College Information

Create a college list. Decide what you need in a college/university. Consider factors like size, location, academic majors, academic rigor/reputation, job placement rates, extracurricular opportunities, etc. Use the tool at bigfuture.collegeboard.org to generate a list of college matches based on your interests and preferences.

Visit/research college options. Visiting a college campus may be the most useful way to determine whether it’s a place you can picture yourself in the next chapter of your life. Most campus visit appointments can be scheduled online and typically include a combination of the following: information session, campus tour, interview, class observation, meal in the dining hall. Take advantage of as many opportunities as possible! Websites that have proven useful to the college search process include: 

  • Collegeboard.org (Offers an advanced college-search tool that populates a list of college matches based on your search; also provides test preparation and registration for the SAT)
  • Petersons.com (The online equivalent of the well-known print publication)
  • Youvisit.com (College search engine that offers virtual tours)
  • Suny.edu (Links to the State University of New York colleges and universities)

ApplyResearch and organize college admission requirements and deadlines. College admission processes are based on the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average (G.P.A.), class rank, rigor of academic course selection
  • Please complete the transcript request form at carthagecsd.org/transcripts
  • Standardized testing SAT and ACT
  • Personal characteristics including: activities, involvement, leadership experience and potential, citizenship, etc. as evidenced by your resume, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.
  • We recommend that you request 2-3 letters of recommendation from appropriate teachers/counselors. It is helpful to provide them with a list of your activities, leadership positions, honors, jobs, and/or volunteer experiences, etc. Remember to thank those who take the time to write a letter on your behalf!
  • Many colleges require an application essay. Spend adequate time on this essay to be sure it exemplifies your insights and abilities. Be sure to have someone reliable proofread your application essay.

Choose a college. Please bring a copy of your college acceptance letter(s) to the Counseling Office and weigh options based on fit and financial aid packages.