You’ve already made it through the process of applying to college, and you’ve settled on which one you want to be your home away from home for the next few years. Though you’ve made this decision, there are several more steps before you can get onto campus!

  1. Review your financial aid. Talk to your advisor about any financial aid you received. They can help you understand the difference between scholarships, grants, Parent Plus loans, work-study, unsubsidized loans, subsidized loans, and private loans. Your advisor will help you understand what aid you need and what you can turn down.
  2. Apply for scholarships! Even if your tuition is covered, keep applying to new scholarships so you can cover housing, transportation, school supplies, and more! Check if scholarships are renewable or if you need to reapply, and how many semesters they cover.
  3. Connect to your campus! Look for clubs, organizations, on-campus jobs, and activities that you might be interested in. Reach out to your college advisor, since colleges assign every student an advisor who will help them achieve degree completion. Don’t forget that the Dream Team Alumni Program is here to support you after you graduate high school!
  4. Register for orientation! Freshmen orientation is different than a tour. These orientation days help you connect to your school, learn more about campus, register for classes, and meet other students.
  5. Buy your textbooks! Textbooks can be expensive. Compare their purchase and rental prices through your school’s website and through other vendors like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Chegg. Slugbooks is a service that compares all of these vendors for you, so you can compare those costs to the price at your school!
  6. Get ready for the move! If you’re going to live in a dorm room, you will need supplies. Many universities have recommendations of what to bring and what you cannot bring. Students usually need bedding, sheets, pillows, towels, toiletries, kitchen utensils, etc.
  7. Purchase a parking permit! If you have a car or live off campus, you’ll need a permit to avoid getting a parking ticket. Get yours before your first day of class.
  8. Know your resources! The Dream Team Alumni Program will provide you the same encouragement and guidance you got in high school, structured to fit your college needs. Colleges also offer other sources like tutoring, a writing center, counseling, and the library.
  9. Confirm your concurrent enrollment credits! If you took any AP, IB, or concurrent enrollment courses, confirm your college that they will be added to your degree pathway.
  10. Take a deep breath! College is for YOU. You worked hard to get on that campus. Focus on the college experience – go to class, join a club, and find your passion! It can be stressful, but remember that it will be worth it.

Reach out to the Dream Team if you have questions or need help! The transition from high school to college can be rough, but that’s why we’re here to support you through it all!