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College, Career, and Military Readiness

College Entrance Exams

The SAT and ACT are entrance exams required by colleges and universities for admission. It is recommended to take the college entrance exams during the late spring of your junior year so there is time during the fall of your senior year to retake if necessary.

All colleges and universities accept either exam. The majority of schools require a minimum score on the ACT or SAT to be admitted. To find out the minimum score for the school you are interested in, check with the school’s website or admissions office.

Students need to register online for ACT at www.actstudent.org and/or SAT at www.collegeboard.com. The websites provide information on testing dates, test center locations and costs. Descriptions of the test questions and timing of the exams are also found on these websites.

It is highly recommended for students to prepare for ACT and/or SAT before they take the exams. Students can take practice tests and attend prep courses to become familiar with the format, types of questions, timing, and directions. Practice tests are available online and LCISD does offer prep courses. See Practice for ACT & SAT in the right column for links.

Career Exploration

When making decisions about your future, you want to have an idea of what your interests are and what careers you would like to pursue. When you are aware of what you want to accomplish in the future, it helps you make a decision about what type of post-secondary education and training you need.

Students can use the college and career search provided by LCISD for high school students: NAVIANCE. Every THS student has access to Naviance to search about interests, career choices, and colleges. For first time log in access see the College/Career Facilitator in the College/Career Center.


COLLEGE VISIT POLICIES 

Students classified in the 11th and 12th grade are eligible for up to (2) days in a school year related to a college or university visit. Students must secure prior campus principal approval per the College Visit Request Form and upon verification of the College Visit Pre-Approval Form verification by the visiting college or university, the accrued absences will not count toward the exemption requirement.  See Ms. Kelly in the Attendance Office for a college visit form.

 Students MUST be passing all classes in order to use a College Visit Day.

Unused days do NOT roll over from Junior to Senior year.

Any College Visits over the approved (2) days per year will be counted as an absence that will count against exemptions.

College Admission Process

After students have narrowed their choices of schools they wish to attend, they need to begin the admission process. Admission procedures may vary; however, it is always important that you APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND MEET ALL DEADLINES.

Top 10%: Applicants who are enrolled in a recognized public or private high school in Texas with a rank in the top 10% of their graduating class will be admitted to a Texas public university. Students in this category must still meet all deadlines to be considered for enrollment. (University of Texas at Austin % cap will change each year.)

Students can always visit the College/Career Center for help from the College/Career Facilitators on their applications. The following is a brief overview of the admission process:

  1. Take the required college entrance examination (ACT or SAT) and have the score report sent to the school(s) by the testing program. (See section on College Entrance Exams)
  2. Complete appropriate application:
    • For Texas 2 year and 4 year public universities students complete the Freshman Common Application at www.applytexas.org.
    • To apply to Private/Independent colleges and universities, go online at www.commonapp.org or go to the specific college's website to complete an application.
    • For all other schools including out-of-state schools, students can access applications on any school’s website.
  3. Arrange to have your transcript sent to the schools. You must request the transcript through Naviance or in the Registrar’s Office by completing the request form at least 24 hours before needed.
  4. Apply for housing by completing an application obtained from the housing department at the school. Remember housing procedures and deadlines vary from school to school.
  5. Start Financial Process by completing the FAFSA. (See section on Financial Aid)
  6. Notify the school you will attend and the schools you will not attend by posted deadline.
  7. Arrange with the Registrar to have a final transcript sent after graduation.