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A Guide Book To Starting College

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A Guide to Starting College
College, Is It For Me?
Deciding what you want to study can be confusing, but that is normal. Sometimes students will even change their major* while going to school. The good thing is that there are different resources available to help you decide.
“College, Is It For Me?”
A Guide Book To Starting College.
College Catalog:
College Catalog:
Each college has a catalog that is full of information about the college. The catalog will list all of the certificates and degrees that the college offers and which classes are required for each certificate or degree. By looking at the catalog, you can choose what you would like to study by the subject or by the types of classes you would like to take.
This website is a great resource that will help you decide what you want to study.
You can look at different jobs and what kind of college classes you would need to take for these jobs.
How to read a Catalog?
Most colleges put their catalog on their website. Not all of the catalogs are the same.
Academic Advisors
Colleges* have academic advisors who can help you decide what major might be good for you and what classes you will need to take. To contact an academic advisor, contact the school and ask to speak with one

Questions to Ask the Academic Advisor
It is a good idea to write down some questions you would like to ask the academic advisor before you meet with him or her.
Difference Between a Two Year College and a Four Year University:
Two Year College
Two Year College (Community College):
At a two year college you can take a few classes, earn a certificate
, or earn an associate degree.
Examples of Two Year Colleges
Morgan Community College (MCC):
Community College of Denver (CCD):
(303)-352-3079 For More community colleges go to :

Difference Between a Two Year College and a Four Year College/University:
Four Year College/University

Four year College/University:
At this type of school you can earn a bachelor degree, a master degree, or a doctorate

Examples of Four Year Colleges and Universities:
Colorado State University (CSU):

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Couple of Questions to ask.
What Do You Need To Be Ready For College?

Certificate of Education:

You need a high school diploma or a diploma that is equal to a high school diploma, if you want to go College. If you have a foreign diploma it needs to be approved by the college you want to go to.
What Do You Need To Be Ready For College?

Academic Skills:

Your reading, writing, and math skills should be high enough to complete college level classes
What Do You Need To Be Ready For College?

You need to have time to attend class, study, and do homework
What do you need to be ready for college?
What Do You Need To Be Ready For College?


Most colleges and organizations that work with colleges like to contact people through e-mail.
What Do You Need To Be Ready For College?


College can be expensive. Make sure that you can afford it and that you know the resources available to help you pay for college.
Chapter 2: Why go to College?
Earn A Certificate:

You can complete a set of classes to train for a certain career. Certificates takes less time to earn than a degree.
Earn a Bachelor's Degree:
Earn a Master's Degree:
Earn a Doctorate Degree:

To further your education, You may choose to take additional classes. You usually need a master's degree to apply for the doctorate level of studies.
Earn an Associate's Degree:

By completing a set of classes equal to about 60 credit hours*, in your chosen area of study.
By completing classes equal to about 120 credit hours*, in your chosen area of study.
After getting a bachelor's degree you may take additional classes required for your chosen area of study.
What Do You Need To Be Ready For College? :

Selective Services

All men between the ages of 17 and half and 26 years of age must register with Selective Services. Registration is required. If you are older than 26, you must obtain a letter from Selective Service. If you are younger than 17 and half years of age, or you are female, then you don’t need to register. For more information, or to register, go to
*credit hours are how a college measures your progress. Each class is worth a certain amount of credits.
Chapter 3: What Should I Study?
Course Course Title Credits
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I: SC1 4
HPR 117 Anatomical Kinesiology 3
ENG 121 English Composition I 3
HWE 100 Human Nutrition 3
HPR 178 Medical Terminology 2
Make an Appointment With an Academic Advisor:
What Would you Like To Study?
What subject?
There are many different colleges to choose from, so it is normal if you are not sure which college to choose. The important thing is to choose a college that will work for you.
Where Should I Go to College?
2 year
4 year
Be careful, there are some colleges out there that require you to pay for all four years of classes whether you finish the classes or not. When you apply for a college, make sure you only have to pay for one semester at a time. None of the colleges we listed require you to pay for all four years up front.

Public College:
A public college or university is one that is funded by the state so it has two different tuition rates:
• In-State Tuition: For students who live in that state.
• Out-of-State Tuition: For students who don’t live in that state and it is more expensive then In-State Tuition.
• Accepts and offers credits that will easily transfer.
Private College:
A private college or university is one that is not funded by the state so:
•Tuition is the same for all students
•Doesn’t have to accept transfer credits so if you plan to transfer to a private school, contact the school and see what credits will transfer and which ones won’t.
Difference Between a Public College and Private College:
Accredited College:
This is a college that has been approved by an accreditation company.
Unaccredited College:
This is a college that has not been approved by an accreditation company.
accredited college, you can apply for financial aid from the government.
go to an unaccredited college, you cannot apply for financial aid from the government.
Have your transcript translated into English.
Have your transcript evaluated.
*If you are planning to start at a Community College and then transfer to a University, contact the University first and tell their advisor about your plans.
Present the degree to the college you wish to attend so they can let you know if they will accept it or not.
Websites for Evaluating a Transcript:
How Can I Pay for College?
College Opportunity Fund (COF):
Living in Colorado fill out
Pass your class, COF pays
Fill out the application
The government will decide
Examples of Financial Aid:
To Apply For a Scholarship:
2. Click on Admissions
3. Click on Financial Aid
4. Click on Scholarships
5. Click on any of the scholarships you are interested in to find out how to apply
financial opportunities
*If you get a letter that says you cannot get financial aid, take the letter to the Financial Aid Office of the college you want to attend and ask what you can do to get financial aid. Sometimes all you need to do is bring in an ID or fill out a form and then you can get financial aid.
Tuition Reimbursement:
If you have paid for college and passed the classes, some companies will pay you the money you spent on tuition and classes
Applying to MCC is easy! Just follow these steps:
Take a Placement Test
To find out what classes you should take first.
To practice placement test go to:
Ask about Testing out of class
3.Challenge Test
Reading a Class Schedule:
There is help while in college
Student Services
Academic Advisors
other students
Learning Resource Center
How to Do Well in College?
1.Go to Class Everyday:
2.Listen and Take Notes in Class:
3. Be Prepared:
4. Participate:
5. Do the Homework:
6. Ask for Help:
7. Read the Class Syllabus:
8. Make Time:
9. Use a Planner:
10. Talk to the Teacher:
Remember; don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goal. If you can imagine it, and if you can believe it, you can achieve it.
The College prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment that violates federal, state law, or Board Policy 3-120 or Board Policy 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation in our educational activities or programs or work environment. The College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Executive Order 11246, and sections 24-34-301, C.R.S. et seq..
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact:
Equal Opportunity Officer:
Melissa Richerson
Director of Human Resources
920 Barlow Road
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Title IX Compliance Officer:
Susan Clough
Vice President for Administration and Finance
920 Barlow Road
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
• www.morgancc.edu
• www.collegeincolorado.org
• www.fafsa.ed.gov
• www.collegeopportunityfund.org
• http://www.sss.gov/
• Public University vs. Private College
o By Peterson's Staff updated on Monday, January 28, 2013

o http://www.petersons.com/college-search/public-university-vs-private.aspx
• http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

And special thanks to all the great people at Workplace Education and Morgan Community College whose valuable information and help made this book possible.
Good luck
“College, Is It For Me?”

A Guide Book To Starting College.

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Class Schedule Vocabulary:
1.CRN: Course Registration Number
2.Course#: The number of the course (class)
3.Course Title: The name of the course (class)
4.Credits: the number of credits of that class.
5.Inst.: The instructor (teacher) of the class
6.Days: Days of the week the class meets:
a.M- Monday b.T- Tuesday c.W- Wednesday
d.R- Thursdays e.F- Friday
Morgan Community College Workplace Ed

Computers are an important tool
that you will need to use for college;
Looking for a college, applying, and even to do your homework
Take Classes:

You can take a few classes to improve your professional skills, Such as typing or business management.
*major: the main subject you will study at college.
College in Colorado
Jobs in demand
How much jobs pay
Am I ready to
start college?
Why Are You Going to College?

Computer skills:
Do I want a certificate,
a degree, or improved
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College can help you be successful. By getting a degree, a certificate, or taking a few classes to improve your skills you are increasing the opportunities available to you. The biggest question you must ask yourself is,
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What you can do a college:
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If you are planning to start at a Community College and then transfer to a University, contact the University and tell an advisor about your plans.
Meeting date
Location and directions
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Why Consider transferring?
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Class sizes- community colleges are smaller
Price- community colleges cost less
Gives you experience- You have a better
chance of being accepted by a four year college
if you are a transfer student.
How to Transfer:
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Compare taking a class online or in a classroom:
In Class= see teacher and other students every class
on line= flexible hours all on the computer at home
Examples of online colleges:
Colorado community college
register at MCC
University of Colorado
and others
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If you have trouble using the online catalog you can always ask student services at the college to help you.
Page 19 Chapter 5

What if I have a foreign degree?
There are ways to get your degree to work
in the United States.
Page 20
Get an official transcript from Your former school.
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Hello Advisor?
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Where you attend
Which classes you take
How many classes you take
The cost of materials needed
Some of the Costs
of colleges
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Help from employer
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Financial Help Checklist

Chapter 9
Page 44 - 46
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Speak to your teacher before you leave a class.
There are ways to drop a class to minimize penalties
Chapter 7
Pages 28 -38
Enrollment checklist
Remember to pay for college
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Chapter 8 page 39-42
You also need
work studies
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