College and Career
College Application Process
Start your Texas college application process by clicking below.
Apply Texas Website
Start your outside of Texas and private school college application by clicking below.
Common App Website
FAFSA and Financial Aid Information
FAFSA - Click here to get started on the FAFSA
Federal Student Aid - More info from U.S. Department of Education
Financial Aid.org - The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
U.S. Dept of Educ Blog - U.S. Department of Education Blog (use search bar to find helpful articles)
Athletes: NCAA D I, II, III or NAIA
Students interested in playing college athletics must comply with the governing bodies of the schools to which they plan to attend:
NCAA Official Website: www.ncaa.org
Please see the handout by clicking below.
NAIA Official Website: www.naia.org
If your student is being recruited or interested in playing a sport in college, please notify their counselor ASAP. Counselors can help with the process!
Automatic Admission Info
Texas Automatic Admission
University of Texas at Austin- Automatic Admission
Texas State Technical College System
Links to Technical and Trade Schools:
Five U.S. Service Academies:
Careers in the armed forces and links to branches of the service: http://www.armedforcescareers.com
National Civilian Community Corps
AmeriCorps NCCC or 800-942-2677
Career Info and Exploration
Career One Stop
Hot Jobs In Texas
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Success At Work
Texas Career Check
Texas Job Hunters Guide
Texas Reality Check
CERTIFICATE, TECHNICAL, & ASSOCIATE DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES
College Search and Planning
Adventures in Education
College For All Texans
College Affordability Guide
Compare TX Colleges
Know How 2 Go
Online Colleges in Texas
Peterson’s College Information
Texas Genuine- Technical Education
My Next Move
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Course Equivalency and Credit Transfer
Texas Common Course Numbering System
EXPLORE & RESEARCH CAREERS & MAJORS
- TEXASGenuine – Not Sure of Your Career Interests? Take the TEXASgenuine assessment and Find Your Future
- Texas GEAR UP– Explore resources to answer college questions, watch videos of kids who've overcome some of the same challenges you may be facing, get the full scoop on your dream career, and more.
- Texas Career Check – Explore careers and interests; education opportunities, etc.
- Texas Reality Check – Will you be able to afford the lifestyle you want? It's difficult to predict the future, but it's never too early to start planning for it. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your living expenses will cost, and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them. Explore careers and learn Texas average pay and average need for each. Then learn what you need to do and what schooling is needed.
- Explore Careers – BigFuture/College Board – Majors that match interests
- Explore Careers – CareerOneStop – What kind of career will fit you best?
- Career Finder – Links your College Board (SAT/PSAT). Career Finder is available to any student with a College Board account. The tool is optimized for mobile but also available on desktop. Once a student consents to link their account with Roadtrip Nation, they’ll answer a few quick questions about what they like and start exploring careers of interest.
- My Next Move – Search careers with keywords, browse careers by industry, find careers that match your interests and training.
- Career Ship – Online career exploration. Match your career interests and review careers by cluster.
- Career Assessment (through Lamar University) – Unsure of what you should major in or what career path you should take? Take the Focus2 Career Assessment! Explore majors, get assistance with academic major selection or course selections, explore occupations. The career assessments help you to identify career fields that pertain to your specific interest, value and skills sets.
- OnTrack – Take an important first step toward a college degree and a brighter future. From smarter study habits and career exploration to paying for tuition, tips, tools and resources will help prepare for college success.
- Careers.org – in-depth occupation profiles for thousands of careers, which contain specific information including: the nature of work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs
- Careers – Houston Chronicle – Click “More” on the right to see a large number of careers with information about training, job outlook, etc.
- Career Profiles – Explore thousands of careers and occupations organized by field and specialty.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Search occupations for national information on jobs, training and education, pay, and job prospects for a wide range of occupations.
- Explore Business Careers – Explore Business, Finance, Accounting, etc., careers. Includes SAT/ACT Prep info, studying in college, scholarship & grant opportunities, finding the right college to attend, and more.
- Explore Health Careers – Includes Allied Health careers, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Mental Health, Nursing, Nutrition, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Vet Medicine, and more!
- Choosing a Medical Career – Explore medical career options, ways to get experience, inspiring stories, expert advice, and more, to help you choose your path to medicine.
- Explore Engineering Careers – Each specialty includes the definition and nature of the work, employment trends, and career advancement opportunities. Site includes colleges/universities with engineering programs.
- Engineering Job Information
- Explore Law Careers – Attorney, Border Patrol, Coroner, Correctional Officer, Criminal Investigator, Customs Agent, Detective, Fish & Game, Game Warden, Law Enforcement, Parole Officer, Social Work, and more!
- What College Major or Career is Best for You?
- What Can I Do with This Major?
- What Can I Do with This Major? (through the University of Mary Hardin Baylor)
- What Can I Do with a Major in… (through the University of North Carolina Wilmington)
- What Can I Do with a Major in…..? career database, salary calculator, top 10 lists, video library, browse industries, colleges and degrees, etc.
- Explore how your high school endorsement MAY continue into college majors and careers. Check out how you could continue in this interest at Lamar University.
RESEARCH and COMPARE COLLEGES & MILITARY OPTIONS
The most important thing to remember about preparing for college is to start as soon as possible. It’s never too early to begin gathering information and to create a step-by-step plan. Here is information to help you get going, with info about choosing a college, the tests you need, the costs you can expect and more.
- College for All Texans
- Compare Colleges in Texas
- Compare Texas Colleges and Universities – admission requirements, tuition and budget summaries, available financial aid resources and application deadlines
- Colleges by State – colleges organized by state - Each state page has a list of colleges, college information, and information regarding online and traditional programs
college Affordability Guide – Texas Colleges
- College Planning Timelines – For Students and Parents, by grade level
- College Bound Mentor – Positioning high school students for the right college
- Colleges With Programs For Students With Learning Disabilities
- College Confidential – World’s largest college forum – test prep, financial aid, admissions, essays, majors, parents, etc.