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Students Explore – and Choose – Colleges After High School

Sep 23, 2016

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Hundreds of Frisco ISD juniors and seniors and their parents descended on Heritage High School September 21 to meet with admissions representatives from colleges and universities from across the country.

They asked questions, picked up informational brochures and fliers and learned more about areas of study and other opportunities available at each school.

Each year, more than 90 percent of FISD graduates choose to further their education in some way after high school.

The FISD Guidance and Counseling Department tracks where Frisco ISD graduates most often send their high school transcripts.

The most popular colleges and universities among the Class of 2016 included Collin College, The University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, Texas Tech University, Blinn College, Stephen F. Austin University and Texas State University.

This list has remained mostly consistent for the past four years – with minor additions or subtractions of area schools. FISD counselors note that tuition cost, proximity to home and majors offered often keep this list very stable.

The most popular out-of-state colleges for the Class of 2016 were the University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama. Brigham Young University in Utah and Brigham Young in Idaho both made the list, as well as Oklahoma Baptist University. Louisiana State University and Louisiana Tech remained on the list from past years. Returning to the list after falling off last year was the University of Arizona.

Other FISD students have strong ties to private universities of educational renown and seek admittance to those institutions. Some popular private universities that attract FISD students include Austin College, Baylor University, Abilene Christian University and Southern Methodist University, not to mention many others throughout the state and nation.

FISD students may also be found at top-ranked national universities such as Harvard, Rice, Stanford, Cornell, Washington University in St. Louis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others. In 2016, students applied and are now attending these universities, plus Pepperdine, University of Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

“While college is not for every student, FISD counselors want to make sure it is an option for students who want to pursue further education,” said Director of Guidance and Counseling Brenda Berry. “We can help students look at potential majors, cost considerations and academic requirements, which are all important factors when considering where to attend college.

“College Night opens up a number of possibilities for students to consider. It never hurts to apply to a college.”

Events and activities engaged students across the District for College Week the week of September 19-23.

Students from kindergarten to senior year participated in dress-up days, learned about possible colleges, majors and careers, and were encouraged to dream big about their futures.

Learn more about College Week and Frisco ISD’s efforts to help students and parents prepare for life after high school.

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