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ACT Test Prep


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National Butterfly Center

National Butterfly Center

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Texas Common Course Numbering System


The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) is a voluntary, co-operative effort among 136 Texas community colleges and universities to facilitate transfer of freshman and sophomore level general academic coursework. TCCNS provides a shared, uniform set of course designations for students and their advisors to use in determining both course equivalency and degree applicability of transfer credit on a statewide basis. When students transfer between two participating TCCNS institutions, a course taken at the sending institution transfers as the course carrying the same TCCNS designation at the receiving institution.

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9th Graders: How to Approach High School Successfully


Many students getting ready to start high school this fall wonder how they can ensure that the transition goes off without a hitch. After all, the double whammy of more responsibility and less oversight can leave some students feeling overwhelmed. It’s now up to you to structure your own time and study routines, and how you approach this now can make all the difference in how successful you’ll be.

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7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2019–20 FAFSA® Form


If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2019–20 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2018. You should fill it out as soon as possible on or after Oct. 1 at the official government site,

It’ll be easier to complete the FAFSA form if you gather what you need ahead of time. Below is what you’ll need to fill it out.


19-20 FAFSA Info



College Greenlight

College Greenlight

We connect first generation and underrepresented students to caring colleges, generous scholarships, 

and life-changing counselors and mentors!

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UT Austin

Welcome back! I hope the school year is off to a great start and you are as excited about the beginning of the fall semester as we are at The University of Texas at Austin. Last week we kicked off the start of the new academic year by welcoming over 8,000 new Longhorn students. You know our students well, and you know why we so look forward to the impact they will make on the Forty Acres and the world when they graduate in four years. Thank you for all you have done to help our new students prepare for success at UT Austin. We so appreciate all you do to make a difference in the lives of your students, and we are so delighted that they have chosen UT Austin for their college home.

Fall 2019 Application Cycle

Over 2,500 students have already applied for fall 2019 admission to UT Austin. This is an exciting time for students and their families, but we recognize that there is a lot to consider. A few key reminders for the fall 2019 freshman admission cycle:

• Automatic admission eligibility: UT Austin freshman applicants who are in the top 6% of their Texas high school class are eligible for automatic admission to fall 2019. Students who may have questions should contact the Office of Admissions.

• Simplified scholarship consideration: As a reminder, all students who apply for admission will be considered for university scholarships. A few scholarships do have specific eligibility criteria and require students to complete a survey. Otherwise, students are automatically considered for available scholarships by submitting their application for admission. Please note that each applicant who submits a complete application for admission will be prompted to review this additional list via the university's MyStatus online portal. Visit the Admissions Scholarships web page for additional information. As always, we strongly recommend that students complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to ensure that students can be considered for all for which they may be eligible.

Longhorn Fridays — You are invited!

Our commitment to students and student success is centered in academic success, but another key part of our support to students is to ensure that they feel a sense of belonging to our community. Last week we officially kicked off Longhorn Fridays. This effort is focused on fostering a strong sense of belonging among our students—they are part of a very special community—our Longhorn family of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Our community will celebrate Longhorn Fridays across campus and around the world—making it easy for Longhorns on- and off-campus to share their connection to the Forty Acres and their pride in the university by wearing burnt orange on Fridays.

Stay in touch

Our admissions team and I are looking forward to seeing many of you during our Counselor Updates across Texas this month. Please feel free to contact me or UT Austin's admissions counselors with your comments, suggestions, or questions.

All the best to you and your students this year.

Hook 'em!


Miguel V. Wasielewski, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Admissions

The University of Texas at Austin




Latino History Essay Competition

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Texas OnCourse MapMyGrad

Texas OnCourse


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Making College a Reality for All High School Students

Making College a Reality for All High School Students

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UT Austin Update on Admissions Application

for Fall 2019

UT Austin Update for Admissions Application for Fall 2019




Simplifying College Fairs, Start to Finish!

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About the ACT Test | ACT

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STC Success Module

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US News


Make a College Short List

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The Gates Scholarship




Taco Bell Tuition Reimbursement and Education | Guild Education

Taco Bell partnered with Guild Education to help employees like you feed your dreams. It’s easier than ever to balance a career and an education.

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Study Habits Clip Art


Study Habits:

The Building Blocks to College-Readiness

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Microsoft Education

Student & Teachers Get Office 365 for Free!


Microsoft Office 365


It's not a trial! Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need to get started is a valid school email address. Get started.

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Javelina Preview Days!


TAMU Kingsville


Javelina Preview Days gives you and your family the opportunity to take a sneak peek at Javelina Nation and all that being a Javelina has to offer. Javelina Preview Days also helps you prepare for college and gain insight into life as a college student. We understand college is more than academics, and by attending Javelina Preview Days, you can get an up-close and personal look at the well-rounded experience Texas A&M University-Kingsville provides for its students.

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OpenEd for ACT




With your OpenEd account, you can access your personalized resources and start practicing for the ACT.

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ACT Practice Tests


7 full-length practice tests for the ACT - Peterson’s ACT practice tests mimic the structure and timing of the actual ACT exam. Additionally, each section within the practice tests can be reviewed after the section is scored. While reviewing the sections, students will be presented with their results along with the correct answer and a detailed explanation of the problem.

Test topics include:

  • English-tests knowledge of grammar, usage, and organization
  • Math-includes topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and trigonometry
  • Reading-assesses reading comprehension skills
  • Science-tests ability to analyze and interpret scientific information
  • Writing-requires student to write an essay that expresses his or her position on the issue presented

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High School Aerospace Scholars



NASA wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related major or career. Learn more about the program by viewing "High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery." The adventure starts this fall with an online course and culminates - for students who earn the opportunity - with an onsite summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

Amherst College in Massachusetts

Of the 1,388 institutions that submitted financial aid data to U.S. News, 66 reported covering full need.

A generous financial aid package can make the difference in whether some students can attend a certain college – especially if that school comes with a hefty price tag.

Financial aid packages are one way that schools reduce the net price for some families and entice prospective students. For the 2016-2017 school year, only 66 out of 1,388 ranked colleges and universities reported meeting students' full financial need, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey.

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*** Early decision versus early action ***

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counselors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

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US News

Best Engineering Schools

Ranked in 2017 | Best Engineering Schools Rankings Methodology

Before you can make your mark as an engineer, you need to find the graduate school that can best help you build your skills. With the U.S. News rankings of the top engineering schools, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

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Tufts School of Engineering

Applying to the School of Engineering

Engineering applicants follow the same application process as any first-year applicant to Tufts. Here are some ways to tailor your application to successfully demonstrate your fit for our School of Engineering.

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How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum

Getting into elite schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and others is a goal of many high school students. How exactly to accomplish this is often a mystery to students and parents going through the admissions process. Lots of unhelpful and vague advice abound, especially from people who have never gained admission themselves to these schools.

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TACRAO Registration

As you may all be aware, TACRAO College Fairs are right around the corner. It will be a busy but productive time for everyone involved. We are all looking forward to meeting your students and helping them obtain all the information they need to better prepare for the next big step in their educational career. 

Students can simply register online where they will receive a printable barcode. Completing the registration and having this barcode with them at the college fair will greatly enhance the students’ experience. Please see the link below and the attached flyer that we created for your schools.

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South Texas College


The Division of Nursing and Allied Health

The South Texas College Division of Nursing and Allied Health is a learner centered division committed to the education of healthcare professionals. STC's Nursing and Allied Health programs combine the highest quality instruction with clinical experience in both hospital and community settings.

Our Programs:

Choose one of our academic programs to learn more about the variety of healthcare careers available through South Texas College. Learn about the requirements, prerequisite courses, the application process and special clinical requirements needed for participating in your program of choice.

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3 Reasons Your PSAT Scores Matter

Most high school students are familiar with the SAT and spend considerable time getting ready for the exam. However, before they ever sit for the SAT, many will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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How to Create Your FSA ID

This video will show you how to create your FSA ID.

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application.

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After the FAFSA:  What Happens Next

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are wondering what happens next?  Check out the video below to learn what to expect after completing the FAFSA.

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National CO-OP Scholarship Program

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National CO-OP Scholarsip Program



Big Future College Search Engine

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Big Future College



Small Liberal Arts Colleges

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Liberal Arts Colleges



QuestBridge Partner Schools 

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QuestBridge Partner Schools



List of Fly-In Programs

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Fly-In Programs



Map Out Your Financial Aid Award Letter

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Map Out Your Financial Aid Award Letter




How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award Letter PODCAST

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College Essay Guy



How to Use Technology More Responsibly

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Contemplative Computing

Bored and Brilliant



Master These Skills Before College

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Skills to Learn Before College



10 Questions Every Parent/Sudent Should Ask About Campus Safety

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Campus Safety



CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE

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CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE



Dealing with Stress During College

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Dealing with Stress



Scholarship Scam Red Flags

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Scholarship Scam Red Flags



Financial Aid Lingo

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Financial Aid Lingo



The College Scorecard for Choosing Colleges!

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College Scorecard



Texas OnCourse – Pathways to Postsecondary & Career Success for Texas Students

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Texas OnCourse



What is FAFSA?

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What is FAFSA?



College Survival Vocabulary

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College Survival Vocabulary



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 In response to the change in the FAFSA schedule, colleges participating in ApplyTexas have chosen to move the opening date for admission applications up to July 1 (from August 1). 

This will start on July 1, 2017 with the opening of the 2018-19 application cycle (which includes applications for summer 18, fall 18, and spring 19).  



Important Links


ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texans and non- Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.



The Common Application is a not-for-profit, member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process



Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.



What is JagNet is a registration Portal as well as a place to get the current news and events that are happening at South Texas College.  JagNet is where you can access the library services from home or anywhere you have access to a computer and internet.  JagNet can also be used for some class enhancements depending on the classes that you are taking you instructor will let you know what you need to do inside of JagNet and where to go.


You probably know Blackboard as the company that makes the learning management system used by thousands of institution. Sure, we build education technologies and engaging interfaces focused on the learner. But we also offer services, analytics, and communication tools to support everyone’s learning



Website which provides information on Texas Colleges and Universities