Comprehensive College Readiness Series Overview: What Does It Mean to Be "Ready for College?"

Our Comprehensive College Readiness blog series explores the various skills and mindsets that students need to be ready for college. Author Julie Sweitzer, Director of the College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota, provides recommendations for preparing middle and high school students for postsecondary education.

What is Comprehensive College Readiness?
Being college-ready means being prepared in five different areas – going beyond the popular prerequisite academic skills and knowledge.

Why Does College Readiness Matter?
The majority of U.S. students are interested in attending college, but don’t know what they need to do to get from high school to postsecondary education.

Connecting Academics and Careers
Preparing students for college means giving them the knowledge and tools they need to explore various career paths and fields – and understand how college can take them there.

Admissions and Financial Readiness
College-ready students should understand both the costs and benefits of attending any post-secondary institution.

Personal Social Readiness
In order to be successful in college – and beyond – students need a set of personal, social, and emotional skills.

Julie Sweitzer is Director of the College Readiness Consortium at the University of Minnesota.  For more information see www.collegeready.umn.edu  and www.rampuptoreadiness.org.

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