By Owen Nelson
Applying to college can often be an overwhelming experience, there are many different steps to the application process. We here at the Current OC would like to give you an idea of some of the steps that you need to take and ways to make the application process a stress-free and simple process. I got to sit down with our College and Career counselor Mrs. Oves and discuss the college process here at OCHS.
When it comes to colleges, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Of the 4,360 higher education institutions in the United States, 2,832 are four-year colleges and 1,582 are two-year colleges. With this many options available, a student can definitely struggle with finding the college for them. What are some of the ways that a student can narrow down their search? Well, there are many resources that a student can use: Naviance, Niche, Common app, College Board, and more.
One of the best decisions that you can make when beginning your college search is to start early. Everyone wants different things out of college, so it’s important to get an idea of what you’re looking to get out of college early on in your search. Having an idea of what you want to study in college can be a great boon to your college search. However, if you don’t know what to study or major in, don’t fret, you don’t have to decide right away. In fact, twenty to fifty percent of college students go undeclared for their major. You aren’t stuck in the major you choose either, upwards of seventy-five percent of college students change their major at least once.