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College Prep Resources

Online resources to help you prepare for college.

  • College Preparation - Utah System of Higher Education
  • Explains StepUp Program
  • StepUp Utah
  • The StepUp to Higher Education social awareness campaign encourages all Utah students to dream big about their futures — and then act on those dreams by preparing for and completing college. Whether aiming for a one-year certificate or a four-year degree, StepUp provides tips, tools, resources, and conversation-starters about preparing and paying for college so obtaining a higher education can be a reality for all Utah students.
  • Centsible Student
  • A common cents approach to financial planning, scholarship searching, responsible borrowing, and default prevention.
  • KnowHow2Go
  • In order to turn these students' college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation and the Ad Council created the KnowHow2GO campaign. This multi-year, multi-media effort includes television, radio and outdoor public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage young people, primarily those in 8th through 10th grade, to prepare for college using four simple steps.
  • Adventures in Education
  • TG's Adventures In Education (AIE™) is a public-service website developed to help students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. AIE promotes a better tomorrow by preparing students and families for the adventure today.
  • College Board: BigFuture
  • Interactive tools and guidance you need to plan for college.
  • College Navigator
  • Find the college for you
  • Utah Women and Education Initiative
  • Established to help increase the number of Utah women completing post-secondary education.

Tips for Incoming Students

  • Set realistic goals and stick to them.
  • Have fun!
  • Take time to explore and find out what you love.
  • Organization and planning are essential. Find out what world best for our (calendar, planner, organizer, phone reminders, etc.).
  • Get involved with activities. It will make your college experience more enjoyable.
  • Don't overload or under-schedule yourself.
  • Get adequate rest. Avoid all-nighters and cramming before an exam.
  • Set a consistent time to go to bed and get up in the morning.
  • Attend a Student Success Workshop on campus.
  • Go to class and be prepared.
  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • Learn how to prioritize and balance your time.
  • Study and least 1-2 hours a day.
  • Study in a distraction free environment.
  • Take a break during the weekends to get your mind off school.
  • Get to know your instructors, and allow them to get to know you.
  • Don't procrastinate! When you have an assignment due, get it done.
  • Exercise regularly to reduce stress, sleep better and improve your health.
  • Maintain a good budget. Live within your means and accumulate a little debt as possible.