. You can also find some great tips in this Federal publication, the College Preparation Checklist.

Remember, the Grades You Get Now Are Important

  • Take advanced courses.
  • Get a well-rounded education

Learn how to Earn College Credit While You're Still in High School

Do you know the State of Michigan High School Graduation Requirements?

Careers: What Kinds of Jobs Interest You?

  • Read about those jobs.
  • Talk to someone you know who does that kind of work.
  • Find out what college coursework you need.
  • Get hands-on experience doing similar work. For example, volunteer somewhere. And when you’re old enough, try to find a job or internship that relates to your future career.

Choosing a College - Some Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Do you want to stay close to home?
  • Would you like to be on a large campus or a smaller one?
  • Make a list of your favorite colleges. Do they offer the courses or majors you want? (At HFC you can choose from more than 100 programs and areas of study.)
  • What are the costs for tuition, books, housing? HFC gives you a great education at an affordable cost.
  • Does the school you're interested in have other activities you’d like – theatre and music, sports, clubs? At HFC you could participate in dozens of clubs, act in a play or sing in a choir, or play on one of our intercollegiate or intramural sports teams.
  • There's always something going on at HFC.

Paying for College

Learn More on Michigan's KnowHow2GO Web site

Michigan's KnowHow2Go Web site has tips for students in grades 8-10 and their families. Click here to visit the Web site.