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The 21st Century Student's Guide to College

Poor postsecondary choices are the consequences of too little college knowledge, too late.

There are any number of reasons why students fall off the postsecondary path -- or worse -- never even pursue a postsecondary education. For many, the unfamiliar and complicated college preparation and application process proves too difficult to manage. Others may fail to grasp the importance of a rigorous college prep until late in their high school years. Some students fail to make any postsecondary plans, or make inadequate plans because they do not fully comprehend the social and financial benefits of college, or understand their postsecondary educational options. Students who select a college that is a poor fit for their academic needs and abilities, and ultimately may not complete their degree.

College knowledge a key element of college readiness and should be part of a student’s education long before high school. Many educational organizations, including ACT, EPIC, AMLE, and the U.S. Department of Education recommend that students begin learning about college as early as sixth grade. Middle school can play an important role in guiding early preparation for postsecondary education through introducing students and their parents to the college prep and the college process, and teaching students the unique language of college. By the time students get to high school, they should be confidently on their personal postsecondary path.

The 21st Century Student’s Guide to College has 15 lesson plans for getting students confidently on to the postsecondary path. This unique (and fun!) student-centered curriculum covers over 100 key terms and concepts including college regions, affiliations, selection, majors, alternatives to a traditional four year college, paying for college, college sports, life on a college campus, degrees, grad school, and more.

Your students will love this introduction to all things college! Ideal for Grades 7-10.

Student workbook is 192 pages, b&w interior; Includes 15 chapters of student text (read-only), 15 Chapter Activities Binders, vocabulary e-flashcards, and chapter vocabulary tests.



What will students learn?

  • the economic and social benefits of a college education
  • college campus buildings and their purpose.
  • basic college selection criteria
  • how to research a college and formulate an impression of a potential experience there
  • the basic college application process
  • dorm rooms and residence hall features
  • resolving roommate conflict
  • college majors
  • how a student selects a college major
  • basic NCAA college sports structure
  • Title IX
  • on-campus student organizations
  • The Greek System
  • pursuing study abroad opportunities
  • postsecondary alternatives to a traditional four-year college
  • forms of financial aid
  • maximizing scholarship potential
  • how poor academic work habits can defeat college plans
  • the advantages academic rigor in high school
  • important college admission tests
  • college commencement ceremony traditions
  • postgraduate paths and degrees
  • strategies for minimizing the risks and dangers of alcohol and drugs in college

Class Curriculum


  The 21st Century Student's Guide to College
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  Chapter 2 . I Spy a College Campus
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  Chapter 4 Road Trip!
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  Chapter 5 Let’s Apply to College!
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  Chapter 6 Move-In Day
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  Chapter 7 Major Discovery
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  Chapter 8 Game On! College Sports
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  Chapter 9 Opportunities, Unlimited
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  Chapter 10 . Alternative Paths to Success
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  Chapter 11 The College Investment (You)
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  Chapter 12 . Disaster on the Path
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  Chapter 13 The High School Years
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  Chapter 14 Let’s Graduate!
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  Chapter 15 . How to Ruin Your College Experience
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  Glossary
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  Answer Key
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  College Path Completion Certificate
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Frequently Asked Questions


What is included ?
This includes ready-only access to 15 chapters of the student e-workbook and vocabulary e-flashcards, and downloadable PDF Activities Binder.
How long do I have access to the student e-workbook?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the student e-workbook?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days and we will give you a full refund.

Your Instructor


Susan Mulcaire
Susan Mulcaire

Susan Mulcaire is an attorney-turned-teacher. She holds a B.A. from U.C Berkeley, a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a teaching credential from Concordia University. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and holds a California teaching credential. She is the author of several college readiness programs.


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