Setting Up Campus Visits
Spring Break is a great time to visit colleges! Most colleges will be in session, with students available for you to meet and classes available to you to attend. If you are just starting the process of developing a college list, you may want to visit different types of colleges (big, small, public, private) to help narrow your choices. If you are further along in the process, a campus visit will help you write a more compelling application, because you will be able to articulate why you think a college is a great match for you. Some colleges track ‘demonstrated interest,’ meaning they keep track of students who have visited and assume they are more interested in attending than if they had not visited—so be sure to make an official visit by signing up through the college’s website for an information session and a tour, as well as classes, lunch, and/or meetings with financial aid officers, coaches, or faculty. And don’t worry: if you do not have time to visit colleges until this summer or next fall, that will be fine, too.
How Colleges View College-Level Work Completed in High School
CU Succeeds Gold is a great way to earn college credit while still at LHS if you are planning to attend a public college or university in Colorado. You will earn credit at a reduced cost and get a head start on your college graduation requirements. Do be aware that some selective colleges and universities outside the state system in Colorado view college credits earned in high school classes and taught by a high school teacher as an indication of rigor but not as a source of college credit, even if credit is awarded at a state institution; others will allow transfer of the CU Succeeds Gold credits awarded by CU-Denver. If you are planning to apply to private colleges and universities, or to selective state universities outside Colorado, taking the AP test that follows an AP class is the most reliable way to earn credit for and/or placement in college classes. Many institutions award placement and/or credit for scores of 3 or higher on the AP examination. The test also benefits students by helping them see how their knowledge base compares with that of college-bound students nationally. If you take classes at Front Range Community College to add to the academic challenge of your LHS work, that indicates initiative to selection committees. Some colleges will award credit for these dual enrollment classes; others will not award credit if you receive credit for the class at LHS.
The bottom line: If you have a particular college in mind, be sure to check the college website or contact the admissions office regarding how they award placement or credit for high school work!
Making Good Choices when You Register for Next Year’s Classes
Lots of students wonder what colleges are looking for in the admissions process. While many factors contribute to the decisions that admissions committees make, the most important element of any college application is the applicant’s high school transcript. No matter what else they are looking for, selection committees first of all have to be confident that you have the interest and ability to do college work. Since colleges will look to see if you have done well in a challenging academic program at LHS, be sure, when you register for next year’s classes, to focus on putting together a strong course load with as many Honors and AP classes as possible–and with as few free blocks as possible! As an Advanced Placement High School, Longmont High is known for the breadth of AP classes offered, and colleges will expect you to have taken advantage of these opportunities to expand your knowledge while you are here.