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Studying teenPre-College Planning For
High School Students

This LifeWorks website from the National Institute of Health provides excellent guidance on planning for college, including information about the importance of early planning, exploring career paths, finding the right school, taking the required tests, visiting colleges, and discovering payment options.  The website provides a wealth of information about each topic, as well as detailed guidelines for students in 11th and 12th grade.

This Career Cornerstone page is a great starting point for high school students who want to start exploring career possibilities. From this page, students can find information about different fields and careers in a variety of industries (with information about salaries), as well as information about academic degrees and universities (programs offered, school size, cost), and a database of interviews with professionals working in different fields.

This Career Cornerstone page is an excellent starting point for information about pre-college career planning, with advice about course selection, summer programs, college fairs and special learning opportunities that can supplement high school courses.

Choosing a career and corresponding major will help you decide which colleges are right for you. This website can help you start thinking about careers.

Find the college that’s right for you. There are three ways you can select a college on this site (

  1. By name
  2. By preference: Use the College Finder to identify campuses using preferences such as college type, location, size cost, campus life, academics, etc.
  3. By wizard: Using the College Matching Wizard allows you to explore the advantages/disadvantages and definitions of various factors affecting the college selection process.

school friendsHere you'll find hundreds of pages of articles about choosing a college, getting into the college you want, how to pay for it, and much more. You'll also find one of the most active discussion communities related to college admissions (with separate discussion forums for prospective students asking current college students questions), and a section on visiting colleges.

This Career Cornerstone page provides more specific information and advice about course selection in high school, as well as detailed information about Advanced Placement course options, and interviews with professionals (business coordinator, project engineer, imaging media product planner, chemical engineer) reflecting on their high school course experiences — how they got interested in their field and what they recommend to high school students.