Ready : What You Need to Know
The application deadlines at colleges can vary greatly, so make sure you keep a list of all priority and regular submission deadlines for colleges you're interested in so you don’t miss out.
Keep an eye out for scholarships or chances to enhance your application based on groups you are a part of, the community you live in, or even your hobbies. You never know where you might find inspiration for your career path or extra money to put toward school costs.
Tips & Tricks
Stay organized. You probably have a good amount of stuff on your plate right now, but keeping track of deadlines and taking a breather every now and then will help you stay focused. Follow colleges on social media for extra reminders and tips.
Don’t get too stressed. Choosing the next step in your education can be overwhelming, but you’ll do great! Just keep using the tools available on this website. When you complete a task, reward yourself with a study break to watch your favorite show or hang out with friends.
Ask questions. Teachers, counselors, parents, friends...asking the people around you about their experiences can help you get a better sense of your own goals.
College Credit in High School
Dual-credit programs allow high school students to enroll in college-level courses, either at their own school or at their local community college. Not all schools offer every option, so interested students should talk to their high school counselor. Visit the OSPI Dual Credit website for comprehensive information, or check out the program links below.
Advanced Placement (AP) Programs
Advanced Placement programs enable students to take college-level courses while in high school. Students may earn college credit or move into higher-level college courses by taking AP exams.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs
High-quality programs of international education are offered to a worldwide community of schools. Three programs for students ages 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
The Running Start program in Washington allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College.
College Admission Standards
Minimum college admission standards serve as an academic road map for middle and high school students. The minimum standards do not guarantee admission but do establish a foundational level of academic achievement needed to do successful college work. More information available is available from the Washington Student Achievement Council.
Check out the dual-credit lookup tool to find out how your AP, IB, or Cambridge test scores apply as college credit.
Residency and Citizenship
Your residency and citizenship status can have an impact on things like financial aid and the cost of tuition. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please visit our page on residency and citizenship.