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Research College Entrance and Applications

  • It is important that you understand the entry requirements for all of the universities or colleges that you are interested in applying to as they can vary from state to state.  You also should begin looking at the applications to ensure you are aware of what you need to accomplish early in senior year. Each college within a university may have its own additional GPA or test score requirements. Meet with your counselor or career center team to discuss what you plan to major in so they can help you be on track.

Your College Search: Begin with Your Major/Career in Mind

  • When trying to figure out where your studies will take you after high school, start with your end goal in mind. College is not the end goal, it is a path to a career. There are a number of college search engines you can use to help you decipher the best course of study to get you to the career you desire. 

    College Board – Big Future Search


    College Confidential – School Search 

College Fair or Tours

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    Tri-University Events Information 

    Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona are coming together to ensure you and your family are well informed about the opportunities and resources available to you, hosting joint virtual information sessions for prospective students and families to discuss the following:

    • How to navigate the college admission process.
    • Scholarships and financial aid.
    • Information about each university.
    • The honors experience at each university.

    View resources and programming to assist in your college search process.



    Arizona College Consortium Virtual Conference and College Fair

    Arizona College Consortium (AZ-CC) is a membership of over 30 post-secondary institutions.  The organization’s mission is to provide quality education pathways to meet the needs of future scholars. This college fair will allow students and families to:

    • Uncover new college options through a robust search tool
    • Experience virtual campus tours 
    • Watch videos and download materials helpful for in decision process
    • Schedule meetings and interviews with admissions representatives


    View Upcoming Fair Dates 


    NACAC Virtual College Fairs - Sign up now and start exploring!

    NACAC Virtual College Fairs


    College Fair Tips – Use these tips from NACAC to make the most out of the experience. 

    Why should I pre-register? Provide your information one time through a simple, online registration page instead of dozens of times on prospect cards at each college table.

Review In-state and Out-of-state University Entrance Requirements

  • It is important that you know what the entry requirements are for all of the universities you are planning to apply to.

    You don’t want to find out too late that you don’t qualify. Take the time to look up each university/college and check their undergraduate entry requirements. Double-check your high school transcript and course requests for each year to ensure you are on track in meeting these. 

Gather These Items Before Applying

  • Here are a few things you should gather before beginning your college applications:

    • HS Transcript - If applying in-state, you will use this as a reference when self-reporting your grades.
    • Dual Enrollment Transcripts- If you have taken any dual enrollment classes.
    • Résumé/List of Activities & Awards
    • Standardized Test Scores (ACT/SAT)
    • Application Fee or Fee Waive
    • Personal Statement or Essays*
    • Letters of Recommendation*


    *= depending on college or program

Personal Statements & College Essays

Letters of Recommendation

  • You may need letters of recommendation for university applications, scholarships, or reference letters for employment. Plan ahead!

    The best practice is to give your recommender at least a three weeks notice before it is needed. Here is a form you can fill out and provide to your recommender with information to help them. 


    Letter of Recommendation Form 

Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!

  • Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may be eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?

    Free and reduced-price meals are available to families who qualify. If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application.  

    From the College Board:

    "The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the SAT/SAT Subject Tests/PSAT/NMSQT/AP Exams. A student must be either enrolled in, or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits." 

    For more information, please speak with your counselor. 

    Accepting Your Fee Waiver Benefits

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