College Facts Quiz
1. 90% of high school students would like to go to college.
TRUE.Most teens say that they want to go to college. But getting to college takes hard work and careful planning, such as taking the right courses during high school. Remind students that if they think they would like to go to college – like most teenagers – they will need to work hard during middle school and high school.
2. You have to attend four years of college to get a degree.
FALSE.There are many types of colleges and degrees. Some careers require one or two years of college. Others require four years. Still others require more than four years. It just depends on what you want to do.
3. Only rich people can afford to go to college.
FALSE. College can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford to go. There are many ways to pay for a college education. Most students get financial aid to help pay for college, and most aid is based on need. That means that the less money you have, the more aid you can get. Tuition at community colleges is less expensive than four-year colleges, and you may be able to live at home to save money.
4. Anything that is taught in college you can learn on the job.
FALSE.Most jobs require some on-the-job training. However, for most jobs, you will also need technical or problem-solving skills before you are hired, and that almost always requires you to get some level of education after graduating from high school.
5. Many people don’t know what they want to study when they start college.
TRUE.Join the crowd! Lots of college students haven’t decided on a major or a career. At most colleges, you can spend your first year taking different courses so that you can narrow your choices. Academic advisors and counselors will help you make the decision.
6. If your grades aren’t very good you can’t get into college.
FALSE.Different colleges have different requirements for admission. Colleges also look at other qualities in addition to your grades, such as activities, involvement in the community, and hardship.
7. There are lots of high paying jobs that don’t require any training after high school.
FALSE.There are jobs available to people who only have a high school diploma, but most of these jobs are low-paying and won’t support a family. Statistics show that, on average, the more education you have, the more money you will make and the easier it will be for you to find a good job.
8. If you don’t know how to apply to college you can’t go.
FALSE.If you don’t know how to apply to college, you can get help during high school from your school’s guidance counselor. There are also many great resources on the Internet to help.
9. If you’re tired of school there’s no way that you’ll like college.
FALSE.College is very different from high school or middle school. You’ll choose a major and you’ll be able to take specialized courses that interest you.
10. Middle school and high school don’t really matter.
FALSE. Working hard in middle school and high school is the most important thing you can do to prepare for college… and an exciting career.
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