College Admissions


    Selecting a Major

    See the "Career Resources" page for a list of free inventories that will help determine good match careers 

    College Admissions Terminology

    The college admissions process can be intimidating. Don't worry! We've got you covered. Check out the different ways to be admitted and common definitions here. College Admissions.  Did you know the process of getting into college formally starts in your Junior year of high school? Check out a timeline and checklists of items to make sure you are ready for the process and all the deadlines that come with it.

    Assured Admissions Chart

    Some public colleges in Texas offer "assured admissions" for students who meet certain criteria.

    Texas colleges that offer free tuition

    Some universities offer free tuition based on family income.

    College Search Engines

    These tools can help you find colleges that have your major.

    College Applications Portals

    Below are the links to college applications.

    Community College Comparison Chart

    This chart compares the community college options in the Williamson County Area

    Completing your College Application

    This guide helps demystify the college application and admissions process. Get information and resources to help you conquer each step of the process, from start to finish.

    In addition, check out these resources to write a great admissions essay and see examples of college resumes.  Here is also a great template for you to use: LINK

    Letters of recommendation from teachers, school counselors, and other sources can help college admissions officers get a more complete picture of applicants. Most selective colleges and universities require one to three recommendation letters with your application.

    Please allow at least 10 business days for teachers and staff to complete a letter of recommendation for you. If you ask within a shorter time frame, they may be unable to help with your request.

    EVHS Questionaire for Letters of Recommendation (please fill out and give to those who you are requesting to write a letter of rec on your behalf)

Selecting a College

    GISD graduates attend schools in Texas and across the United States. Here's a quick look at popular Texas colleges chosen by GISD graduates.

    A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view of a college. Seeing and learning about the college in person will be a huge help in determining where you want to apply. To really get a feel for the college, you need to walk around the campus, visit the dorms, rec centers and dining halls. You can find out more about the college from firsthand sources like a tour guide and other current students. 

    Click the link above to see how to register for local college visits

    Junior and senior students can have up to 2 excused absences for college visits. You must complete the attached form and bring back the documentation described in the document above to receive the excused absence.


    If you want to compete in NCAA sports at Division I or Division II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to make sure you stay on track to meet initial-eligibility standards.

Paying for college


    When it comes to paying for college, filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important steps high school students and their families must take. You and your family can choose from many different types of financial aid. Here you will find links to the many kinds of financial aid available.



    Do you need money for college or career school? A scholarship is essentially free money, which means it does not need to be repaid. In addition to the gift aid offered by colleges and universities, there are many private scholarships available, often funded by foundations, corporations, and other independent organizations.