How to Prepare
Academically for
College

Preparing academically for college will go a long way in making your life as a student a successful one. The good news is that you're not in this alone. There are many individuals and organizations eager to help you. They know that helping you also will help your family and your tribe.
Colleges today are made up of two types of students:
  1. Students going directly from high school to college.
  2. Nontraditional students, including men and women who delayed enrolling in college, are returning to college. Often they are financially independent and/or have children.

Preparing academically for college varies a bit depending on which type of student you are. From the two types described above, click on the one that suits you the most to learn more.

I have seen that in any great undertaking
it is not enough for a man to depend
simply upon himself.
Lone Man (Isna-la-wica) Teton Sioux

If you're thinking about college, but aren't sure how long it will take or how much college is needed in some careers, take a look at Sample Jobs List. If the job you want isn't listed, talk with someone at your high school or an academic advisor at a college—or check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

While you're preparing academically for college, you also should consider how you'll prepare financially for college. These steps will vary on whether you're in high school or are a returning student.