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“I want to challenge each and every student to better understand themselves and the world around them.”

— Sheburra Akien Moore
Whitworth University


For Middle School Students

It's never too early to start planning for college. But don't stress - there is still plenty of time to learn about the admissions process.

Talk to your guidance counselor about the classes you should take in high school.

  • You'll want to make sure you start in your freshman year taking the right courses to prepare you for college work and for admissions requirements. Even if you don't think you want to go to college now, you may change your mind, so it's better to start off right. College prep courses also give you greater flexibility in the job market.
  • Take a foreign language if one you would like to learn is offered.
  • Keep up on your assignments, good study habits are the most important tool for getting you into college.
  • You may be eligible for the Washington College Bound Scholarship . You must apply in 7th or 8th grade to be eligible.

Talk to your family.

  • Make sure your parents or guardians know you'd like to go to college.
  • If your family doesn't already have a plan for paying for college, it's a good idea to look into the options available for you.

Visit a college close where you live so you can get a feeling of what attending a college might be like.

Many colleges have special summer programs that invite middle and high school students to their campuses. Contact the colleges in your area for more information about these programs.

Look ahead at the things that will be required of you in your college applications.

If you want some more resources for getting ready for college look at Gear Up and the College is Possible site. Both these sites have lots of valuable information. And remember you can always call college admission offices and ask whatever questions you might have.

Funded in part by a grant from
the Ben B. Cheney Foundation
published by Independent Colleges of Washington