University Counseling

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University Counseling

For all high school students, we offer grade-specific support throughout the year by creating awareness of universities and careers, assisting with researching university choices, and guiding students when they prepare their university applications. Our students also receive advice from alumni and information from university representatives. Our university guidance counselor is always happy to meet with parents and students to discuss progress toward graduation and future plans.

College Application Handbook

University Guidance Counseling Overview Video

ISQ University Planning Overview

Grade 9 Guidance

Getting adjusted to life in high school and exploring extracurricular activities:

  • Grade-level meetings with the university guidance counselor
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Explore extra-curricular interests (sports, clubs, service, etc.)
  • Use BridgeU to learn about universities choices
  • Use YouScience to identify aptitudes and find career matches
  • Make a list of activities and awards from this year
Grade 10 Guidance

Focusing on academic growth and showing a commitment to extracurricular activities:

  • Grade-level meetings with the university guidance counselor
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Explore and commit to extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, service, etc.)
  • Begin visiting potential college websites
  • Continue to use BridgeU to learn about university choices
  • Continue to use YouScience to identify aptitudes and find career matches
  • Make a list of activities and awards from this year
Grade 11 Guidance

Continuing to make academic progress, taking standardized tests, showing leadership in extracurricular activities, and working on the university application list:

  • Grade-level meetings with the university guidance counselor
  • Parent and student meetings with university guidance counselor
  • Study and take the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL as necessary
  • Plan campus visits or attend virtual fairs
  • Use BridgeU to create a diverse list of prospective universities
  • Continue to use YouScience to identify aptitudes and find career matches
  • Review progress toward graduation
  • Begin writing college application essays
  • Ask for teacher recommendation letters
  • Complete involvement list for activities and awards in Grades 9-11
Grade 12 Guidance

Finalizing the university application list, submitting applications, making a difference on campus, and enjoying senior year:

  • One-on-one meetings with the university guidance counselor to discuss future plans
  • Review transcript
  • Complete self-assessment tests on BridgeU
  • Continue to use YouScience to identify aptitudes and find career matches
  • Study and take the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL as necessary
  • Finalize application list, essay(s), and involvement list
  • Decide on submission strategy if applicable (e.g., early, regular)
  • Submit university applications at least one week prior to stated deadline (see university websites)
  • Send official test scores to colleges as requested (SAT, ACT, TOEFL)
  • U.S. citizens complete financial aid applications. For federal aid submit the FAFSA. For institutional aid the CSS Profile may be required. (Both usually open on October 1 and should be completed as soon as possible.)
  • Decide which university to attend

Ready, Set, Succeed

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