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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


Search Engines To Find "Good Match" Colleges:

naviance     

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 Big Future
Cappex
College Insight
College Confidential
Niche
Unigo
College Navigator


Specialty Searches and Information

NAVIGATING THE COLLEGE PROCESS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES
Schools That Do Not Require SATs/ACTs 
College Scorecard from US Dept. of Ed. 
Historically Black College Search
A to Z:  Two-year colleges
Colleges for students with Autism
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 
Undocumented Student College Assistance
Early Decision vs. Regular Decision Acceptance Rates by College



NCAA

Want to play sports in college?  Register with the NCAA.  Here is a great resource with lots of information on the process. 

NCAA Guide for College Bound Student Athlete


commapp 

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.  


COLLEGE PLANNING CALENDAR 

 

  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)
  • 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
 
 September





  • 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 if necessary 
 
 October







  • 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 if necessary
  • Complete FAFSA as early as possible 
 
 November




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



  • Plan to have all college applications completed and submitted to colleges
  • Review progress with your guidance counselor
 
 January


  • Review all scholarships and awards available
 
 February




  • 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 
 
 March



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




  • 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
 
 May


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