Thinking about college can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re a young person exploring your future—or know someone who is—you can ease the anxiety by creating a plan, with some help from a local expert. With a bit of advance preparation, you’ll be more likely to find that perfect school and set yourself up for success each step of the way.

During this back-to-school season, the Library is once again hosting a series of programs and one-on-one appointment times for anyone considering college—parents and grandparents are invited too!

One-on-one appointments are now available for sign-up. Click Here to find available times. Each session is one hour, using the online Zoom platform.

In addition, students and families can sign up for any of the upcoming workshops, each focused on a special component of the college planning process. Here is the roster of upcoming programs and dates:

Basics of Financial Aid and FAFSA — Sunday, October 10

The College Application and Essay — Sunday, November 14

Financial Aid — Sunday, January 23

Did you know that there are more than 4000 different colleges and universities out there? Students can narrow down their preferred schools by creating a personal checklist of what is most important. Location? Choice of majors? Large or small campus? Extracurricular activities they might enjoy? It’s different for everyone.

All appointments and workshops are led by retired college administrator Kaye Orten, who brings her years of experience in the selection, application and admissions processes to benefit local students and their families. Orten has helped the Library develop and refine its college planning workshops over the last 5 years.

Additional dates to remember are October 19 through 21, this year’s free college application days to Colorado’s public universities and colleges, along with many private ones in the state.

Important Resources you can access here:

Watch a College Planning Video with local expert Kaye Orten

College COVID-19 Impacts

College General Planning Calendar

College Comparison Worksheet

College Planning Websites

College planning can—and should—be exciting. We’re happy to help our local young people find their pathways to confidence, success and happiness.