I Want To Go To College


One question to ask yourself is what are you interested in.  What careers are affiliated with what I like doing?

It is important to remember that every career will require some form of training after graduating from High School, however not all careers require a 4 year College degree.  Some careers require less than a 4-year college degree while other careers will require a Master's degree and or a Doctorate degree.

Hampton High School is happy to present "Family Connection" by Naviance, which is a customizable planning portal for students and families including self-discovery assessments, goal-setting, college research tools, course planning, career exploration resources, and individual learning plans.  All Hampton High students and parents have free access to this amazing online tool!!  


Searching for Colleges based on your Career Interests

Another helpful website is the Collegeboard site.  This site is where one would go to register for the SAT which is one of 2 required standardized tests colleges use in their admissions process.  This site also contains a comprehensive timeline from grade 9 through 12 detailing what students should be focused on throughout the year in preparation for attending college after high school.

The ACT is the other standardized test utilized by colleges and universities during the admissions process. Click on the ACT to be taken to that website where students register to take that test.

For an explanation of both standardized tests and a comparison, please click on the following link: SATs vs ACTs

Now I Want To Apply
  • During your Senior Year, you will need to apply to your college choices online.  Apply to at least 3 colleges as opposed to just one.

  • Be mindful of the application deadlines for each college you are applying to as those deadlines vary.  Also be mindful if you are applying under "Early Decision" or "Early Action".  Read carefully what those stipulations mean.  Colleges may stipulate that if you are applying under "Early Action" you will be legally bound to attend that college if you are accepted.  One would only apply to a college under this stipulation if you are definitely planning on attending that college upon acceptance.

  • You will need to add the colleges and universities to your Family Connection account so that your counselor can forward all necessary documentation as a part of the application process.

Special note for Students using the Common App and Family Connections

Common App Matching from Hobsons on Vimeo.

  • In January, you will need to apply for Financial Aid.  Your parent's/guardian's tax information will be needed to complete the FAFSA application.  Encourage them to have their taxes done as soon as they receive their W-2's from their place of employment.  You will also list the colleges you are applying to on the FASA application.  Once you are accepted into a college and then you, in turn, respond to that acceptance your intentions to attend the following school year, you will get  Financial Aid information from that college.

  • While you are waiting to hear back from the colleges you applied to, apply for SCHOLARSHIPS!!!!!!!(This is FREE Money$$$$$)


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