College Search Guide
Finding the college that’s right for you is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. We’ve created this guide to help you with the process. Don’t forget to tap into the resources at the colleges you’re considering; campus tours and meetings with college representatives are some of the most helpful tools available.
Keep this handy guide to organize your college search and simplify your upcoming year. We look forward to working with you to find the college that fits you best.
Guide to your college search
- Register and take the PSAT in October.
- Write down your educational and personal goals.
- List colleges that interest you most, along with the specific features, programs and educational aspects that match your goals.
- Research colleges online, paying special attention to admission requirements. Concordia College requires a high school transcript, two references and ACT or SAT scores. Find out more online.
- Sign up and take the ACT or SAT, or both. The SAT is offered in March, May and June. The ACT is offered in February, April and June. Concordia codes are 2104 (ACT) and 6113 (SAT).
- Take Advanced Placement tests, if applicable.
- Ask your school counselor about spring and summer college fairs.
- Request Concordia’s “Five Questions You Should Ask Every College” brochure by e-mailing us at email@example.com.
- Explore your interests and build your resumé by working, volunteering or enrolling in educational programs.
- Set up preliminary campus visits. Prepare by making a list of questions to help you gather comparisons between colleges. Schedule a Concordia College campus visit online.
- Apply to your narrowed list of colleges. Applying to Concordia College is free online, www.ConcordiaCollege.edu/admissions, or contact the Admissions Office to obtain a paper application.
- Continue applying to colleges and confirming your application materials have been received.
- If necessary, schedule the SAT in October, November or December, or the ACT in September, October or December.
- Research your scholarship options and deadlines. Visit online scholarship search engines such as www.fastweb.com.
- Apply for college-specific and general scholarships. Concordia College offers academic, need-based and performance scholarships. Visit the
Web site for details and deadlines.
- Schedule fall college visits where you can stay overnight, eat on campus, attend classes, meet with coaches and admissions representatives, visit with students and faculty, etc. You’ll get a feeling for what it would be like to attend the college. Schedule your Concordia visit online.
- Research more financial aid options at www.mapping-your-future.orgor www.collegeboard.com.
- Talk with family, friends and alumni about your top colleges to get their insights.
- Apply for Concordia College performance scholarships. The music, speech and debate, visural arts and theatre scholarship deadlines and applications are available online at
- File the FAFSA after Jan. 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov to determine other financial aid options. Concordia’s code is 002346.
- Attend scholarship competition events, if applicable.
- Schedule visits to your final college choices.
- Begin to finalize your college plans.
- Discuss your financial aid with college admissions representatives and financial aid officers.
- Send in your enrollment deposit and housing contract, if not already sent.
- Take any remaining Advanced Placement tests, if applicable.
- Take online language placement tests in June.
- Attend summer registration to sign up for fall courses.
- Contact your new roommate in July. Discuss what you will be sharing in your residence hall room.
- Keep in touch with your athletic coaches. Student-athletes in fall sportsoften move on campus early.
- Start packing. For a list to get you started, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All those months of hard work have finally paid off! Move in and enjoyyour first year of college!