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What's your number?
Here are three tips from St. Edward’s University we find helpful to guide students to the right number of college applications.  The recommended number of colleges to apply is 4 or more, but not more than 7.  The averager number of applications AHHS seniors apply to is 4.8 colleges (Class of 2015).

1. Apply to schools you might actually want to attend.
If you’re applying to 10 schools, would you actually want to attend each of them? If so, why? List out the reasons you want to attend each school — if you’re really struggling with a school, chances are it can be crossed of your list.

2. Do your homework.
After determining which schools you want to attend, research those schools to make sure they offer your major, financial aid and a community that meets your needs. If you haven’t researched a school, then you shouldn’t apply.

3. Invest your time.
It’s important to remember that you’ll want to devote time to each school you apply to. You should do additional research, book a campus tour and speak with an admission counselor to determine if it’s the right fit (showing interest helps a school know you’re serious.) By narrowing down your number of applications, you’ll be able to invest the right amount of time and energy into each school.

Here are some websites that can assist you with your college process:

Log into your Naviance account and click on the College Tab:
Select "SuperMatch" College Search or the "College Search" link

Great additional site to search colleges right for you.
Begin by watching the College Navigator Tutorial to assist you in your search.

Visit this college website for additional college and information.

Noodle offers personalized recommendations, from K-12 to college, from tutoring to study abroad. From the creators of the Princeton Review.  Start Now (it's free)

The 2014 Higher Education Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities:

Choosing the Right College is Hard
It is hard for college bound students to figure out which campus is the best fit for them, and for those that are not able to visit all campuses physically, it's even harder. is the only website where college bound students can actually walk on college campuses as if they were physically there.  With more than 500 Interactive Walking Tours, led by current students, it is the next best thing to being there in person, and best of all, it's completely free for Counselors, Students, and Parents to use. 
Watch the video below to see how you can help your students in the college search process, and make sure to let them know about!

Letting A College Know of your Interest (Below is an example of an e-mail you can send via Naviance to each college you are interested)

Hi! College Representatives Name or University,
        My name is ____________ and I am entering my senior at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX!  My college research has narrowed _____________ University as one of my top choices and I would like to officially request that I be placed on your mailing list for future senior alerts.

Mr. Paul Harris, our college counselor, informed me that you will be visiting us _____________ so I look forward to meeting you to further discuss my __________________ interests, etc.!

Please let me know if you recommend an interview as I plan to also visit ______________ University in the fall.

                        Student Name

Texas Prepaid Tuition Program Enrollment Deadline Approaches

(AUSTIN) — The deadline is July 31 for Texas families to enroll their newborns in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® and avoid future increases in tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Newborns are children younger than one year at the time of enrollment.

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state's prepaid college tuition program, allows participants to lock in the cost of undergraduate tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities based on current prices.

“I know parents and families all over Texas are concerned about rising tuition costs and are looking for some peace of mind when it comes to college opportunities for their children,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “That’s why it’s more important than ever to start planning early and consider enrolling your newborn in this program.”

Under the plan, families can purchase tuition units to pay for all or part of tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Enrollment at 2014-15 prices closed Feb. 28 for children older than one. The next annual enrollment period begins on Sept. 1 and is based on Texas public college tuition and school-wide required fees for the 2015-16 school year.

Complete plan information, current prices, enrollment forms and more are available online at, or call 1-800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.

Texas Public Universities

University of Houston System
The University of Houston System has four separate and distinct institutions. Each institution is a stand-alone university and confers its own degrees. Its flagship institution is the University of Houston, a nationally recognized top-tier research university. The three other institutions are stand-alone universities; they are not branch campuses of the University of Houston.
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • University of Houston - Victoria
University of North Texas System
The University of North Texas System (informally UNT System) consists of four educational institutions in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area.
University of Texas System
The University of Texas System (informally UT System) encompasses 15 educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are academic universities and six are health institutions. The system is headquartered in Austin and has a total enrollment of over 190,000 students. Its flagship institution is The University of Texas at Austin.
Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System (informally A&M System) encompasses 11 universities, 8 state agencies and a comprehensive health science center.  The system is headquartered in College Station and has a total enrollment of over 100,000 students. The system's flagship institution is Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Texas State University System
The Texas State University System (alternately TSUS) was created in 1911 to oversee the state's normal schools. Since its creation it has broadened its focus and comprises institutions of many different scopes. The system is unique to Texas because it is the only horizontal State University System; the system does not have a flagship institution and considers each university to be unique in its own way. Over the years, several member schools have joined the TSUS or moved to other university systems. Today, the system encompasses eight institutions.
Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System consists of 3 universities. Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University HSC together operate thirteen campuses, eleven of which are located in Texas. The remaining campuses are located in Seville, Spain, and Quedlinburg, Germany.
Independent public universities
Private universitiesolleges and universities
Liberal arts
Baylor College of Medicine (no longer related to Baylor University; became separate institution in 1969)
Texas State Technical College System
Law schools
University of Texas School of Law (University of Texas at Austin)
Thurgood Marshall School of Law (Texas Southern University)

Dedman School of Law (Southern Methodist University)
  • St. Mary's University School of Law

or the links below for our Alamo Community Colleges:

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