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Planning for College

Contrary to popular belief, planning for college shouldn't start the summer before freshman year.

There is a lot to consider and discover along the way, and you want to make sure you get started on the right foot. Though it may seem simple, there are many questions first-time students need to consider. What major do you want? What minor? Do you want to live on campus or off campus? How many credits a semester are you going to take, and what classes? It may seem like a lot to chew on, but the sooner you start planning the more prepared you will be for the years to come.

In High School

High school is the ideal time to begin planning your college career. The University of Nevada, Reno, like all other universities nationwide, requires a certain number of courses to be taken throughout the duration of a student's high school life. Freshman year students should plan their schedules accordingly for the years to come.

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program at the University of Nevada, Reno as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate of an approved or accredited high school and satisfy the below requirements:

English: 4 units
Emphasis on composition; rhetoric; and American, English and world literature.

Mathematics: 3 units
Includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry or other advanced math.

Social Studies: 3 units
Includes world history and geography, U.S. history, economics, government and law.

Natural Science: 3 units
Preferably biology, chemistry and physics, with at least two in a laboratory science.

Applying from California? Compare this section to the California A-G subject list

But simply taking the right classes is only half of the battle. Students should prepare in other ways as well. Community service always looks good on a college application, and sometimes resumes are even submitted when applying for school. However, more than that are the tests. All colleges require ACT and/or SAT scores when considering perspective students, so taking the PSAT as a sophomore or junior is recommended before taking the SAT and ACT the following year.

With the right classes taken to meet the requirements, enough activities to build a persuasive profile, and adequate SAT and ACT scores, students are well on their way to making it into the University.

Costs, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Student Jobs

Is money an issue, but you don't have the time or the resources to run around town all day and juggle your schoolwork with your day job? Why not consider student employment? Working for the University presents a plethora of advantages to any half-time or full-time students. With flexible, part-time hours, student employment can work around a student's schedule and offer plenty of opportunity to balance classes with work.

There are many other advantages to working on campus. Not only does it save time and money from constantly commuting between two locations, but it helps students build a sense of community with the University. Student employment also offers those students with little to no employment history a chance to begin building a resume and necessary career skills. Students also are able to get work relating to their field of interest, which can be useful for post-graduation endeavors.

Admission and Orientation

Preparing to begin

High school is over. You've graduated and now you have a whole summer to get ready to start the next big adventure: college life. There is a lot you can do to get ready for this big step. By now you've hopefully figured out your living situation, whether you're going to be staying at home with the family, hitting up the dorms with your peers, or going out into the real world to rent your own place. Regardless, it's time to go through your closet and junk drawers and decide what's worth keeping and what's going to be left behind.

College is a journey, but before you embark make sure you're prepared. Touring the dorms and campus is a good place to start. For the next four years the University is going to be your home, and it's best to know your way around. The University of Nevada, Reno, offers plenty of opportunities to tour the campus in the summer, and for students living in the dorms there are dorm tours as well.

But that's not the only key to getting ready for the big change. Knowing your way around is one thing, but what do you do when you get there? If you haven't registered for classes already, now's a good time to do so, and then you need to get ready for those as well. Buy your books, notebooks, pencils, and any other school supplies that you'll need. Having it before classes actually start helps avoid those frantic scrambles for things last minute.

There you have it. Armed with your schedule, campus map, and trusty pencil, you are ready to start the next stage of your life: college awaits.

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