Education

Planning Your Education

Selecting a School

Prepare for College There are several advantages to pursuing post-secondary education, including increased earning potential. Find out more about all the benefits at this site.

Types of Schools in Minnesota This site provides brief descriptions for each of the various post-secondary institutions in Minnesota.

Steps to Choosing a School This site offers advice on what steps to take when looking at post-secondary schools.

Pocket Guide to Choosing a College This sites contains a guide to choosing a college and examples of questions to ask when looking at schools.

Apply to College It is important to know how to apply for the schools and/or programs that you wish to pursue. Find out more about the admission process at this site.

Strategies for Undecided Students

If you are undecided or unclear about what you want to study, consider visiting the CareerPlan, where you can take assessments to learn more about yourself, explore possible careers and learn about education/training options.

Other things you can do to help you decide on a major or program of study include:

  • Meet with a counselor or other academic advising professional
  • Talk with an instructor or professor
  • Interview family, friends, and acquaintances about their career journeys

Undecided Worksheet This offers some suggestions for students who have not yet decided on a major/program of study.

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Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.