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The Future is Out There Waiting: Explore, Plan and Apply!

Published May 16, 2014

College Knowledge Month is October, but you don't have to wait until fall to begin planning. The goal of College Knowledge Month is to provide Minnesota seniors with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply to college. Schools are encouraged to register by the preferred registration date of June 15.

Students and Families

Applying to college is the result of careful exploration and planning. Don't wait to investigate programs, consider majors and visit schools that fit your academic and career goals. Get organized and start gathering the documents you need to complete college applications. Investigate financial aid and scholarship options. A wealth of resources are available to help you explore, plan and apply! Visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education website for more information.

How are other students making their college dreams come true? Watch these videos of Minnesota students and families as they share their dreams, their fears, their challenges, their plans and the rewards of applying to college—and becoming a college student. Visit the Minnesota Department of Education YouTube page. Shaping Your Future: Why Minnesota Families Choose College.

Teachers, Counselors and Administrators

Last year, 143 school sites around our state registered to participate in College Knowledge Month! Registration for 2014 is open now and the College Knowledge Month steering committee is available to provide resources, materials, support and training for registered sites to assist with their programming and help you to:

• Establish and/or build upon a culture of college-readiness.

• Communicate to all students the importance of preparing for and applying to college.

• Engage and inform underrepresented students (first-generation college students, students of color, and low-income students) about postsecondary opportunities, culminating in the application process.

• Provide a statewide message and excitement about exploring and planning for college.

• Increase the number of Minnesota seniors who complete the college admissions process.

Applying is only one step of the college application process. Planning ahead provides time for a thoughtful exploration and allows students to make informed choices and more fully participate in the process. In addition, schools have more time to align College Knowledge Month with the many college exploration activities taking place in the fall of the academic year.