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The college/university search process can be an exciting and enjoyable experience!

Set up a meeting with your College and Career Readiness Counselor to brainstorm the best major, institution, and opportunities to set you up for success in your future.

Many colleges and universities are hosting virtual college visits.  In addition, many college organizations are hosting college fairs.  Take advantage of these opportunities to research colleges and ask important questions to help you narrow down your decision.

  • NMCAC College Fair being held Tuesday September 13, 8:30 am- 10:00 am in the Commons at Rio Grande HS

Other Fairs you can attend with your families:

  • 2022 Annual College Career Connection Day for Native American High School Students: 
    • Saturday, September 17, 2022. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • APS Berna Facio Training Center, 3315 Louisiana Blvd NE ABQ, NM 87110
  • 2022 RMACAC College Fair
    • Sunday, September 18, 2022. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second Street NW *Exhibit Hall 2 
    • Click here for more info


Plan ahead if you want to be a college athlete. Research how to become eligible to play sports in college early. The NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA have processes that you need to follow to ensure your eligibility.

If you are a high school athlete who wants to play college-level sports, keep two priorities in mind: COLLEGE FIRST, SPORTS SECOND.

Avoid situations that might leave you without a degree or even a team to play on. Your eligibility is your responsibility!

Proactive Steps for the NCAA:

  1. Share your NCAA ID with the schools who are recruiting you.
  2. Apply to the colleges/universities you are wanting to attend.
  3. Request final amateurism certification before you enroll full time in college. Starting April 1 (Fall) and starting October 1 (Winter/Spring)
  4. Submit your final transcript with proof of graduation through your Parchment account
  5. Know that considerations are given to students with documented education-impacting disabilities.
Researching Colleges: Where to start?

Researching colleges is a complex journey unique to every student and family. Sit down with family, friends, counselors, and teachers to decide what are the most important factors for you to consider. 

​It's important you start this process early so you can focus on the application and enrollment process during your senior year. 

​Once you've decided what is most important to you, consider additional research to find the best fit.

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