Junior year: True or false
Get involved
Colleges want you to have things on your resume. Join a club or volunteer, then add 1 - 2 activities this summer.
Ace your SATs (or ACTs)
If you didn't do so hot, you can always retake your test in the summer or during the fall of your senior year. Be sure you prepare!!!
Boost your GPA
Your GPA reflects all your classwork so far. If you haven't focused on your studies yet, start now.
Know your major
It's totally okay to be undecided about what you want to study—both now and once you start college.
Visit a few colleges
Campus tours are a good way to remember why you're working so hard, and to get excited for what's ahead. Work some visits into your summer plans!
Pick a dream college
You don't need to pick your college now. Make a list of 5 - 10 places you like and narrow it down later. You should make decisions by October for major universities as their admissions deadlines can be as early as December 1!!

Information for 11th Grade Students

Mrs Daniel will host a trip to tour the Tyler Junior College campus on December 4, 2018. Permission slips are available in Mr. Nimitz' room and Mrs. Daniel's office. As always, you must be passing all classes (as shown in Skyward on Friday, Nov. 30-or bring a note from teacher verifying you are passing the class), have no current or pending disciplinary referrals or actions, and turn the signed slip in by 1:30 on Friday, November 30. A list of those meeting the requirements and approved to go will be posted in Mrs. Daniel's office and Mr. Nimitz' room on Monday. Please check it before you board the bus on Tuesday.

Things to Consider When Choosing a College

15 Things to Consider When Choosing a College

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. While there is a lot of information available to help you decide, knowing what to consider when choosing a college is crucial. We have gathered 15 key factors that can help you evaluate potential schools before you apply.

1. Accreditation

Accredited universities have been recognized by official local, state, and national agencies as providing a high-quality education (US Department of Education). Accreditation is important to applicants who intend to attend graduate school, especially those who will need to obtain advanced degrees in medicine, law, and education, as well as applicants whose financial aid requires that they attend an accredited school. If you intend to transfer credits from one university to another, accreditation can also be a factor. Your new school will only accept your previous coursework if it recognizes your old school’s accreditation.

2. Types of Majors and Degrees Available

No matter how good the school, it will not be the right one for you if it does not offer your preferred area of study or desired degree level. A school’s admissions office would be able to answer any questions you may have concerning the availability of the type of degree you would like to pursue. Their website or brochure will also have a wealth of information. Be sure to read about the available programs and take note of the curriculum, credit requirements, and typical rate of completion.

3. Location

A college’s location can really matter. If you intend to live at home and commute to college, you will want to attend a campus that is located nearby. For those who would like to go away to college, you must get a feel for the college and surrounding area. Are you a city dweller or more relaxed in the country? Try to visit the college in order to see what the area has to offer, both on and off-campus. Also, when choosing a campus, consider companies based nearby, as they may be a valuable source of summer internships and future job offers.

4. Cost

Cost is one of the most important things to consider when choosing a college, and you will need to determine how much tuition you can afford to pay prior to selecting a school. The cost between public and private universities has risen considerably in recent years.

The average annual in-state four year, not for profit private college tuition in Texas was $23,111 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a change of $753 from the 2015-2016 average of $22,358 and represents a 3.37% annual increase.

The average annual in-state college tuition in Texas was $10,948 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

5. Financial Aid Opportunities

Although the cost of higher education has risen dramatically, so have financial aid opportunities. Financial aid can be in the form of a federal or state grant (money you do not have to pay back) or a federal student loan (money you must pay back), which can accrue interest starting the day you enroll or a few months after you graduate. Individual college and universities may also award institutional grants and scholarships.

Schools will typically publish information on the percentage of currently enrolled students who have received financial aid, as well as the average amount awarded. This data can be a useful way to estimate your own potential for earning financial aid if you choose to attend that particular institution. While the competition might be fierce, starting early and talking to the financial aid office at your perspective school can help you navigate this process.

6. Admissions Rate

The admissions rate of a college, or percentage of applicants who are admitted, can indicate your odds of getting into the school. Schools with higher acceptance rates will typically enroll students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, even those who may not have received the best grades in high school, while colleges with lower acceptance rates choose only the strongest candidates. The competitiveness of a school’s admission rate often reflects a school’s reputation, and in some instances, may even correlate with the quality of education that students receive.

7. Admissions Criteria

The admissions criteria of most schools will typically involve a minimum GPA, prerequisite course requirements, and standardized test scores. They might also ask you to write a personal statement or interview with an admissions officer. Information about a school’s admission criteria can typically be found on the school’s website. Schools will often post the average GPA and test scores of previously admitted students, which is a good way to measure your own chances of getting accepted.

8. Graduation Rate

Even though graduation may be the last thing on your mind as you begin your college search, knowing the graduation rate is important when evaluating your potential college. It is important to know the likelihood of you graduating from this college with a degree.

9. Flexible Scheduling Options

As many students are enrolling in part-time degree programs and have to balance work, family, and other obligations, flexible scheduling options may play a particularly important role. Many colleges post their course catalogs, as well as their schedules for different types of courses on their websites. Look for evening and weekend classes, online options to augment your classroom experience, and large lectures with multiple discussion sections.

10. Class Size (Student to Teacher Ratio)

Schools will typically publish information regarding their average class size. While colleges vary greatly in size, do not assume that small colleges will have the smallest classes. If you are the type of student who would prefer to have individualized attention, class size can be an important factor in your education. Students who prefer to learn through discussion and those who want a more intimate learning experience may also benefit from smaller class sizes.

11. Internships and Hands-on Opportunities

For many people, the most exciting part of a college education is applying what they learn in the classroom to practical experience. Many programs will incorporate hands-on training into the curriculum through simulated lab work, a practicum or an internship. Although you can find your own internship with a little initiative, it is worthwhile to consider schools that provide you with direct placement into a position.

12. Campus Facilities

Whether it is a state-of-the-art laboratory, expansive computing center or a gym worthy of an Olympic athlete, the campus facilities can make all the difference when it comes to enhancing your educational experience. Determine what matters to you, and find out if those facilities are available.

13. Academic Support Resources

The academic demands of college often catch even the most confident student by surprise, so prepare now by identifying the types of academic support resources offered by your potential schools. Many colleges provide peer tutors for any student, as well as a designated building for academic support staff. Finding out what help is available ahead of time may help you down the line.

14. Career Services

Having an active and supportive career services office is essential. College can open your eyes to careers you never knew existed, and the career services center can be instrumental in preparing you for your professional life after graduation. Career services include interview preparation, counseling, resume reviews, job placement support, and much more.

15. Job Placement Rates

Knowing the cold, hard facts about how many graduates in a particular field find a job, and how quickly, will help you evaluate a potential college. Many colleges publish data about the percentage of students receiving a job offer within six months of graduation. Some colleges will offer more assistance to graduates seeking employment than others. Finding out the job placement rate will help you make sure that your tuition dollars will be well spent and can influence your decision regarding the institution you choose to attend, as well as your area of study.

While deciding where to apply to college is often a stressful experience, knowing what things to consider when choosing a college can give you the confidence to apply wisely and end up at the school that best meets your needs. Start your college search today!


ACT and SAT Webpages



Rusk High School Code (CEEB) 446070


$50.50 for the basic ACT or $67.00 for the ACT with writing-(recommended).(Late registration adds $25 to cost) Fee waivers are available to students who qualified for free/reduced lunch program in 2017-18. Waivers do not cover late registration.


October 27 -- September 28

December 8 November 2


February 9 January 11

April 13 March 8

June 8 May 3

July 13 June 14


Go to for information about the other nationally accepted college admissions test, the SAT , including an overview of the purpose of this test, test dates, registration information and cost.

2018-19 SAT

TEST Date Registration D)ADLINE


October 6 September 7 (late -Sept 26)

November 3 October 5

December 1 November 2


March 9 February 8

May 4 April 5

June 1 May 3

(YOU ARE GIVEN A LATE REGISTRATION WINDOW FOR EACH TEST DATE. HOWEVER, A $25 late fee IS added i)) Cost is $46 for basic SAT and $60 for SAT plus writing.(recommended)

Fee waivers are available to students who qualified for Free/Reduced lunch program in 2018-19 school year. Fee waivers do not cover late registration








Check the website of the college or university of your choice to determine minimum test score required for admission.



Scholarship Information

There are several types of financial aid available to students who plan to attend college or university.

I have copies of the Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation MPSF Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar available in my office. This book contains a list of ALL public and private colleges in Texas and the scholarships each of them award as well as their financial aid application deadlines for seniors 2018

ACADEMIC: These are generally awarded based on academic ability including High School GPA and rank, results of standardized tests (SAT, ACT.PSAT/NMSQT, etc) . Various departments that govern schools of study (i.e., math, social work. nursing, biomedical science, liberal arts, etc) may offer scholarships to student enrolling in specific majors. Sometimes these are not awarded until after freshmen year when that major is established.

PERFORMANCE BASED : These are awarded based on the students' ability in a certain sport or college activity (band, cheer, drama, dance, vocal, etc) . The student is recruited for some areas and can audition or try-out also. Each department on the campus of the college or university handles their performance - based scholarships.

The ACADEMIC and PERFORMANCE based scholarships do not have to be repaid.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP programs, local organizations and businesses, and foundations are also sources of college scholarships that are awarded on merit, academics, testing , and sometimes because the student has a personal connection to a member of one of these groups (examples: dependent of an employee, dependent of member of a service club). These do not have to be repaid.

AWARDS/GRANTS: These are awarded for specific reasons (examples: minority student, winning a photography contest, speech contest, etc.) These do not have to be repaid.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID (Grants, Loans, Work-Study)

FAFSA - Federal application for Free Student Aid- Federally funded college grant, loan and work-study program for those who qualify based on family's income as filed through the federal tax return to the IRS. RUSK HIGH SCHOOL/TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE OFFER FREE HELP EACH YEAR TO SENIOR STUDENT/PARENTS TO COMPLETE THIS FREE APPLICATION. PARENTS' PRIOR YEAR INCOME TAX RETURN IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE form.

EACH STUDENT SENDS THE FAFSA FORM TO the colleges TO WHICH HE OR SHE IS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. The college will inform the student if they qualify for federal financial aid by letter or email.

A specific list of the Federal grant programs (do not have to be repaid) that are available are listed in the MPSF compendium. The Federal Loans (must be repaid) are listed in the the MPSF compendium.

JOBS/WORK-STUDY: Employment on or off campus. Wages paid directly to student or credited to his/her account at the college.

Federal Work-Study is also listed in the Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation compendium..

EDUCATIONAL LOANS: Educational loans are from various state or federal sources. Banks, foundations, unions, etc also have loan programs. These loans usually have a lower interest rate. and MUST BE REPAID. Some loans will not require repayment begin until after you have completed your education. Most federal loans do not required repayment to begin until 6 months after education is completed in order for a job to be obtained.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available to students through the internet, through mailings sent to Rusk High School from colleges the student is interested in attending, and from local organizations. When you begin applying to colleges and universities it is your responsibility to seek out information concerning those scholarships available.

Local scholarship applications will not be completed until early spring of 2017. As they come available, scholarship opportunities will be posted on this site. Students are welcome to come to the counseling center at any time to work on scholarship searches and to complete applications. .

College and Private Source Scholarship Information

Each student is urged to call or visit the scholarship and financial aid office on the campus of the university or college to which you are applying. There are many university specific scholarship opportunities available there.

Please visit to view specific scholarships for colleges in Texas.

Listed below are great websites for financial aid in all forms. Most of these require that you create an account that includes your email address as that is how they correspond with you. College Board has just introduced the College Board Opportunity Scholarship, a $25 million comittment to encourage student to take the steps necessary to get into college. The first-of-its-kind national scholarship program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get into college: 1. Build a college list. 2. Practice on the SAT test. 3. Improve the ?SAT score. 4. Strengthen their college list, 5. Complete the FAFSA. 6.Apply to college.

Beginning with the Class of 2020, College Board will be awarding scholarships ranging from $500 to $40,000.00. . Visit the College Board Opportunity Scholarships website for detailed information and additional resources.

Remember, you are competing against students statewide and even nationwide for all scholarships outside of our local/county or district ones. BUT DON’T let that stop you from applying for scholarships!!!!

: Other sources:

ROTC Scholarships or stipends

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grants

State Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation


Check here often for updates of scholarship opportunities!

See Mrs. Daniel with questions. All written materials concerning scholarship application directions are housed in the filing cabinet inside the door to the counseling offices in the top drawer. You are welcome to look at those any time.

Testing Timeline

The junior year brings several important opportunities for testing that is crucial to your college enrollment.

The TSI (Texas State Initiative) Assessment is a program which determines the appropriate level of college course work for an upcoming student. The TSI test consists of three separate exams: Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. The TSI is first taken in 10th grade to determine entry

PSAT/NMSQT- The PSAT is a preliminary SAT. It is a practice version of the SAT which is one of two nationally accepted college admissions tests. You can only take the PSAT one time per year and most students take it in the 10th and/or 11th grades. Unlike the SAT, the high sest score possible on the PSAT is a 1520. The PSAT taken in the 11th grade only is the test used for qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

The ASVAB (The Armed Services Vocatinal Aptitude Battery ) multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.The ASVAB has 10 tests. Your scores from four of the tests-Word Knowledge (WK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC), Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) and Mathematics knowledge (MK) - are combined to compute your score on what is referred to as the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT). This test has often been known as a means to match your skills or aptitude toward skills with careers.

The Pre-ACT Test is a practice test for the ACT (one of two nationally accepted college admissions tests). It is typically administered in the fall of the 10th grades year. However, if the student misses it the, he or she can take it in the 11th grade. It is known as the ACT's equivalent of the PSAT.

It is highly recommended that you complete as much as possible of your junior English and math class (Algebra II or Pre-Calculus) before taking the ACT or SAT. Both tests will require prior knowledge of these courses as well as Science ( which is on the ACT test). You are advised to take the test, as a junior student, no earlier than the Spring semester of that year.
The final opportunity each year for taking the SAT is in June and the final opportunity for taking the ACT is now in July.

Enrichment Opportunities

Duke University announces its 2019 Summer Session opportunities for current 9-12 graders. These programs include:

Summer College for 10-12 graders who want to take college courses.

Summer Academy for 9-12 graders who want to take certificate courses.

Accelerated STEM Academy for current 9-12 graders who want a hands on opportunity to experience labs, tours of research facilities, faculty lectures, and workshops.

Go to the following link for application.

During your junior year or the summer following your junior year of high school is the best time to attend any College Preview days or to visit college campuses. Rusk High School provides opportunities for juniors to visit area University campuses and to visit the Tyler Junior College campus. There are College Preview Days at almost every college or university and they are usually offered in the fall and spring semesters on Saturdays. Go to the college or university websites to know those dates and plan to attend.

The summer after your junior year is the best time to visit any colleges or universities in which you are interested in attending. You can get a personalized tour of most campuses and learn all about their admissions process, academic offerings, financial aid opportunities, housing, and campus organizations. This is the BEST means of determining whether certain colleges are a fit for you - if you don't go-you won't really KNOW!!!

Stephen F. Austin State University announces their 2019 JAMP Camp for those students interested in pursuing premedical studies. Particular information concereing this porrtunity can be found at . Followth links on the left sdie of the homepage to get to the Summer Pre-Med Camp website.

Students chosen to attend will participate in college-level instruction in science and mathematics, spend time with clinical professionals in the community, experience a medical school setting at the McGovern Medical School in Houston, among other activities designed to help you decide if pre-medical studies is REALLY for you!

Direct your questions about the camp to J. Kevin Langford, Ph.D. ,director of the Pre-Health Professions Program at SFASU. Email: for more information.