At Rainier Christian High School, we love and respect our students. We work diligently to prepare them for the next season in their lives – intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Our hope is that the resources we offer will be helpful for parents and students. Please feel free to contact the Counseling Office at any time. We can help with SAT, scholarships, the application process, FAFSA, etc.
How do I decide on a college? Use the college tools below, see Mrs. Rosin for a College Comparison Worksheet and be in prayer! “Many are the purposes of a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (Pro. 19:21)
Visit college campuses! Most colleges also welcome overnight visits where you can be a college student for a weekend. You’ll experience classes, the cafeteria, students, games and the college culture. These weekends are tons of fun! They not only help you to narrow down your college decision, but also help to ease anxieties you have and see how exciting college will be. Daytime visits, touring the campus and virtual tours are encouraged by public and private universities. If you can’t visit in person, go to the college/university website and scope out every link that gives you insight into campus life.
Research Colleges/Universities/Trade & Vocational Schools and pursue the funding to make it happen! Use the websites below to gather information about colleges and financial aid. It is always good to contact the Admissions Offices of colleges/ universities/ vocational & trade schools to obtain the most relevant and applicable information. The process of doing research about post- high school education and careers can seem overwhelming. Start early and be diligent! Make personal contact with colleges and universities. The effort you put forth will reap rewards.
The links listed here are for your initial study and research purposes. Please note that some links may contain material or information not representative of the philosophy and perspective held by Rainier Christian High School. Use discretion.
- AP/SAT/PSAT, college planning, financial aid info, majors and career exploration
- Scholarship search for Washington state high school students
- US News Report
- US News Report on College Funding Tips
- CollegeWeek Live
- Great online resource: Meet Universities. Get Free Advice. Find Scholarships.
- The Common Application
- One Application – Hundreds of Colleges
- College search, Christian athlete programs
- The Princeton Review
- Test prep services, tutoring and admissions resources
- National Center for Education Statistics
- College Navigator: nationwide college profiles, including costs, programs, stats; college match tools; financial aid facts
- Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State – explore careers, find a college & program
- College Express
- Carnegie Communications’ site for college & scholarship searches, lists and rankings, and a host of other helpful info and tools
- First Generation Student
- Are you the first in your family to pursue a college degree? Great resources available here!
- College prep and planning for college and grad school, international students; timelines, admissions and essay resources
Grades and Achievement Tests (SAT/ACT) matter!
GPA is a big factor when it comes to college entrance and scholarships. Colleges look at your grades to assess how you will do in college. Consult with the colleges you’re interested in to see what range of GPAs they look for to qualify for admittance, as well as scholarships. Each college varies. Keep in mind that it’s your cumulative (overall) GPA that counts. That means your GPA starts your freshman year!
Colleges consider SAT/ACT scores to narrow down their applicants. These tests help the college see where you are compared to other high school seniors nationwide. The SAT consists of three parts: Critical Reading, Math and Writing. National averages come out at about 500 on each part, so an overall average would be 1500. You can check with the colleges you’re interested in to see what scores they look for regarding scholarships.
NOTE: Even if you’re not planning on attending a University or College, or if you are planning on attending a Community College first, it’s recommended that you take the SAT. A lot happens your senior year. You may change your mind and want to go to a 4-year college, and many won’t even consider your application if you haven’t taken the SAT. Go to collegeboard.org for test dates and registration information.