The college planning process can be stressful and time-consuming. You don’t have to go through it alone. Make an appointment with an experienced College Planning Center counselor and meet with your high school guidance counselor to get started.
Guidance counselors are great resources. When you have the chance to meet with yours, plan carefully and arrive with a list of questions. Meet with your guidance counselor as regularly as possible and make sure they get to know you and your personal interests – after all, the better they know you, the better advice you are likely to receive.
Questions for your guidance counselor
What classes should I take?
Find out what is required for college admissions. Some schools may want to see AP and honors courses on your class schedule. Also, your guidance counselor may be able to recommend electives if you are interested in pursuing certain majors.
Where do you recommend I start searching for colleges?
Also, ask your guidance counselor if they can make recommendations for schools you should look at based on your grades, interests and activities.
Where do I fit in?
Find out how competitive your course curriculum is in comparison to other students at your high school. Review your transcript and inquire about your GPA and class rank. Find out if there are any activities or clubs you can join that might help your chances of getting into certain colleges.
What admissions tests will I need to take?
Colleges have different requirements although an SAT or ACT is required by most colleges. In addition to the SAT or ACT, you may need to take SAT subject tests. Certain scores on AP exams might gain you advanced standing at some colleges.
Where have former students from this high school gone to college?
Your guidance counselor may keep in touch with former students attending colleges you are interested in. Contacting these students can be a great way to learn more about the college.
Can you recommend any scholarships that I might qualify for?
You can conduct your own scholarship search, but it is also helpful to ask your guidance counselor about any opportunities they believe you might be a good fit for.
Do you have materials on available careers?
Many resources are available on the internet that let you explore available careers. Your guidance counselor may also be able to make some recommendations on careers based on their knowledge of you, your interests and skills.
How does the reputation of our high school compare to other high schools?
How do I apply for financial aid?
Most financial aid forms can be submitted on the web. Call the College Planning Center to get free in person assistance with completing these forms and to learn more about financial aid. The College Planning Center’s services are free of charge.