PHS Counselor Connection

Special Summer 2021 Edition: College Bound Prep

Welcome to the Summer Edition!

We hope you have been having a GREAT Summer!

We know this can be a very stressful time but, with a little pre-planning and help, it doesn't have to be! That's what we're here for! This newsletter is filled with many resources that can assist you as you work through the college search and application process. Don't forget to use the two resources shared with you last year in ACP and in your junior conference last spring! Here's a link to a blank post-secondary prep planning document (but you should have your own named version so please use that-it should be in your Google Drive). This second document is the Future Ready Resource Guide with a lot of great links to various topics for high school seniors. We'll continue to update you with additional information as it becomes available.

As always, students and families are always encouraged to connect with their counselor for any assistance with the post-secondary planning process!

College Application Bootcamp Coming To You This August!

Register HERE

August 1st is right around the corner and that means that many applications will be open! If you are looking for some help getting started before the school year gets busy, come join the counselors for the College Application Workshop on Monday, August 9th. We'll be running two sessions that day and you can come and go from any of them. The first session will run from 9:00-11:00am and the second session will run from 1:00-3:00pm.

Start your senior year prepared and ready for the college application process- maybe you'll even start the year already done with all of your applications! This workshop is designed to help decrease your stress and gain familiarity with the college admissions process.

Below are the times that we will be offering various topics. You are free to come and go based on your needs. You'll see that there are some specific times for help topics and a general open application assistance time.

9:00-9:30 & 1:00-1:30 UW-System Application walk-through with Q&A after

9:45-10:15 & 1:45-2:15 Common Application with Q & A

10:20-10:40 & 2:20-2:40 Sending your transcripts/Creating your Parchment account

9:00-11:00 & 1:00-3:00 Open time to work on applications and/or essays with help from a counselor. Drop in as you have time or come in between sessions above.

Please register at this link and indicate each of the sessions that you would like to attend.

Sending Transcripts

If you remember from your junior conference, we use an electronic system called Parchment to send your transcripts to colleges, the NCAA and other institutions. You can also download your own PDF from Parchment to use for scholarships or other needs. Click here for a presentation with step by step directions to set up your Parchment account. Click on the Parchment button link above to go directly to the Parchment website. New for the UW System application, you do not need to do a full request in Parchment for an official transcript to be sent in the application process. Rather, you can request a self view in Parchment and save as a PDF which can be used to upload to the new UW System application. Common App is a school in Parchment as is the NCAA. Use Parchment to send transcripts to those systems.

Still trying to decide where to apply? Wisconsin Education College Fairs (WEF) are here to help!

This fall, you have several opportunities to attend a college fair with over 100 schools to learn from. There is a virtual option as well as local, in-person options. The virtual WEF is Wednesday, September 15th and there are local options on October 8th, 12th and 14th. See below for the link to dates and registration.

WEF Fair list of dates and registration

Tips for making your VIRTUAL college fair productive

Making the most of your in-person college fair

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Great Resources From UW Help For Questions and Information Regarding the UW College System

UW Help Summer Workbook: UW Workbook: A great Guide to answer many of your UW College System questions.

UW Help Fall Guidebook Request: If you would like the fall guidebook, click the link to receive a PDF version.

UW System Application Walk Through with UW Help:

UW HELP will be hosting a New Freshman Application Demo to walk students through the application. Registration is required.

UW System Admission Updates and Practices Due to COVID-19:

This is a great resource for updates from all of the campuses regarding changes due to Covid-19.

How To Apply to the UW System:

Step by Step application how-to's and Information with the application process to all UW Campuses.

Free Applications for Colleges in the UW System!

Most UW Campuses (exceptions being UW-LaCrosse, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison) are continuing to offer the ability to apply with NO Application Fee thanks to some generous donors! If you are applying to one of the 3 campuses that do not have free applications, you can apply for a needs-based application fee waiver if the fee is a barrier for you. You must contact the office of admissions at the campus that you are applying to for information about their process.

Applying to WCTC?

The first date that students can apply to most programs at WCTC is October 1st. Students should verify this date on their program specific page (there are a few programs that require earlier dates and some that have earlier deadlines). Students should follow the steps to apply found on this Application Information page. Talk to your counselor if you want some help figuring out all of the program specific dates or navigating the program web pages.

Test Optional/Test Flexible

With so many schools allowing you to choose whether or not to submit test scores, we wanted to give you a few links with info that may help you learn more about what that means and information to help make your decision. One important item to note with test optional schools, which you will see in these resources, is that most schools DO require test scores in order to award MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIPS- you need to know if this is the case at the colleges that you are applying to so that you do not lose out on FREE MONEY! Start by checking the college's admissions and financial aid pages for this information. If you cannot find it, give the admissions office a call and ask. In most cases, the NCAA will also still require scores for all athletes. Here are a few links with helpful test optional information:

Get Schooled Test Optional Page

College Raptor Test Optional Page

Road to College Admissions Policies Page

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Your first college tuition might seem a long ways off but now's the time to help make it be as small as possible. Linked here is the PHS Scholarship page. This spreadsheet is updated with information about each scholarship as it comes into our office. The list is small now (okay, it's empty) but it will start to grow very soon. Keep checking back for new opportunities. And, don't forget to use the scholarship resources that were discussed in your junior conference and linked in the senior resource guide referenced at the top of the newsletter for several other opportunities to look for scholarships. Here's one of those resources that you hopefully remember!

Care Counts in Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to COVID-19

What We Care About in This Time of Crisis: A Collective Statement From College Admissions Deans. This is an interesting read from many prominent college Deans regarding what's important to them in an applicant.
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College Essay Guy Resources

This website has a TON of great resources in the college decision making and application process (Some require payment but many, many are free). Below are some of our favorites!

How to Research Colleges (Without Visiting a Campus)

College Admissions Resources and Covid 19

All things College Application: Hub