College Counseling

Preparing students to continue their education and become community leaders.

Battling the daunting college application process.

The college application process can be daunting – for students and parents. Our goal is to help guide you through the process. Don’t be afraid to reach out should you have specific questions.
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Navigating your high school career in preparation for college.

Freshman Year
This is the year that everything starts to count for real. Everything you do from this point on can and will be applied to your college applications. When you apply to colleges, nothing before this point should be included.

Start the year off by creating a place to keep track of your accomplishments.

A great place to do this might be inside a kitchen cabinet. Something you will look at regularly so you will remember to add to it. Write down everything you do. It could be a one day volunteer event with your church or a job you did. Write down every award you get. It could be class clown or most improved. Track it all. When it comes time for college applications, you want to refer to one place to remember everything.

Sophomore Year

Get more involved, focus on your GPA, and catch up on tracking accomplishments.

If you don’t have enough stuff on your list, maybe consider getting more involved. Look for volunteer and leadership opportunities that will allow you to set yourself apart from others. Focus on your grades. Put in some extra effort to maximize your GPA.

Plan ahead. Start making a list of criteria for making a college decision.

Big vs Small, City vs Town, Distance from home, program offerings, etc. Don’t let cost be a factor right now. Consider out of state options as well. Start adding colleges to your list that you think might qualify and add do some online research. Consider doing some online interest assessments to see what type of career might interest you.

Junior Year

This is the big one. The last hurrah!

Your grades at the end of the year will be the last ones before you send in your applications. Make this year count. Continue to build your academic record along with developing your leadership and volunteer experience.

Do more in-depth research about potential colleges. Develop a list of 10 schools by June 1st.

Spend some time this year adding to your list of colleges. Don’t worry too much about making a long list at first. By June 1st, you should probably narrow your list to no more than 10 so start off with a big list. Do some research. Do online tours. Check out youtube and see what’s out there about the school.

Senior Year

The time is here. Narrow your list quickly and submit applications by November 1st.

Identify the 3-5 schools that are the best fit for you and get those applications in. Common App opens August 1st. Our goal is for you to have all applications submitted by November 1. Let’s get this stressor off your plate.

Submit your FAFSA and apply for as many scholorships as possible.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens in October.
Get that done and submitted as soon as possible so colleges can figure out how much aid to give you. Check out the tons of resources available online for scholarships. Every little bit helps.

Time to make your final decision. May 1st is decision day!

Deposits will be due by then so you need to make a decision. Of course, in many cases, colleges will push you to decide sooner by enticing you with better housing options. Don’t commit until you are sure - just make sure you meet the May 1 deadline.

As soon as grades are finalized, we will be sending your final transcripts to the college of your choice.

You don’t have to do anything to make sure that happens. We take care of it automatically. If plans change after graduation, just let us know and we will send a transcript to your new destination. One important caveat - colleges will want a transcript from the community college directly if you took any college courses while in high school. We can’t help you with that. You have to request them directly from the community college.

Remember that we are here to help you. If you ever have questions about the process or what something means, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Resources & Links

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