What is the Match & Fit List Builder?
The Match & Fit List Builder provides students with a starting place in their college search. There are lots of resources, but it’s hard to know where to look, which sources are credible, and what is relevant to a student in Atlanta Public Schools.
The Match & Fit List Builder helps students build an initial balanced college list – a critical step in the college-going process during junior year. The list should include –at a minimum—2 schools in the three main match categories: Target, Reach, Likely.
Why Do I Need to Think About Match & Fit?
The decision about if and where to go to college is likely one of the most important decisions you will make during your life; it’s an investment in your and your family’s future.
You should make sure to find a college where you are likely to do well and earn a degree or credential. How do you know what to look for? You should look for colleges that are a good academic match and a strong financial, personal, and social fit.
What Else Should I Be Doing My Junior Year?
As you build your college list, some helpful steps are:
- Research colleges online
- Talk with your counselor
- Visit colleges, attend college fairs, and meet with college reps who come to your high school
- Continue to refine your college list. You can log back in and refine your list. Also, as your GPA and test scores change (hopefully improve!), you may want to adjust their college list.
- At the start of senior year, share your list with your counselor or college adviser to finalize where you will apply.