How to begin a college search

If your student will start their college search soon, they might be feeling a little overwhelmed. There are literally thousands of colleges and universities out there. And even if they’re staying in state, there may still be dozens of schools for them to choose from.

Where do they begin? Here are three ways your student can start narrowing down a seemingly infinite list of colleges to something more manageable.

How to pick a minor

College majors seem to get all the attention (and for good reason, of course). But their little-known younger sibling — the minor — can be almost as important to your student’s academic experience.

In most cases, pursuing a minor is optional, however a minor may be a requirement of your student's college or university to successfully complete their program and graduate. Either way, a minor will be worth the minor amount of planning it will take. 

How to take notes in college

Your student will discover that college differs from high school in many ways. But some things never change — like having to take notes. Sure, they probably have some experience with note-taking from high school, but they’ll likely have to take a lot more notes in college. 

So we’re sharing some tips you can share with them to make their note-taking more efficient and effective. 

Exploring what to study

Your student’s college decision isn’t only about which school they’re going to choose — it also includes which major they’re going to pick. The number of program choices they have might seem a bit overwhelming, but you can help them figure out which is the best fit for them. Check out this video to find out how.

Doing what you love

If your student doesn’t know what they want to study, choosing a major can be intimidating.

They may worry that once they choose a major, there’s no turning back. 

Jobs for computer science majors

Computer science is the study of computer technology, both hardware and software. Computer science majors are exposed to areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computer programming, data analysis, web design, cybersecurity and gaming technology. Jobs in the field of computer science include, but certainly aren’t limited to:

Computer programmer

Writes instructional code for computers so software applications can function correctly.

Jobs for political science majors

In academics, political science is the study of government and politics. Yes, political science majors study current events, and throughout their studies come to better understand history and culture; they also learn data analysis methods and statistics for quantitative research used in politics. Career paths include a variety of fields, from lawyer to politician to journalist. Here is a sample of jobs your student can get into with a political science degree.

How to prepare for college

The journey may seem long, but college will be here before you know it. We set out to help parents and students along the way by compiling a timeline of steps, action items and activities that families can use to prepare for that next big chapter in a students’ life. Parents and students are encouraged to start early. Save this document for future reference. We’ll be here for you every step of the way.

What's the big deal about honors colleges, anyway?

If you have an academically excelling student, they may be exploring expensive private or liberal arts colleges in search of a high-quality education. Those may be ideal choices for them, but have they researched honors colleges, too? If not, they’re worth looking into as a competitive option.

What is an honors college?

Honors colleges offer high-quality academics and special opportunities for students in a small community setting within a larger public university. 

Jobs for communication majors

Communication is a fundamental behavior. When we communicate, we’re sharing information – sending and receiving messages, both verbal and nonverbal. Those who study communication do so with the goal of being more effective communicators, not just personally, but also within professions like business, media and law. As a major, communication overlaps with many other majors and is relevant to a wide variety of academic and career options. Here, we’ll look into some of the most popular communication-related programs.