Finding the Right College

Size, location, academic focus, campus life, public vs. private, in-state vs. out-of-state are just a few characteristics which should be considered when selecting a college. There is a college out there for everyone; it just takes time to find the best fit for you. Starting the college search process can begin at any time during high school. Most students begin researching college options during junior year. To explore your college choices and find the right college for you, visit these web sites to search the more than 4,000 options out there.


November 6, 2012                   6:45 am – 3 pm                               See Warren for more details!

The College Application

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info

The college application process begins during the fall of a student’s senior year. Application deadlines for colleges range from the middle of November to well into March, so it is important for students to decide where they want to apply and submit their applications and financial aid forms on time. While you can use tools like College Board’s College Matchmaker to learn about a college and their admission information, always contact the college’s admissions office to get the most updated information.

With more than 4,000 different colleges, there is a variety of ways each college actually reviews and selects their students. Only a handful of colleges have a “highly-selective” admissions process. Almost all colleges admit a majority of their applicants. However, students need to be prepared academically (take the right classes and challenge yourself) and socially (get involved with your school and community). These are the most important factors in your application. Talk with each of your potential colleges to learn how they review their applicants so you can do your best in the admissions process. 

You can usually submit an application online or on paper via postal mail. You will most likely be required to send in additional materials, such as test scores and transcripts. Make sure that you complete the entire application and that the college receives everything to make your application complete.

To make sure you are on the right track for your senior year, download a copy of the 12th grade College Readiness Checklist.

Parts of a College Application

  • Personal Information – This section requires you to fill out contact information, parent/guardian information, and demographic information. This is simply a fill-in-the-blank section.
  • Transcript/Grades – Some colleges require you to send official transcripts, while others simply have you self-report your courses and grades in the application itself. This allows the college to see how you have performed academically and how you have challenged yourself.
  • Test Scores – Most colleges will require you to submit official test scores directly from the testing agency. Check with each of your potential colleges to see the best way to report your standardized test scores.
  • Personal Statement/Essay – Many colleges have the opportunity for students to describe who they are beyond test scores and grades and this typically happens in the personal statement. Make sure you spend time writing, revising, and reflecting on the essay prompt.
  • Short Questions/Responses – Colleges can often add additional questions beyond a large personal statement to get to know you even more. Make sure to follow directions and respond to each prompt.
  • Activities Log/ Résumé – To show what you do outside of the classroom, many colleges may ask you to fill out an “activities log” or include a résumé. This allows you to showcase your involvement at your school, community, and personal life.
  • Additional Comments – Students typically have the space to provide any additional information that is not already included in the application itself.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Certain colleges or honors programs at colleges may want to hear from someone that knows you academically or personally and ask that you submit a letter of recommendation. Make sure that you ask your teachers or counselors well ahead of the deadline and provide them with a paid and addressed envelope.

UBer’s … Take the pledge!!!

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info, From UB Staff, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized

Become an Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholar!

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in Scholarships, Uncategorized


Idaho’s high school juniors can apply now to take part in Idaho’s Science and Aerospace Scholars Program. This will be the fourth year of this great program!

To apply you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen and Idaho resident
  • Be a high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Be at least 16 years of age and have parental permission
  • Commit to all aspects of the ISAS program
  • Have internet access and e-mail (home, school, or public library)

Join UB November 02 and visit both Universities to find out!

Envision Idaho

  • Get a look at research labs, art and design studios, a student stock trading  floor, performance halls and more.
  • Meet faculty, tour facilities, discover unique learning opportunities, explore   majors, and learn about careers in a discipline—from business to art to science.
  • Attend a Student Activities Fair to learn about getting involved, social and     recreation activities, and service opportunities locally and abroad.
  • Visit a residence hall, a sorority or fraternity, the Student Recreation Center, and venues for on-campus concerts, socializing and student activities.
  • Interact with experts and current students for tips about financial aid, study abroad, support services, and other popular topics.

WSU Campus Tour

Many current students will tell you it was their first visit to our campus that       confirmed their decision to attend WSU. Tour the campus with a current student guide, get information about academic programs, paying for college, tips for       applying and meet some of our prominent faculty and committed staff. Learn   about more opportunities through TRiO and Student Support Service program.

Registration and Event Details

Warren will assist all seniors interested in attending Envision Idaho and WSU     Tour in registering for the events online. Registration closes October 8th, space is  limited—sign up early. See Warren for more details, paperwork, and for registration. UB will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, transportation to and from Moscow to KHS, and will pay for all event and activity fees.


November 02, 2012

  • 5:30 a.m. – pick up at Kellogg – Travel to Moscow
  • 7:30 a.m. – Check-In
  • 8:00 a.m. – Early Bird Campus Tour
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Welcome! Idaho Experience
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
  • 12:30 p.m. – Travel to Pullman
  • 1:00 pm – Tour WSU
  • 3:15 pm – Tour Concludes
  • 3:30 pm – Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO)
  • 4:00 pm – Walk Downtown/Dinner
  • 5:30 pm – Depart for SV
  • 7:30 pm – Drop off at KHS

Let Warren know ASAP if you are interested in joining!

SAT and ACT: more than alphabet soup

Posted: September 24, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in Uncategorized

They may be just a bunch of letters to you right now, but these exams can be key to your plans after high school.

What the SAT? The SAT is the Scholastic Assessment Test, and it’s required by many 4-year colleges.  If you’re going onto college, it’s definitely wise to take the SAT.

Things you should know:

  • The SAT has 3 main parts: math, critical reading and writing.
  • Many high schools offer SAT preparation classes.
  • The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long and is offered on a handful of Saturday mornings throughout the school year.  (Many students take it in the spring of junior year.)  You need to register about 8 weeks ahead of time.
  • You can take the SAT more than once, but all scores are submitted to selected schools.
  •  UB pays for 1 fee waiver for each student.

What’s the ACT? ACT stands for American College Test.  It’s another important test for postsecondary education. Most colleges require either the SAT or the ACT.

Things you should know:

  • You’ll be tested on specific subjects, including English, math, science, reasoning and reading comprehension.  The test does NOT subtract for wrong answers (unlike SAT).
  • Tests are offered on selected Saturdays (like SAT).
  • You can retest and submit your highest scores only (unlike the SAT).
  • UB pays for 1 fee waiver for each student.

Free Test Prep websites!

Be sure to ask for a FEE Waiver from Mr. Jones!