Oliver Ames High School
College Planning

Students are assigned to the same counselor for all four years of high school.  Although college counseling does not formally begin until the spring semester of junior year, we are spending time getting to know the students through 1 on 1 meetings and guidance seminar classes beginning the first week of freshman year.
Through individual meetings and guidance seminar classes, the counselors work with students to find colleges and universities that match their academic achievements, personal strengths and preferences and career aspirations. During numerous meetings in the spring of junior year and fall of senior year, students are advised and supported throughout the college search and application process. 

New to the college application process?  Check out our handout on all the basics.  College Counseling Handbook

Who Sends What?

 The School Counseling Office                                                                                                

Official High School Transcript, which can include 1st term grades and 1st semester grades if applicable.  Final grades only sent to your selected college.

School Profile

Counselor Recommendation (If requested)

Secondary School Report

 Teacher Recommender

Your letter of recommendation directly to the school

 The Student

 Fill out and send in your applications as well as supplements before the deadlines

Contact College Board or ACT to send your scores to each school you’ve applied to and TOEFL scores if necessary

Ask teachers for recommendations in person; let them know what schools you’ve applied to and the deadlines

Fill out the College Questionnaire under About Me in Naviance so your counselor can write their letter of recommendation for you.  We request this filled out at least two weeks before your first deadline. 

If you add any schools after letters have been sent let your Guidance Counselor and teacher know


Oliver Ames High School CEEB Code is 221650


Naviance - Family Connection from Naviance is a Web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your child can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers.  Students create their list of Colleges I Am Thinking About and later Colleges I am Applying To.  Teachers send letters of recommendation though Naviance and Counselors send letters of recommendations, school profiles, and transcripts.  Under the Colleges section is the Supermatch college search engine.
College Board College Search
Schools That Do Not Require SATs/ACTs 
College Scorecard from US Dept. of Ed. 
Historically Black College Search
A to Z:  Two-year colleges
20 Incredible College for Students with Special Needs
College Search Handout for Student with Disabilities
Undergraduate Admissions Standards for the Massachusetts State University System and the University of Massachusetts
Information on Gap Years

Common Application The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 700 member colleges and universities in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries. 

Would you like to help the Guidance Counselor learn more about your student for their letter of recommendation?  Fill out our Parent Brag Sheet and return to their Guidance Counselor.  


Spring of Junior Year 


Utilize Naviance and collegeboard.org to help you in your college search
Create a list of schools in College I Am Thinking About section of Naviance
Visit Colleges (register by visiting Admissions section of their website)
Take Spring SAT (May or June) and/or Spring ACT (April or June)
Take CollegeBoard’s Subject Tests in June if necessary
Speak with one-to-two teachers before summer vacation about writing recommendations for college 

 Summer into Senior Year


Narrow down list of schools (students typically apply to approximately 6-8)
Visit colleges and schedule appropriate interviews
Complete the Common Application
Rough draft essay ideas
Complete Senior Questionnaire Form on Naviance so counselor can write rec. 
Take the August SAT if necessary



Set up a college planning meeting with your guidance counselor, check your graduation requirements
Finalize a list of schools
Register and prepare for the October SAT and Subject Tests if necessary 



Submit applications for Early Decision/Early Action 
Submit transcript requests as they correspond to application deadlines, 15 school days prior to deadlines 
Ask for teacher recommendations early through Naviance
Register and prepare for the November SAT and Subject Tests if necessary
Complete FAFSA as early as possible 



Register for the December SAT and Subject Tests if necessary
Attend Financial Aid Night – Stonehill College
Send your SAT or ACT scores to your schools.  



Plan to have all college applications completed and submitted to colleges
Review progress with your guidance counselor
Register and prepare for the January SAT I and Subject Tests if necessary 

 January  Review all scholarships and awards available


Check to see that your transcripts have been received
If you have not made post high school plans, set up a meeting with your counselor
Listen or check daily announcements for Scholarships 



Inform your guidance counselor about your admission decisions 
Check community scholarships that you may be eligible for and apply 



Make final decisions regarding choosing a college or career
Follow up on college applications and or scholarships where needed
Take the Accuplacer exam for College Placement if needed



Finalize contact with the college you choose to attend, including housing


Applying to college is a stressful process for many students and parents.  Here is an excellent article on Taming the Admissions Anxiety.