The road to college can be a long one. It is best to start early in your pre-high school career to take appropriate and rigorous courses and to excel in classes. There are many steps along the way. Steps usually include making acceptable test sccores on the SAT or ACT as in accordance with the student's rank in their class. As a general rule, the top 10% of students in their class rank can get admitted to a Texas public school with no minimum test score (8% at University of Texas). Students in the top quartile (top 25%) need a strong test score to get into the college of choice. Students in the next quartile (26% - 50%) need a verry strong test score to get into their college of choice. Students in the lowest 50% of the class will usually need to begin at a junior/community college to build the necessary skills to get accepted into a four year university.
With regards to local collages and universities, here is some important information for local choices if you will be staying local.
- All students in the top 20% of their class can be automatically accepted to UNT in Denton with no minimum test score
- All students in the top 25% of their class can be automatically accepted to TWU in Denton with no minimum test score
- All students can be accepted to NCTC with no minimum test score
Because college preparation takes a number of steps, the following checklists from www.campusexplorer.com can be used to make sure that students are on the right path:
In addition, the following website can help a student to get inspired for and prepared for college:
Of course, no one expects you to know it all and do it all yourself. This is why we have school counselors on staff. Feel free to e-mail Mrs. Mandi (Brinlee) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a student who is a 9th or 10th graders. E-mail Mr. Moffitt at email@example.com if you have a student who is an 11th or 12th grader.
Here is a listing of Texas colleges and universities with information that may make your search easier:
Senior College Transition Forum Materials 10/25/2017