How Parents Can Prepare Their Students for College

By: Judi Robinovitz | Last Updated: April 4, 2013

In a few short years your baby is going to graduate high school. Although college is the last thing from their minds right now, help them get a jump start at researching, applying and narrowing down their career interests so they have the best chance of getting accepted into their top pick school. Encourage your child to take AP courses, SAT tests and fine-tune their application essay skills.

Here is a list of great schools for your child to consider:

Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University is a fully accredited institution and one of the few business schools with an AACSB accreditation rating — an honor reserved for only the most elite higher education institutions. Robert Morris University online programs are taught at the same accredited level with applied curricula and a professional focus. This university understands students who live active and busy lifestyles, so all their online degrees are built around a vigorous support system including an advisor. 

University of Chicago

Ranked No. 4 on U.S. News Best Colleges, University of Chicago offers a rich campus life in a big-city setting. If your child loves arts, culture, urban cities and seasons, this is a top pick. Since 1987 this private institution has hosted a scavenger hunt, a four-day event that is often regarded as the largest scavenger hunt in the world, according to their website. The university offers bachelors degrees in 50 majors and 29 minors.

California Institute of Technology

Is your child a techie? The California Institute of Technology is every gamer, tech lover and science kid's dream school. Focusing on science and engineering education, this university has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1, according to U.S. News. Located in Pasadena, California, your child will love stepping outside for some experiments and study sessions with new friends. The school is actively involved in research projects, obtaining grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as stated on the school's website.

Johns Hopkins University

If your child is still unsure on a major or career path, Johns Hopkins offers a wide array of academic programs. Programs include arts, humanities, social and natural sciences and engineering disciplines. The university is located in the bustling city of Baltimore, Maryland and features above-par sports teams. The men's lacrosse team constantly dominates the NCAA Division 1. And the women's lacrosse team is ranked 17th nationally, according to the school's site.

Columbia University

Columbia University is an Ivy League, private school in New York that guarantees students housing for all four years on campus in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood. The school is located in an urban surrounding and features three undergraduate schools: Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of General Studies. This school is harder to get into due to its Ivy League status, but encourage your child to set their sights high.

Topics: College Planning


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