College & Career Center Newsletter

George Mason High School - October 30, 2020


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The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental. This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education. Please join George Mason High School in hosting The College Funding Coach® via ZOOM webinar on November 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm. This is information you can’t afford to miss! To receive your link, please Register. Please take a look around our website for helpful resources and information.

The College Funding Coach--Our Unique Approach

Virtual College Visits and Information Sessions, Wednesday, November 4 - Friday, November 6

Please sign up in Naviance at least one day in advance to attend visits. On the day of the visit, you need to login to Naviance, locate the visit, and click on the URL to join the meeting. The URL will be visible 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. If a visit conflicts with a class, you need to obtain permission from your teacher to attend.

Wednesday, November 4

Thursday, November 5

Friday, November 6

  • St. Olaf College, 12:30 PM
  • NOVA Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program Information Session, 1:15 PM (NOTE: You do not have to sign up ahead of time in Naviance to attend. The Zoom link to participate is on the calendar in Schoology, Counseling Class of 2021 and 2022. Students can download Zoom to their school computer using the Self Service app.)


Senior Worksheet & Parent Brag Sheet, due one month before the first college application deadline

The Senior Worksheet is completed in Naviance (About Me > My Surveys > Surveys Not Started). The Parent Worksheet is posted on the College and Career Center website; it should be completed and emailed to your student's counselor. These forms are not sent to colleges and universities. They are used to help your counselor write the school recommendation.


Coalition for College Virtual College Fairs

Attend a free, online virtual college fair featuring Coalition for College schools.

November Virtual College Fair, Day 1, Wednesday, November 4, 6-10 pm

November Virtual College Fair, Day 2, Thursday, November 5, 7-10 pm

NACAC Virtual College Fair, November 8, 2-10 pm

National Portfolio Day, 100% Free, Online Portfolio Reviews hosted by the NPDA (National Portfolio Day Association)

If you are applying to a NPDA member college, university, or art school, you may need or want to participate in one of the National Portfolio Day reviews as part of your admission process. Please consult individual institutions for specific application requirements. Undergraduate events:

  • November 1 - SUNDAY
  • November 8 - SUNDAY
  • November 15 - SUNDAY
  • November 21 - SATURDAY
  • November 22 - SUNDAY
  • December 5 - SATURDAY


Coalition for College Member Event, First Things First: Navigating Success, Wednesday, November 11, 8-9 pm

"From a child's first step to a first step on the moon, "firsts" serve as a valuable reminder of limitless possibilities. Join us for a celebration of firsts big and small, and learn about your next steps along the way!"

Davidson College, Davidson Admission Intensive, What do I do After I Hit "Submit?", Wednesday, November 4, 8 pm

"Congratulations! You have finally hit submit on all of your applications. Now what? Learn what colleges expect from you after you apply, how to stay engaged, and how to navigate the selection process once you receive your decisions."

Exploring College Options, Sunday, November 8, 6 pm

Exploring College Options is a special informational program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

Exploring Educational Excellence: Joint Virtual Information Session, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6 pm

"Join Brown University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University and Rice University for a virtual information session for prospective students and their families. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to ask questions of admissions representatives."

Longwood University Accelerated Decision Program

"Our Accelerated Decision allows you to get an on-the-spot admission decision immediately following your visit event—either on campus or virtually from the comfort of your home. We're also offering special regional events throughout Virginia!"

University of Mary Washington admission decision day for GMHS applicants!

Admissions staff from the University of Mary Washington will provide GMHS students with their admission decisions on Friday, November 20th at 1pm via email.

To be considered, students must:

1. Submit the Common Application with the application fee waiver code (the fee waiver code was posted on Schoology, Counseling Class of 2021 on Friday, October 16, or you can email Ms. Mural to obtain it) or UMW Application, which does not require a fee, by Friday, November 13th. Students may apply under either Early Action (non-binding) or Regular Decision processes.

2. Register for the event using this link.

3. If not applying test choice, ensure SAT or ACT scores to be considered are provided to UMW through either the high school transcript or directly to UMW. (UMW’s Codes - SAT 5398/ACT 4414)

If you have questions about this admission notification opportunity, please contact Ms. Mural or the UMW admission office at or 540-654-2000.

Northern Virginia Community College, Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

Information Session for GMHS, Friday, November 6, 1:15 pm

Application for admission due November 15!

"Pathway to the Baccalaureate guides selected students on their journey from high school through NOVA to a four-year institution." Students need to apply for admission to both the Pathway program and NOVA.

Jason Engler, our GMHS Pathway representative, will host an information session for our students. Students need to add Zoom to their school computers to participate (Launchpad > search for Self Service > search for Zoom and install the out of the building version). The URL to participate is posted on the calendar in Schoology.

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Oberlin's virtual Multicultural Visit Program, application due on November 8

Oberlin’s virtual Multicultural Visit Program (vMVP) is an online community engagement program for high-achieving high school seniors interested in the College of Arts and Sciences and or Conservatory of Music. You have to apply to participate. The next program will be held on November 13 and 14.

Radford University Virtual Application Review with Ms. Guadalupe Sanchez, Regional Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment, application due 1 week in advance

Radford University is excited to offer a Virtual Application Review option for Fall of 2021 applicants. This is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with their admissions counselor to review their admissions application and receive an admissions decision.

To be considered for Virtual Application review:

  • Participants should plan to submit their admissions application and required transcript(s) at least one week prior to their chosen Virtual Application Review date.
  • All students will be reviewed test-optional and no test scores will be required.
  • If offered admission during the Virtual Application Review, an admissions packet will be mailed to the students with additional details.

Virtual Application Review Dates:

November 10th from 3:00-7:00pm for Fairfax County and City of Falls Church students

November 20th from 1:00-5:00pm for students from all NOVA schools

Students can register for these sessions here.



NCAA Eligibility Center, Navigating Initial Eligibility During COVID-19, Saturday, November 7, 2 pm
  • The NCAA has extended the temporary recruiting dead period for Division I schools through January 1, 2021. Here are recruiting resources.


FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

Seniors, and a parent/guardian if the student is under 18 years old, need to complete the FERPA Consent, Release & Waiver for Letters of Recommendation(s): College, Scholarship, Honor, Special Programs & Employment. If you are applying to colleges using the Common Application, the GMHS FERPA form is in addition to completing the FERPA section within the Common Application. To complete the GMHS FERPA form, students need to use their FCCPS email addresses.

Transcript Requests

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The next national test administration date for the ACT is December 12. The deadline to register is November 20. No late fees!

Registration to sit for the SAT/SAT Subject Tests on the national test dates is open. To sit for a test on December 5 you need to register by November 5.

FREE, The Princeton Review, SAT, ACT or Both? LiveOnline, Monday, November 2, 8-9:30 pm

FREE The Princeton Review SAT Virtual Practice Test, Saturday, November 14, 1-5 pm

Hosted by Tysons Pimmit Regional Library

FREE, The Princeton Review SAT Practice Test Online

"Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your SAT score. Try a full-length free practice SAT today. After the test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses."


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1. Some schools also require the CSS Profile for financial aid consideration. Please consult individual colleges regarding financial aid forms that are required.

Effective Strategies for Student Loan Borrowers by SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia)


You will find scholarship resources on the College and Career Center Financial Aid and Scholarships website page and within Naviance.

Virginia Junior Chamber International Senate (VA JCI Senate) Scholarship, application due Friday, January 22, 2021

"Each year, the U.S. Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate Foundation grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools."

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Careers in Administration of Justice, Human Services, Criminology & Legal Affairs, Tuesday, November 10, 1-2 pm

"Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) STEM Outreach Program, NOVA SySTEMic, is offering a STEM Careers Virtual Workshop – Career & Technical Education. This session will utilize the Zoom platform.

In this session the panelist will share information with participants about educational programs, careers and current issues for individuals interested in Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security and Human Services."


You will find a list of gap year programs on the College and Career Center Gap Year website page.

Dynamy Online Open House, Thursday, November 12, 7 pm

This Online Open House will included special guest Rachel Garrett, a current Dynamy parent from Washington, DC, who will be sharing her experience and discussing why she and her son chose Dynamy.

"Dynamy Internship Year is a domestic gap year program in Massachusetts that offers career exploration through 100+ internship opportunities, apartment living, practical life skills workshops, 1:1 advising and mentoring, optional college courses, and so much more!"

Guide to Taking a Gap Year During COVID-19 and Beyond, by


American Pool

They manage pools in Virginia, including several in Falls Church, and are hiring individuals 15 years or older to be lifeguards, pool managers, and supervisors. Anyone who is interested can book an interview, text SWIM to 25000, or apply online. Also, earn up to $45 for each friend you refer!

They will hold an employment information session in Schoology on Friday, November 20, at 12 noon. The link to participate is on the calendar in Schoology.

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This information is provided for your convenience. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by George Mason High School, FCCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either George Mason High School or FCCPS.