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Finding the Right College for You

Getting Into the College of Your Dreams


Key Things to Identify When Considering the Right College For You:

  • Proximity to Home
  • Cost
  • Size and Type of School (public/private/for-profit)
  • Admission Requirements
  • Intended Major(s)
  • Religious Affiliations
  • Athletics
  • Housing
  • Cultural, Extra-curricular, and Social opportunities

College Search Resources To Help Guide This Process:

(These are all resources counselors use when working with your student(s))

Visit a College (if you can) Before You Commit:

Begin by exploring college websites. Once the search is narrowed down, students and their families will learn much about the college campus and programs by visiting the campus. This can take place prior either before or after a student sends in an application. Contact the Office of Admissions to set up a visit.

Join a WOHS College Tour

The West Ottawa High School College Advisor schedules multiple, large group college visits every year. Listen closely to WOBN announcements and follow @GoWO_College on Twitter for information about college visits.


College Representative Visits On-Site at West Ottawa:

Can’t make it to a college for a visit?  Start with a conversation with a college admissions representative from any one of the many colleges that visit West Ottawa High School throughout the school year.  The calendar below is specifically for those daily visits.  Students wanting to meet with one of the colleges that will be on campus, should see the receptionist in either building for more information and a pass.



Junior College Planning Workshop

The following presentation was shared with Juniors and parents on 4/19/16.