Quick Guide to College
What Do I Need to Do? And When?
We know that applying to college can be a little intimidating, but relax, we’ve worked hard to make the process easy
for interested students. Use this list of helpful tips to stay on track.
Applying for Admission
It’s now free to apply to Northeast Community College. Northeast offers many choices in the liberal arts and sciences and career programs where you can graduate with a certificate, diploma or two-year degree. Day, evening, and online classes make an education at Northeast convenient and
Check out our campus and get a feel for the College, what classes will be like, and the type of atmosphere Northeast
has to offer. Touring campus allows you to visit with current students, meet with faculty of your program, and see
everything the College has to offer you.
Apply for Scholarships
Find out what free scholarship websites are available as most college financial aid offices have information on their
websites. You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship.
Apply for Financial Aid
Most students apply for financial aid the semester before they plan on attending college. You can complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online or obtain a hard copy application from most college financial aid
Living on Campus
Apply for Housing on campus early! The sooner the better to make sure that you have a place to stay. Living on campus
is great for students. Students who live on campus do better in their classes and have greater opportunities to meet
more students on campus.
Take Early College or Dual Credit Classes While in High School
You’ll get a jump start on college and lighten your class load during your college years. Check with the Admissions office to see if your program has specific requirements.
You may find that you need a minimum test score or that you need to take some prerequisite courses the summer before
you start school. Some programs have limited enrollment and only admit a certain number of students.
Take a Placement Test
ACT/SAT/ASSET/COMPASS are all placement tests. You will need at least one of these tests on file before you sign up
for classes. Check with the College Testing Center for details about testing. Scores are good for up to five years.
Not Sure What You Want to Do?
Take a Career Planning class. Northeast offers a one-credit-hour Career Planning class that includes career assessment and research and working with an advisor to devise a career plan. The class is offered every eight weeks and also online.
Need Help in Classes?
Northeast offers resources for students to be successful in class. We have Disability Services for students with a
diagnosed disability, either learning or physical. We also offer a two-credit-hour Learning Skills for Success Class
that assists students in acquiring skills and attitudes that promote success in the classroom. We have free academic
services including Tutoring and a Writers' Clinic.
Attend a Registration Session
Almost every college requires a new student to attend a registration
session. If you are returning or transferring to Northeast, you may participate in an online orientation.
Northeast holds a large registration session the first full week in June prior to the Fall Semester. Some limited enrollment programs require your attendance at registration or you forfeit your spot in the program. At registration, you will meet with your advisor, register for classes, and can also visit with financial aid and residence life. If you have specific questions about registration, contact the Admissions Office.
Eight Helpful Steps in Choosing a College
- Before making a list of colleges to consider, spend some time putting together a list of the criteria most important to you (location, size, academic programs, campus environment, co-curricular activities, etc.).
- If you are thoughtful and thorough in this phase of the process, it will be much easier for you to create your "colleges to explore" list, the next step in your college exploration.
- Do not rule out colleges whose names you do not recognize.
- Attend college fairs, meet with college representatives visiting your school, read the literature you receive in the
mail, talk to your counselor, and use the many great resources available online. Explore lots of options and seek
- Visit as many colleges as possible, ask lots of questions, spend as much time as possible at each institution, and, if possible, have your family accompany you.
- Your family knows you better than anyone else, thus their observations and opinions may prove very helpful to you (even if you agree on nothing else).
- Make sure you send a copy of any final college transcripts to the Registrar’s Office. If you have taken any college-level classes in high school through a local college, make sure to have an official copy of your transcript sent to your college of choice as well.
- The website below was designed by students for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges of going to college. It provides information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college.