12 Steps to College Program Enrollment
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12 Steps to College Program Enrollment

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

by Terri Shermett, Director CLE Fort Lauderdale

Applying to colleges and making the ultimate selection may just be one of the most important decisions students and families will ever make. There are so many things to consider and it can get overwhelming at times.

That’s OK.

Remember the first sentence? Important decisions in life take time, careful consideration, and an open mind. So, take a deep breath and follow along as we go through these 12 steps to choosing and enrolling in the college or program of your dreams.

Davie tutoring1. Remember that open mind thing?
This would be a good time to roll down the window and think about what you want to major in. It is important to not only think about the classes but also career choices.
Career Interest Profiler

2. Search online for colleges and schools that offer your program of interest.
Speak to your guidance counselor to obtain their feedback and suggestions. This would also be a good time to discuss distance from home, cost, and type of college (university/college/tech school).
College Navigator | College Board

3. Identify 3-5 programs to visit.

4. Check your most recent psycho-educational evaluation.
Most Office of Disabilities will require a recent psycho-educational evaluation less than two years old for accommodations. Schedule this with your doctor or contact your local Rehabilitation Services Administration for assistance.

5. Create a list of questions you would like to ask during your college visits.
Mom and Dad, you should be doing the same thing. Many questions can be obtained online, however there is nothing like getting the information first hand.

6. Tour the selected schools.
Campus Visit Checklist

7. Visit the Office of Disabilities and ask about the level of supports provided.

Questions could include:

  • What types of accommodations are typical?
  • Where do students who have extended time finish tests?
  • How often will I meet with my disabilities counselor?
  • Are there any supports for social or independent living skills? Extended orientation, social groups, mentoring, etc.?

8. Send a thank you letter to your admission counselor.

9. Schedule the necessary college entry exams such as the SAT and ACT.
Attend prep classes and practice, practice, practice. Also research accommodations for these tests!
ACT Practice Test & Info | SAT Practice Test & Info

10. Ask teachers, your guidance counselor or employer for letters of recommendation.

Financial tutoring11. Apply to selected schools.
Keep in mind the school specific admission requirements including application deadlines, documentation and fees. The typical documents will include high school transcript, standardized test scores, essay, letters of recommendation and any portfolios you may need to submit based on your program.
Common App

12. And now the waiting game begins.
Most schools will extend acceptance letters in the late winter or early spring. Be ready to finalize your financial aid choices and college section by May 1st.

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