December Counseling Newsletter

Hazel Park High School

ACT Fee Waivers

If you are interested in taking or retaking the ACT please sign up to see your counselor. A limited number of fee waivers are available for juniors and seniors. All juniors will take the SAT for free in April though it is still recommended that students take the ACT as well.

You can register to take the ACT at

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Oakland Schools Technical Campus

On Monday, November 23, Hazel Park High School 10th grade students attended a showcase to explore different clusters at Royal Oak OSTC. Interested students turned in Request for Consideration forms and will be given priority registration for 2016-17.

Any student who is interested in OSTC for next school year must submit a Request for Consideration form by Wednesday, December 9. Forms can be picked up on the desk in the counseling office and returned to Mrs. Gohl.

Registration forms will be available soon.


December 3 - OSTC Open House (At each campus)

December 10 - Priority Registration and Request for Considerations DUE

February 3 - May 6 - Traditional Tours available

March 1 - Student Data and Emergency Forms DUE

April 18 - Wait List slots will be filled

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Aside from "Where do you want to go to college?" the next big question is "What do you want to study?" Whether you're in 9th grade or 12th grade, it's okay if your answer is "I don't know." Approximately 1/3 of students enter college undecided and an even larger percentage of students change their major.

Regardless of what grade you're in, it's never too early to start exploring careers. Students will be completing Educational Development Plans (EDPs) soon in Career Cruising during English classes. This is a requirement for students grade 7 - 12 each year and is also a requirement for OSTC consideration. Another option for exploring careers is with Occupational Outlook Handbook.

It's helpful to at least have an idea of what you want to study so you can make sure the college you plan on attending offers that major. There is also a place in Career Cruising that allows you to search colleges based on the career you want. When you're looking at a Career, click on the "Education" tab on the left > scroll down to choose a major/career that most applies to you > then all colleges in Michigan (or out of state) that offer that major will appear.

I'm First

I'm First is an online community that helps first generation college students connect with each other and offers support. Visit their website to learn how other first gen students made a successful transition to college!

I'm First UW-Stout: Morgan Pass

College Applications - Phase 2

After completing your college applications (Phase 1), you will start receiving decision letters. If you are admitted you should also receive a checklist of "next steps." The next steps can also be found on their website. For instance, Western Michigan University: Welcome Future Broncos. Pay attention to deadlines. Most colleges require that you confirm your enrollment by May 1st (preferably sooner).

Typical next steps:

  • Visit campus if you have not done so already.
  • Attend an admitted student event.
  • Send Admission Confirmation Deposit if you intend to enroll.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Sign up for orientation.
  • Register for housing.

Common Application - Terms

Did you complete a Common Application this Fall? There are two terms you need to be familiar with: Early Action and Early Decision.

Early Action

Early Action (EA) is an application process by which you apply and receive a decision much earlier than the Regular Decision notification date. However, unlike Early Decision (ED), Early Action is "non-binding." In other words, if accepted by a college under the Early Action plan, you have no obligation to enroll and will have until May 1st to consider the offer and confirm enrollment.

Early Decision

Early Decision (ED) is an application process by which you commit to enrolling to a certain college if you're admitted. You might hear people refer to Early Decision as a "binding" plan. This means that you can apply to other colleges but only one can be marked as your Early Decision college. If admitted to your Early Decision college, you must withdraw your applications from all other colleges.

Have more questions? Be sure to stop in to see Ms. Thomas, the new college advisor!