College and Career Happenings

September 2015

Welcome back to the 2015-16 school year

Welcome back to school! This is the first issue of the 2015-16 school year. Subsequent issues will be posted on the College and Career Information page (under Student Support Services) on DGN's website on the 15th of each month. This issue is primarily dedicated to the needs of seniors.

Seniors: Planning for life after DGN

All seniors recently met with counselors in groups to work on their post-high school plans and learn about the College Application Procedures. The materials for the session can be found in this site. The session began with a review of the resource pages shared with the students as Juniors. These resource pages can be found in the "Explore post-high school options" section of the site. Students were given time to use these resources again and then fill out a survey detailing their current plans. Next, specific sections of the College Application Procedures were reviewed and demonstrated in Family Connection. Students were given time to begin working on their plans.

Students can sign up for additional help sessions by using the links below for Common Application Help Sessions, Essay Writing Tips, and Application Completion Sessions.

Seniors who are applying to colleges are encouraged to do the following:

  • Get organized-Colleges require a variety of documents and have varying due dates. Using specific college websites to organize materials needed and due dates is a must at the start of the year! There is a College Application Organizer in the "document library" in Family Connection for student use.
  • Check email-Important updates will be sent using school email.
  • Apply early-Early applications will get the greatest admission consideration and possibility of a scholarship. Some colleges connect housing access to when students have applied as well.
  • Apply smart-Be sure to apply to at least one academic and one financial safety.
  • Use net price calculators-All colleges are required to have a tool on their websites to help families estimate their cost. Often the cost changes based on a student's merit and financial need.
  • Visit again-If students visited campuses over the summer, consider visiting again to see what the campus is like with students. It is the student population that gives each college its personality. The visit is the best way to determine if the school is a good fit.

Students are encouraged to sign up for college and military visits in the College and Career Center and monitor the Scholarship section in Family Connection regularly. Directions can be found below.

Contact the College and Career Center with any questions about post-high school planning and the College Application Procedures.

College Visit Information

Parents can view a list of college representatives visiting DGN by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on "I'm a guest"

3. Enter the password "purpleandwhite"

4. Click on the colleges tab on the left side.

5. Upcoming college visit information can be found on the right side

Students can sign up to meet with college representatives visiting DGN by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. "view upcoming visits"

4. Next to the college you choose, click "sign up"

5. "sign me up"

6. Pick up the purple pass the morning of the visit from the College and Career Center.

Scholarship Information

Parents can also view scholarships by following the steps 1-4 above. Scroll down to the section marked "scholarships & money." Click on "scholarship list."

Students can utilize the scholarship list by doing the following:

1. Log in to Family Connection

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. Scroll down to "scholarships & money"

4. Click on "scholarship list"

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Parents and students can view a list of summer enrichment opportunities by following these steps.

1. Log in to Family Connection using student or guest access (directions for guest access can be found above in the College Visit Information section).

2. Click on the "colleges" tab

3. Scroll down to "college research"

4. Click on "enrichment programs"


Events at the University of Illinois

Please click here for a list events held at University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) this fall.

Christian College Fairs

Please go to for locations and dates.

Washington and Lee University Admissions Session

Sunday, Oct. 11th, 4pm

8535 West Higgins Road

Chicago, IL

For more information go to or call 540-458-8710.

Columbus Day Visit at College of DuPage

Monday, Oct. 12th, 10:15am

22nd Street

Glen Ellyn, IL

This is a admissions information session. This session will begin in the Belushi performance Hall in the McAninch Arts Center.

For more information or to RSVP go to or call 630-942-3000.

Georgetown University Admission Information Session

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 7:30pm

5501 North Kedzie Avenue

Chicago, IL

Kendall Camps Preview Day

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 11am-1pm

900 North North Branch Street

Chicago, IL

This session allows you to get a sneak peek at Kendall College's culinary, baking, hospitality and business camps.

Please RSVP to Terrell Johnson at or call 312-752-2206. For more information go to

Chicago Architecture & Design College Day

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 11am-2pm

30 East Lake Street

Chicago, IL

This is free event for students interested in careers in architecture, interior design, construction management and landscape architecture. Over 50 college/universities will be in attendance. For more information and to register go to

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Information Session

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 3-6pm

280 South Columbus Drive

Chicago, IL

This information session will highlight on how to make the most of the National Portfolio Day, how to prepare your portfolio for both admissions and merit scholarships and tour the facilities.

Please RSVP at

Washington University in St. Louis Admission Information Session

Sunday, Oct. 18th, 4-5pm

1401 West 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL

Information will be given about academic programs, life on campus, and how to apply for admission and financial aid at Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information go to

Purdue University's Women in Engineering Program Informaiton Session (Seniors Only)

Monday, Oct. 19th, 12am

610 Purdue Mall

West Lafayette, IN

This is an all-day free event.

Registrations are due by 10/12/2015. Please register at For more information call (765)494-3889 or email

Mini-Med School at Midwestern University

Students will learn about interesting and important health topics from physicians and health care professionals. The fall class schedule is:

Tuesday, October 20

Tuesday, October 27

Tuesday, November 3

Tuesday, November 10

All class times will be from 6:30 to 8:15 pm. To obtain an application please go to For more information call 630-515-7421.

Illinois Regional College Fair at College of DuPage

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6-8pm

425 22nd Street

Glen Ellyn, IL

This college fair will be held in the Physical Education Center at COD. For more information go to

Cosmetology Program Information Session at COD

Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 9pm

301 South Swift Road

Addison, IL

Please go to door number 14 at College of DuPage Addison center. For more information go to or call 630-942-2592.

"How to Wow a College Admissions Officer"

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 10am

635 59th Street

Downers Grove, IL

FRoG and University of Chicago admissions counselor, Tyler Hough are hosting a presentation on "writing a personal statement for your college applications". Admission is free. You must register at .