Choosing a College


Assisting Students in the College Search Process

What colleges can and should do for you:
  • Provide information about specific programs and events when requested.
  • Invite groups of students on location to do workshops in specific fields of study, per your request.
  • Host off-site events for teacher in service days/students organizations.
  • Offer free workshops/seminars to teachers/counselors/students on programs offered and courses at the college.
  • Keep you in the loop for any new events occuring at the college.
  • Make available college representatives that can judge your schools' competition and give valuable advice.
  • Sponsor events your high school would like to put on.

What to tell your students about college

Pre-College Prep:
  • Types and difficulty of courses and classes do matter .
  • Colleges look for quality, not quantity.
  • Students volunteer, work, and extra-curricular activities DO matter and may help their admission. 
  • Look for SAT test dates and prep material. A good resource can be found here.
College Search Process
  • Ask to meet with the representative before or after the visit to ask any questions you may have and to keep caught up on the new events/programs at that college.
  • Ask for 'quick facts' about the school from the counselor that you can tell students when asked.
  • Encourage students to VISIT colleges and meet with an Admissions Representatives.
  • Tell students to research schools coming on campus to visit so they have questions to ask the Admission Counselor-if they will not ask questions-YOU as the teacher or counselor should ask about topics you think would benefit the students.
  • Tell students to print out their personal information on mailing labels so they can easily sign up for information at college fairs without having to spend too much time filling in the blanks!
  • Look at college websites-they have EVERYTHING you need to know, plus more!
  • Help student's applications STAND OUT from the rest. Once you have proofed it, have the student add a resume to the application.
  • Inform and encourage students to attend the local college fairs. 


  • Check out websites for posted scholarship contests sponsored by the college-there may be scholarships available for JUNIORS too.
  • Tell students to ASK the financial aid/scholarship departments if there are any merit or need based scholarships available that they meet the qualifications for for-and KEEP asking.
  • When asked to write a recommendation, ask for a resume or list of activities, awards, or goals the student has to help you write a more convincing letter.
  • If you have a student that needs more financial help-ask the college what they can do for the student before you write off that college as expensive.
  • Encourage students to see their financial aid packages before they make decisions on where they want to go.


Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.