•  choosing college

    Choosing where to attend college is an exciting and daunting task.  Use the resources provided on this page to learn about schools, both in-state and across the country, so that you can narrow down your list and find the college of your dreams.
     
    Here are some great websites to help you compare schools. 
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    The Common and Coalition Applications

    Start your Common and Coalition Applications before your senior year! 70% of the Coalition Application is made up of the profile section and most of that information can be entered in advance.  In addition, you can start drafting your essays early as well (see the prompts below).

    By starting early, you will save yourself a lot of stress in the fall of your senior year when life gets very busy, and increase your odds of doing a great job.  Click on the links below to learn what you need to do for both applications.

    common app

    Through the Common App, students can save time applying to multiple colleges by filling out the details that most schools require, including name, address, parental employment and education and extracurricular activities, just one time.

    Common Application Guide for First-Time Students

    2021-22 Common App Prompts


    coalition

    Many colleges that use the Coalition App also accept the Common App, so double-check the colleges to which you are applying to prevent needlessly filling out two different applications.

     
     
     **The University of Washington only uses the Coalition Application, and UW has its own essay prompts, which must be submitted inside the UW application (not the Coalition Essay Section).
     

    Two-Year Colleges

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     (Click on a college name to find out what areas of study/programs are offered at each school)
     
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    Important College Admission & Financial Aid Deadlines

    Listed below are some important deadlines for "common destination" schools. 

    Visit college admissions and financial aid webpages for institutions not listed here. 

    Some colleges provide a general scholarship fund, offering hundreds of awards through one application.  If your college(s) of choice offer a general scholarship, it is highly recommended that you apply.  Visit the Educational Institution Scholarship Page for direct links to some General Scholarship Applications.

    College

    Admissions

    FAFSA

    General Scholarship Application

    University of Washington                              Nov. 15 Jan. 15 N/A
    Gonzaga  Dec. 1 March 1 N/A
    Boise State University Dec. 15 Feb. 15 Feb. 15
    Western Washington University Jan. 31 Jan. 31 N/A
    Washington State University Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Jan. 31
    Eastern Washington University Feb. 1 Feb. 1 Feb. 1
    University of Idaho Feb. 1 Feb. 1 N/A

    Central Washington University

    March 1 March 1 March 1
    Whitworth University March 1 March 1 N/A
    Spokane Falls Community College Rolling June 30 Feb. 28 (must submit FAFSA prior to applying)
    Spokane Community College Rolling June 30 Feb. 28 (must submit FAFSA prior to applying

    Many (if not most) college applications require a fee, but don't let a lack of money stop you from applying.  See your counselor to find out if you qualify for a fee waiver, and check out this guide to getting and using fee waivers on the Common and Coalition applications. 


    Important questions to consider when looking at colleges...
     
    • What type of majors/certifications are offered?
    • What degree programs are offered?
    • Is it accredited?
    • What are the minimum admission requirements (GPA/tests/essays/letters of recommendation)?

    Financial Considerations:

    • How much is the average cost per year? (tuition, books, housing, personal expenses,)
    • What is the average financial aid package offered?
    • What is the graduation rate? 
    • What percentage of students complete their program on time?

    Student Preferences:

    • Is the environment comfortable for me?
    • What is the student to teacher ratio?
    • How large is the student population?
    • How large is this campus?
    • Do I prefer an urban or rural setting?
    • Do I prefer a particular state? Location?
    • How diverse is this campus population?
    • Is housing offered at this institution? How expensive is it?
    • What type of activities would I like to be involved in?