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The process of selecting a post-secondary school can be extremely overwhelming. Students are encouraged to start exploring the different options as early as ninth grade. Remember, you should be ready to start applying to post-secondary schools at the beginning of your senior year. Students should consider a variety of things when selecting a college: career choice, size and location of the school, extra-curricular options, study abroad programs, faculty to student ratio, etc.

Resources to help in selecting a college

United States Military

The United States military is quite a bit different today than it was just ten or twenty years ago. The military is more difficult today to get into, to stay in, and more educationally challenging than it has ever been before. There are job opportunities in everything from pilots to musicians. Although, this option is not for everyone, for those of you who do choose the military, there are some incredible benefits for you. Military personnel enjoy excellent health and retirement benefits, educational payment plans, on-the-job training and good wages.

Career Exploration Program

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment; this test measures strengths and potential for future success. The results are used to guide career exploration using our career planning tools. Learn more.

Explore Service Branches along with full and part-time opportunities
The Military is made up of six branches, each with their own active-duty and part-time components. Learn more by visiting
  1. Army [
              Army Reserve [
              Army National Guard [
              US Military Academy - West Point []
              Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) []
  2. Navy []
              Navy Reserve []
              Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) []
  3. Air Force []
              Air Force Reserve [
              Air National Guard []
              Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) []
              Air Force Academy []
  4. Marine Corps [
              Marine Corps Reserve []
              US Navel Academy []
              Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) []
  5. Coast Guard []
              Coast Guard Reserve []
              Coast Guard Academy []  
  6. Space Force [The Air Force currently determines career and accession paths for military and civilian personnel assigned to, or wanting to be assigned to, the Space Force.]

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Minnesota has many state (public) post-secondary institutions to choose from. Whether you want to be a meat cutter, a social worker or a massage therapist, there is an option for you in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system. The application process is very simple and it only costs $20 to apply. Take a look at the MNSCU website and start exploring the possibilities!!!!

Minnesota Private Four Year Colleges

Minnesota is home to thirteen private four-year colleges. Most of these colleges were founded by various religious leaders. In the past many of the colleges had strict rules regarding admission and academic requirements based on their beliefs. Today things are much more relaxed. Students of all denominations, races, and cultures are welcome to attend these institutions. Private four year colleges take pride in their excellent academics, small class sizes and small student to teacher ratios. Admission to these colleges is a more time consuming than to a public college. The application itself is more lengthy and you will most likely be asked to write an essay and submit letters of recommendation. The price tag for private colleges and universities can be quite shocking at first. However, these colleges are well aware of their costs and can be very generous with scholarships. Don't shy away from one of these schools just because of the cost. Visit the college and be sure to talk with a financial aid adviser to discuss how you might finance your college. Check out this website for more info.

College Visits

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to go visit various college campuses that they may be interested in attending. There are many opportunities to visit these campuses on non-school days, but that doesn’t always work with everyone’s schedule. Therefore, we do allow for students to miss a day of school to visit a campus. Juniors are allowed one visit and seniors are allowed two. Some students may need to attend campus another time to do testing or register for classes. Students will be granted those dates only if their attendance at school is acceptable. Students' attendance is of the utmost importance, and the administration has the right to deny any college visit, which takes during the school day. It's fun to visit a friend who attends college and call that your "college visit". Although that can be fun and even encouraged, you really should take a tour organized through the admissions office at the college. Also do take your tour on a day when the college is in session, so that you can get a real feel for the campus. It is best to schedule your visit between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm when the campus is busy with activity. You may also want to schedule some time with a coach, financial aid officer or faculty member. Open Houses hosted by the college are a great way to gets a lot of information in one visit. However, there isn't a lot of time for one on one conversation. If you like what you see at an Open House, go back and visit again when you can get a little more personal attention.

College Visit Form

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