College Counseling

 

Revised March 17, 2017

 

 

 

Contact our Guidance Office for any questions concerning scheduling, courses, scholarships, grades, or to schedule a conference with one of our teachers.

 

Announcements from the Guidance Office

Here are some web sites to check out for financial help for colleges:

www.fafsa.ed.gov
www.fastweb.net
www.scholarships.com
www.SchoolSoup.com

www.sccollegeaid.org
www.gmsp.org
www.collegenet.com
www.che400.state.sc.us
www.wiredscholar.org

www.go.salliemae.com/option/3306136295
www.collegeboard.org

/www.college-scholarships.com/south_carolina.htm

 

Good Sources for free SAT/ACT/PSAT/PLAN Practice
www.act.org
www.collegeboard.com
www.act-sat-prep.com
www.kaptest.com
www.studyhall.com
www.freevocabulary.com
www.vocabulary.com
www.dictionary.com
www.thesaurus.com
www.majortests.com
www.ineedapencil.ck12.org
www.number2.com
www.dynamo.dictionary.com/test-prep/sat
www.sheppardsoftware.com/vocabmania.htm
www.vocabulary.co.il/sat-games
www.vocabking.com


Other resource books, software, study guides, etc. are available through such sources as Amazon, Books-a-Million, Barnes and Nobles, and online. Below are some samples:


1. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition by The College Board
2. College Handbook 2014 (College Board College Handbook) by The College Board
3. Get It Together for College: A Planner to Help You Get Organized and Get In by The College Board
4. Cracking the SAT, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
5. 11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
6. 11 Practice Tests for the SAT and PSAT, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review
7. Gruber's Complete SAT Guide 2014, 13E by Gary Gruber

 

Reminders: Please make sure your student has applied to at least 3 - 4 colleges, especially if their grades and/or test scores are not stellar. The most popular colleges in SC continue to become more difficult to be accepted to, so other schools should be applied to as well.

   

Click on each topic for more information:

  1. Top Apps for Test Prep
  2. Five Free SAT Apps Worth Downloading
  3. Click here for more information on taking the SAT.

 

Announcements / Opportunities

  1. The Ron Brown Scholar Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Guided Pathway Support (GPS) Program 2017 application to African American rising high school juniors and seniors. For more information, you may visit  https://ronbrowngps.fluidreview.com.  The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.
  2. Students, summer is fast approaching and Clemson University Summer Scholars is offering fun and educational residential programs in June, July, and August for students entering 7th to 12th grade in the fall.  Program offerings range from Engineering and Biology to Audio Engineering and Music Production and many more diverse programs.  To find out more, visit www.clemson.edu/summer-scholars/. (Posted 2.2.17)
  3. Parents, don't forget to work on your FAFSA so that you will be ready to submit when your W-2's are returned to with total yearly income. Check with each of the colleges that your student has applied to for their FAFSA deadline!
  4. The SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes is now open to high school seniors. Enter the SunTrust “Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes” for a chance to win a $500 scholarship to help cover education expenses.  Enter at: suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes
  5. USC does have certain scholarships that students must apply for SEPARATELY from the entrance application process. There is an Alumni Legacy Scholars Award for those students who have a close family member who is a USC alumni AND have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and at least an 1180 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. There are also a number of other scholarships that you must apply for SEPARATELY, some whose deadline application date is November 15. Please come by OPS Guidance to see a listing of deadlines and requirements for these; OR go to USC's website-----www.sc.edu/admissions.
  6. Seniors applications to colleges should be submitted no later than November of their senior year. Check out the application deadline dates for each. Also, download the form that Guidance needs to complete and deliver it to Guidance with your name filled in. We can then start our part of the process. In the meantime, begin your part of the application and submit. Also, make sure you have submitted your SAT/ACT scores to each college you are applying; colleges usually require the scores to come directly from the testing company (you can do this online).
  7. Students who are interested in applying to Anderson University can apply online free---no application fee!
  8. If you want an early start on financing college, go to www.scstudentloan.org. This will give you an idea on what is available. Example: If your child is interested in teaching, search on this site for the TEACH program!