College Planning

College Exploration

Students are encouraged to begin planning for college prior to entering high school so they will have an opportunity to take classes that will assist them in meeting college entrance requirements. Searching for colleges involves students and their families working together to explore possible options. College admissions experts suggest that students create a list that includes at least three to five realistic college choices and two to three dream options.

Take time to check out the websites of the schools that students are interested in, as well as to schedule campus visits to top considerations. Juniors and Seniors may sign up in the Counseling Center for college rep visits at LSW, which are listed in the Daily Bulletin. Mr. Ernst is the contact person for colleges at LSW.

College Planning

Below are links to sites that will assist with the college planning process:

College Admissions Tests

Both two- and four-year colleges generally utilize some form of college admissions tests that students must complete as part of the application process. The Next Generation ACCUPLACER® placement tests are used by community colleges and technical colleges.

  •  All ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format.
  • There’s no time limit on the tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.
  • ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology and the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question so it’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.
  • The number of questions varies depending on which ACCUPLACER tests you take. There could be as few as 12 questions or as many as 40.
  • No one passes or fails ACCUPLACER tests, but it’s important to complete the test using your best effort, so you and your college have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

Free ACCUPLACER practice tests are available here.

Students planning to attend a four-year college are encouraged to review the differences between the ACT and SAT. It is the students’ responsibility to check with the colleges they are interested in to determine which test is appropriate for them. For more information about the ACT and SAT, and fee waivers for eligible students, please contact Mr. Feeken in the Counseling Center.

AP Exams

For students interested in earning college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) courses, they will want to check with the colleges they are interested in to determine how credits will be awarded based on students’ AP Exam Scores.

Transfer Nebraska

The Transfer Nebraska website offers a way to help students better prepare for college, especially if they are taking dual credit courses. With more than one-third of college students transferring at least once*, this is a site that all students should hear about.

Some things for you to know about Transfer Nebraska:

  • Over 70,000 course equivalencies are shown in Transfer Nebraska.
  • Nebraska’s five University of Nebraska campuses, three state colleges, and eight community and tribal colleges show transfers with many in-state and out-of-state institutions.
  • By taking a dual credit course from one college, students can see the colleges to which the course may transfer.