College & Career
Quest Exercise

INTRODUCTION

This WebQuest will take you through a process of exploring careers and colleges using the Web. It is designed to develop skills required in researching potential majors and colleges. This is only the beginning of your exploration. You will need to do much more extensive investigation before you are ready to make decisions.

TASK

You are to complete the following worksheet after visiting the linked resources and finding the required information.

PROCESS AND RESOURCES

Print this page and use it to record your College Quest experience. To print, right click on the mouse and scroll down to "Print" or hold the "Ctrl" button and the letter "p" down at the same time.

1. Take two interest inventories at any of these sites:
Princeton Review's Career Quiz
Schools in the USA CareerKey

College Major Interest Inventory

List three potential careers:
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2. Go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the College Board Career Browser or the Princeton Review Career Search and explore these potential careers:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
College Board Career Browser
Princeton Review Career Search

List two that interest you:

_________________________

_________________________

3. Go to "What can I do with a major in …?" and explore related careers:
What Can I Do With A Major In....?

a. List two related careers:

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b. List the Web site of a related professional organization:

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4. Go to two college search engines and search for colleges that offer majors related to these careers:
College Board's College Search
Counselor-O-Matic
Peterson's CollegeQuest

List six colleges that offer majors that interest you:

_________________________ _________________________

_________________________ _________________________

_________________________ _________________________

5. Go to the the College Board College Side-by-Side Comparison Work Sheet and compare four of the colleges you have listed:
College Side-by-Side Comparison Work Sheet

What is the percentage accepted by each school?

_________________________ _________________________ _________________________

What is the undergraduate enrollment?

_________________________ _________________________ _________________________

6. Go to the US News Personality Quizto evaluate the type of schools that might interest you most:
US News Personality Quiz

What is your:

Learning style? _______________________ College orientation? _______________________

Academic/social balance? _______________________ Independence? _______________________

Click on "More detailed profile" for information in greater depth.

7. Go to the National College Fair site and find a fair near you:
NACAC College Fair Listing

Name two colleges that will attend?

_________________________

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When is the date and site of the next National College Fair near your location?

Date:_________________________ Location:_________________________

8. Go to one of the listed colleges homepages and thoroughly explore their Web sites.
College Guide Wizard

a. Read their student newspaper.

i. What is the name of the paper? 1. _______________________

ii. Name one article that interested you. 1. ____________________________________

b. Go to the catalog of one school and find one of the majors.

i. Name a few related courses they offer.
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ii. Are their and specific requirements for the major?
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c. Find the name of a professor that teaches a course in your potential major and email him or her asking a pertinent question.

i. Question? _________________________

ii. Response ? __________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

d. Go to the "Prospective Student" page and review their admission requirements:

Requirements? _________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

e. Print a copy of their application.

i. What is the submission deadline? _________________________

ii. What is one essay question?

___________________________________________________________________________

f. Take a virtual tour of their campus.

What interested you the most?
___________________________________________________________________________

g 1. Go to the athletic page and read about a sport that interests you (or go on to "g 2" if not interested in an athletic team).

i. Who is the coach? _________________________

ii. Do they have an overview of the team? _________________________

iii. What was their record? _________________________

iv. Name two high schools that members of their team attended. _________________________

or

g 2. Go to an extracurricular activity (club, intramural, etc.) listed on their site and give a one paragraph synopsis or overview.

___________________________________________________________________________

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9. Review campus security at one of the schools your researched:
OPE Campus Security Statistics
Chronicle of Higher Education's Crime on College Campuses
Security On Campus, Inc.

What were a few of the problems on the campus:

___________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

10. Go to a discussion group and ask a question about a college:
Princeton Review College Admission Group (must register)
US News College Forum (must register to post questions)

a. What was the question you asked?

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b. What was one answer or response you received?

____________________________________________________________________________

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11. Download the Common Application and review the procedures for completing a typical college application:
The 2005-2006 Common Application

a. List one of the essay topics listed

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EVALUATION

Review the questions and your answers. Determine if there are other careers and colleges you should explore. Did you visit all the linked sites? Do you need more information that should be researched before making decisions?

CONCLUSION

When you are satisfied with this aspect of your research, continue your non-Web phase by reading guidebooks, college brochures and viewbooks, going to college fairs, talking to others and visiting the schools. Ask questions and become informed about all aspects of the colleges you are considering.