Project Opportunity: Access to Washington's Colleges'

“Each time I volunteer, I discover more about myself and what is important, the needs I can fill and the amazing people we have here in the Tacoma area.”

— Penny Beckwith
Pacific Lutheran University


High School Students

High school is a four-year journey towards adulthood. You are learning to balance your obligations at school and home with personal choices: friends, family, homework, community.and Facebook.

When you started high school (and maybe you are just entering high school now), your options may have seemed narrow. But as you get older, your choices will broaden.

You have many options after high school, and a college education and degree can have a great impact on your future. will help you navigate through these options:

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Where to go to college – there are so many colleges and universities in Washington to choose from, which school is the right fit for me?

Applying to college is daunting – With forms, resumes, transcripts, essays, and recommendations, when should I start preparing for the application process?

And the cost of going to college seems like an insurmountable sum, how can we afford it?

Fortunately, the path towards college has been taken by millions of students. There are many resources to help you along the way, and is here to help you!

We cover the four major steps to getting into college in-depth:

Planning, Testing, Applying, and Paying

Each step is explained in-depth on, and can be navigated using the links on your left.

You can also take advantage of the site map to look up each document individually based on the topic of interest. We've also answered some frequently asked questions.

But before you leave this page, consider the rewards of a college education:

  • You'll have access to a wider variety of career options.
  • College will lead you to adventures and explorations, open doors for you, and expand your horizons.
  • You'll forge lasting friendships at college, and become a more informed and responsible person.
  • It will be easier for you to make more money with a college education.

There are a lot of things you should consider when choosing a college:

  • It should fit your personality and academic ability.
  • It should challenge you.
  • It should have classes and degree programs in subjects you would like to study.
  • It should have activities in which you're interested.
  • Do you prefer a liberal arts education or to be trained in a technical field?

Apply to the colleges you want to based on the characteristics you care most about. What you want from a college should be your first consideration.

Think about what you want from an ideal college first and begin searching based on that. Keep your options open in this process. Consider a wide range of colleges. There are a lot of exciting opportunities and you shouldn't feel limited.

You can't always tell how much a college will actually cost you by the “sticker price” of tuition. Don't base your decision solely on tuition costs. There's a lot of money out there in the form of grants, awards, and scholarships to help you pay for college if you need assistance.

If you're the first one in your family to go to college, you might want to start here.

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