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Student Counselor Process

In their Freshmen Year UHS students will:

  • Participate in a group session first semester with principal and counselor.
  • Create a four-year graduation plan.
  • Be assigned a peer mentor that assists with academic and social support services.
  • Become involved in a variety of activities. College applications ask students to list high school activities; depth of involvement and leadership roles are considered.
  • Take the PSAT (practice) in October.
  • Plan meaningful summer activities.
  • Participate in Naviance training which will include personality assessments.

In their Sophomore Year UHS students will:

  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • Participate in a sophomore conference with parent and counselor to review PSAT scores, discuss post-secondary plans, college entrance exams, extracurricular involvement and plan course selection for Junior & Senior years.
  • (Optional) Take a college preview trip in the fall.
  • Begin tracking extracurricular activities using a resume.
  • Participate in Naviance training which will include personality assessments and begin the process of building a resume.
  • Create a list of prospective colleges.
  • Begin gathering information from colleges. Use the Internet and the resources available in the counseling office to research collages of interest.
  • Compose a list of questions to ask during campus visits and interviews.

 In their Junior Year UHS students will:

  • Attend local college fair in September.
  • Attend visits by college admission officers at UHS.
  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • Visit colleges during fall, spring and summer breaks and have interviews at colleges that offer them. When possible, juniors should attend classes.
  • Participate in Naviance training which will include career assessments and career pathway information.
  • Attend individual meeting with counselor to review Naviance assessments and refine the college list created during the Sophomore year. This meeting is to ensure the student's list includes colleges appropriate to academic and personal record.
  • Take the SAT during the second semester.
  • Take the SAT II subject tests.
  • Take AP exams in May.
  • Take the ACT in June.
  • Establish a profile with FastWeb.com for scholarships.
  • Begin a scholarship search.
  • Update student's extracurricular activities on their resume.
  • Determine the teachers from whom they would like a recommendation. Often, colleges requests two recommendations. In asking a teacher to write a recommendation, the student should be sure the teacher knows him or her well and is not someone who just gave a good grade. If students ask their teachers to write recommendation letters before the end of the junior year, teachers may compose the letter during the summer break.
  • Begin to work on college applications over the summer. The common application is typically available in early July.
  • Write college essays over the summer to minimize the amount of work required during the school year, and finalize the essays in September during senior English classes.

In their Senior Year UHS students will:

  • Develop a final list of colleges to which student is applying by September 1. This list must include the application deadline for each college.
  • Request and complete applications by individual college deadlines. It is the student’s responsibility to request, complete, and mail college applications. If students are applying to a school with rolling admission, submit the application as early as possible.
  • Students should provide the teacher(s) who is writing their recommendation letter a Teacher Recommendation Form, and any supporting documents one month before application due date.
  • Take the ACT/SAT again if necessary.
  • Participate in Naviance Training which entails building a list of colleges that student is thinking about and applying to.
  • Attend senior conference with counselor.
  • Counselors must receive a college applications a minimum of four weeks before the application is due to the college. University will mail:
    • The secondary school report
    • The University High School profile
    • The student’s transcript
    • The school recommendation
    • The mid-year report following first semester grades
  • Complete the FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1 if the family is seeking financial aid.
  • Submit all mid-year report requests to the college counseling office by January 5. Many colleges require a mid-year report at the completion of the first semester. This is crucial and required part of your application file and often colleges will not consider a student’s application until they receive the mid-year report.
  • Monitor applications to be sure that all materials are sent and received on time and that the applications are complete. Stay on top of things and don't procrastinate; you can ruin your chances for admission by missing a deadline.
    Colleges begin notifying students of decisions in March for regular decision applications.
  • Attend college spring programs to assist the student in choosing a college.
  • Participate in scholarship competitions.
  • The national reply date is May 1. Notify all colleges of a final college decision by May 1. Send in your tuition deposit to the college you will attend. Notify the other colleges that accepted you that you selected another college.
  • Ensure your counselor knows your final college choice so that final transcripts are sent to the college you will attend.
  • Take advanced placement exams.