Because research papers are difficult for students, why not give them a topic that is interesting and relevant? Students who want to attend college obviously must know how to write research papers, but they also need to know how they should prepare for college. How many of our students plan to go to highly selective colleges while they sit in our classrooms and make C's through lack of effort? This assignment gives students the chance to practice research skills while they research three colleges/universities they think they might like to attend in the future. The research assignment allows students to write in first-person in order to include information of what they have learned about what they must do now to begin preparing for college. The assignment includes a two-page handout for students, a two-page handout for students to list information they find out about an individual college, and a grading rubric for the complete assignment. (Teachers will need to give each student 3 copies of the College Information Sheet, one for each researched college.) The assignment may be completed as a class or homework assignment and should take one to two weeks.