College Road Map: An Infographic Guide to Planning for College

Wondering what steps you’ll need to take as you’re planning for college? Look no further than our college road map! This infographic guide will help you along your way.

  1. Talk to your high school counselor about your college goals.
  2. Take challenging classes that meet college admissions requirements.
  3. Get involved in extracurricular activities, taking on leadership roles when possible.
  4. Explore your academic interests, looking for opportunities related to potential majors.
  5. Start researching colleges.
  6. Visit colleges you’re interested in.
  7. Register, practice for, and take the ACT or SAT.
  8. Talk to your family about your options and finalize your college list.
  9. Fill out college admissions applications.
  10. Apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA.
  11. Search and apply for local, state, and national scholarships.
  12. Evaluate the colleges you’ve been admitted to and accept the offer of your choice!
stylized top-down illustration of the Quad with people and 12 tips along along a metaphorical road to college from the Illini Union to Foellinger Auditorium

Still have questions after reviewing our college road map? Reach out to our office at any time. We’re here to help!

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