College Exploration

Helpful Links for College Exploration

Helpful Links

College Search and Information:

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ SEE MAJORS, CAMPUS LIFE, ADMISSIONS.

https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/ SEE RANKINGS, STUDENT DIVERSITY, CAMPUS LIFE.

https://www.scoir.com/ : SEE STUDENT LIFE, RANKINGS, ADMISSIONS

https://www.unigo.com/: SEE STUDENT TOPICS AND STUDENT REVIEWS, ACADEMICS,

https://www.cappex.com/colleges : ADMISSIONS, ACADEMICS, MAJORS, CAMPUS LIFE

College Lists

International Colleges: https://www.uwc.org/schools

2020 Top Ivy League Schools Ranked: https://www.niche.com/blog/list-of-ivy-league-schools-ranked-and-reviewed/

Best Schools in Texas: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/tx

Best National Universities: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities

20 Best Affordable Colleges in Texas: https://affordableschools.net/affordable-bachelors-degree-colleges-texas/

College Virtual Tours

Virtual Visits:

https://www.campusreel.org/

https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/ (many schools are linked in Scoir to You Visit: see if it says "Let's Go" on the picture of the school)

Unit 3: College Exploration

Nov - mid Dec

CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING

Students can use their personal and career interests to identify and research college options to give them an understanding of the different communities that exist for their lifestyle choices. Students will evaluate their options using various resources to understand their post-secondary alternatives.



KEY CONCEPT

COMMUNITIES: groups that exist in proximity defined by space, time or relationship. Communities include, for example, groups of people sharing particular characteristics, beliefs or values as well as groups of interdependent organisms living together in a specific habitat.

Students will learn about different college COMMUNITIES and what differentiates each college.


RELATED CONCEPTS

Evaluation: Evaluation involves the gathering and processing of data to determine an action. Evaluation involves feedback, which can be used to control, revise, or modify. 2) Resources: Resources relate to the supply of a commodity or of information or knowledge about a topic.

Resources: Resources relate to the supply of a commodity or of information or knowledge about a topic.

Students will use RESOURCES to learn about different college environments and will EVALUATE them based on their interests.


GLOBAL CONTEXT

IDENTITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS:

Students will reflect on their transition and lifestyle choices by exploring potential colleges in order to plan for their future and find happiness.

Students will explore the global context of IDENTITIES and RELATIONSHIPS as they determine what college environment would best fit their needs based on their lifestyle choices.


EXPLORATION

Students can use their personal and career interests to identify and research college options.


STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

Using resources and evaluating options are necessary to determine which community would best fit one’s need for a specific person’s identity for their lifestyle choices.


INQUIRY QUESTIONS

Factual

How do I select colleges based on factors most important to me? What resources are available to assist me in this process?


Conceptual

Which factors are the most important to me?




College Exploration will be assessed on Student Learning Objectives Rubric.


College Search Digital Notebook Assignment

You are about to embark on an important journey to learning about different colleges that meet your interests and about what colleges are looking for in ideal candidates. By understanding the expectations, you will better prepare yourself for planning for college.


Go to https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search and do the college search based on your interests, or you can visit https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/ for a college search. You can also check out college reviews at https://www.unigo.com/colleges. You can even take a virtual tool at https://www.campusreel.org/ & https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/. Learning Express also has a search tool if you need additional ideas.

Make a list of 5 colleges/universities which interest you. Show the list to me. Then begin to research each and complete information for the five.

  • Overview: Why is this college on your list? What intrigues you about this college? What is important to you about this college e.g. geography, majors, etc.?

  • Culture: How would you describe the culture of the school? What are the demographics? What types of students go to this school and what type of environment do they cultivate on campus?

  • Strengths of the school: What do you see as the strengths of the school? What are some advantages for going there?

  • Admission requirements: What do they require for admission?

  • Your personal reflection about the school and what you found interesting/helpful: Overall, what did you like or dislike about the school? What information intrigued you, confused you, etc?



Rubric in the instructions


Scholarships, Applications, College Fairs

Trade or Technical Programs

2 Year Programs

Austin Community College Start Manufacturing Program (Automotive)

https://www.austincc.edu/tesla

Austin Community College HVAC

https://continue.austincc.edu/hvac

Austin Community College - Computer Technician

https://continue.austincc.edu/areas-of-study/computer-science-and-information-technology

Austin Community College - Applied Technologies (Welding, Trucking, Plumbing)

https://continue.austincc.edu/areas-of-study/dmc-and-applied-technologies

Austin Career Institute- HVAC

https://www.austincareerinstitute.edu/

Austin Medical Assistant School

https://austinmedicalassistantschool.com/