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College admissions

Navigate college admissions like a pro with Khan Academy's evolving resource! Inside, find advice that is relevant for all college applicants in addition to portions tailored for high potential students who are worried about whether they can afford higher education.
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Getting started

Thinking about a 4-year college but not sure whether it's right for you? This is the place to start! Learn more about what happens during college, why it matters for your future, and the wide range of students who have chosen to attend.

Making high school count

Whether you're just entering 9th grade or in the thick of your junior year, it's never too early to begin thinking about college. Find out how your academic record, extracurricular activities, and standardized test results impact the college admissions process.

Exploring college options

There are nearly 3,000 colleges in the United States that offer 4-year degrees. The sheer variety of options, from rural liberal arts colleges to public state universities, can feel overwhelming. After you understand the differences between what's out there and begin to get a sense of what you want, however, the choice becomes infinitely more manageable!

Applying to college

Once you've decided on several target schools, it's time to put together the all-important college application! Prepare yourself for success with guidance from experts on topics such as admissions essays, letters of recommendation, and alumni interviews.

Paying for college

Getting into the college of your dreams is nice, but figuring out how to afford attending that college is even better! Learn how to navigate the financial aid process with guidance on everything from filling out the FAFSA to identifying high priority scholarships.

Wrapping up

There is nothing more exciting than making the final decision on which college to attend. It takes hard work to get to this point, but you've made it. Now sit back, breathe a sigh of relief, and then learn a bit more about what comes next!