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Back to School: College Applications

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Harner said she gets involved because she loves helping out her community. Harner said she gets involved because she loves helping out her community.
Hahn said it’s best to check with the school where you want to go since they all have different requirements. Hahn said it’s best to check with the school where you want to go since they all have different requirements.
Hahn said students should start the college process early. Hahn said students should start the college process early.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

As college students move into their dorms and get ready to start school, another set of highs school students start thinking about where they want to go to college and how to apply.

But some say the application process should start much earlier than high school.

"We actually go down to the elementary age, middle school, junior high to help students prepare for college," said Lenell Hahn, the Director of Admissions at Southeast Missouri State.

Hahn said students should start the college process early.

She suggests looking at schools junior year of high school and applying before senior year even starts.

To get into Southeast Missouri State, admissions looks at the student’s GPA, test scores on the ACT or SAT, and required core curriculum classes.

For Southeast Missouri State, students are required to take 17 Units of High School Core Courses.

-4 units of English

-3 units of Math

-3 units of Social Studies

- 3 units of Science

- 1 unit visual performing arts

- 3 units of additional courses (like a foreign language)

But Hahn said it’s best to check with the school where you want to go since they all have different requirements.

"It doesn't matter if my dad or my mom or my sister when to college it just doesn't matter, every person is different and so it's just a brand new experience and it’s hard," said Janna Harner.

Harner is a senior at Anna-Jonesboro High School. She’s a local pageant title holder, tutors kids in the area, and is involved with Beta Club, Spanish Club and National Honors Society to name a few.

Harner said she gets involved because she loves helping out her community.

"I have to keep a calendar now because I will double book myself," said Harner.

But it’s those very activities that can help her college future.

"We look for a very well rounded student for scholarship awards," said Hahn.

Hahn said the financial burden of college is one of parents biggest worries. But when students get involved like Harner, they could earn scholarships to help.

"It was more of keeping track of it, because when it came time to fill out forms for scholarship I was like I don't even remember what I've done, I have no idea I had to get on Facebook and look at my pictures and was like, oh, I did this at this day, that's how I did it but it never, that was never the reason behind it, though it definitely is helpful for scholarships," said Harner.

Scholarships, test scores, and core classes … all things Hahn said high schools students should think about this school year to get ready for college.

If you don’t qualify for admission to Southeast Missouri State’s main campus, Hahn said there are alternative options and locations to still get higher education.

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