Preparing for College
It’s never too early to prepare for college! The following general guidelines and tips should be followed throughout high school until you are accepted to college. We also recommend you work closely with your school’s guidance counselor. Of course, give our team a call 435-652-7590- if you have any questions.
Your high school GPA is extremely important to colleges and universities. A student’s GPA is always a main indicator of what kind of student you have been throughout high school. Most GPA records start in 9th grade and you need to be sure to maintain the highest GPA possible throughout your four years of high school.
Standardized Test Scores
Another important indicator regarding your preparation for college is the score(s) you receive on standardized tests such as the ACT or SAT. These tests are not easy and they aren’t supposed to be for a reason. They favor the prepared! For this reason, you must begin at an early age taking practice tests and even real tests. Visit the ACT or SAT sites to learn more. We would like to see students coming to Dixie having taken the ACT or SAT three or four times (or more) rather than just once or twice.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
A major reason for us wanting you to start on college preparation early is because there are great scholarships available to students who work hard all throughout high school. You can visit our scholarships page to find out about our specific academic scholarships and you will know what to strive for. Here at Dixie we use what is called an “index score” to determine scholarship eligibility through a combination of GPA and test scores. This is common at many schools. For example, this year at Dixie a Utah Resident Freshmen would need a 68 or better index score to get a full tuition and fees scholarship for four years.
Financial aid is a wonderful resource, yet a complicated process. We can help you! The first thing you need to know is that it is run through the Federal Government and not through the individual schools. In order to apply you visit www.fafsa.gov. Each new year (January 1) they release an application for the upcoming semesters. Your eligibility is based on multiple factors, all of which are based on you or your parents’ tax return. Depending on financial situation you can qualify for one or more of three things: 1) Grants (money that does NOT have to be repaid); 2) Subsidized Loans (money that must be repaid; however, the interest rates are subsidized); 3) Unsubsidized Loans (money that must be repaid with an agreed upon interest rate applied).
Important Dates & Deadlines
It may come as a surprise to you that most colleges and universities have application/scholarship deadlines as early as November of your senior year of high school. That is a whole nine months before you even start attending classes! We do this at our institutions to give you enough time to decide and it allows us enough time to prepare to serve you in the best way possible. Make sure you know the deadlines of each admissions office you are interested in filling an application out with. They are always posted somewhere on the school’s site. For example, our dates and deadlines are found here.
Getting a jump-start on college classes while in high school is a great idea! We encourage you to check out our Concurrent Enrollment program and start earning those college credits now. We accept almost all general education credits so if our Concurrent Enrollment program is not found where you live then please reach out to your local community college and/or university to enroll in their classes.