Take the mystery out of college planning

Continuing your education in college offers many opportunities, but it requires planning to be successful. In this course, we'll provide the knowledge and resources you need and outline simple steps you can take to get ready for college.

Did you know that accessing accommodations in college is different from high school? With our guidance, you will be well prepared to advocate for the services you need in the next phase of your education. We'll cover the differences between high school and college, selecting a college that fits best for you, accessing accommodations, and what you can do now in high school to prepare for college.

Learn at your own pace through online lessons that include engaging and accessible videos, practical activities, and high-quality resources.

Are you an educator or service provider who wants students to be prepared for college?

Educators and service providers can use this course to help prepare students for postsecondary education success. The content can be taught in either in-person or virtual environments.

Featuring videos, practical activities, and high-quality resources, this course is free, accessible, and provides 10 recertification points if approved by your building administrator.

Lesson 1: The Difference Between High School and College

Whether it's the amount of freedom or how much more responsibility students have, college is a very different environment than high school. This lesson provides information on the differences between high school and college and will give you a glimpse of what to expect while attending college.

Lesson 2: Postsecondary Education and Training

Part of the preparation for going to college is becoming aware of the options available to you. This lesson provides information on some of the various reasons people choose to go to college, gives an overview of the different types of colleges, and examines some of the types of training opportunities you may want to consider as an alternative to college.

Lesson 3: Knowing Myself

When transitioning to college, it serves you well to know who you are. This lesson provides information on the importance of learning styles. You will also explore your strengths, preferences, interests, and needs and how knowing yourself can help you in determining your future pathway.

Lesson 4: Goal Setting and Action Planning

Successfully transitioning to college requires completing some key milestones and goals. This lesson provides information on the importance of setting goals and introduces you to a process for turning goals into actions.

Lesson 5: Applying and Paying for College

Applying for college can be a stressful experience for many people. This lesson provides information on college entrance and admission requirements and discusses the various ways to pay for college.

Lesson 6: Selecting a College

How do you know whether a certain college is a good fit for you? This lesson provides information on identifying important aspects of choosing a college.

Lesson 7: Disability Support Services

Navigating college as a student with a disability includes learning about the resources and services that can support your success. This lesson provides information on a college's Disability Services Office and explores the process for accessing college accommodations.

Lesson 8: Exploring Technology

Technology is another resource you can use to support your success in college. This lesson provides information on the technology that can be used to enhance learning.


Students, grades 8 and higher, who are interested in attending college and have a desire to take a self-paced online class to learn more about the skills and knowledge necessary for college success.

Educators, school counselors, service providers, and family members interested in utilizing the course content to equip students who are interested in gaining information to successfully navigate the college preparation, selection, and disability services process.

For those interested in facilitating the course in small-group or whole-class instructional settings, CTI provides the Get Ready for College Facilitator's Guide.

Technical requirements

Participants need a computer with internet access and the ability to view PDFs and watch videos. CTI video lectures are captioned and have transcripts.

  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Lessons: 8
  • CRC Credits: 10 Credits Recertification Points: 10 Points
  • Pace: Self-paced
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