Raymond High School

RHS Counseling Services: January-February 2021

Welcome Back!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We have entered the 2nd half of our 2020-2021 school year. May you find the same amount of passion, energy, and endurance to complete this educational experience. Please check out some of the upcoming events scheduled for the spring semester.

Review and Revise Academic Plans

All RHS students will have an opportunity to meet with their School Counselor to review courses and credits needed on their diploma option.

To get a jump start REVIEW



MS Virtual Informational Sessions and Campus Tours

Mississippi College

Admissions Recruiter, Hannah Richards, will provide attendees with a brief Informational on Admissions prior to the virtual tour.

Friday, January 8, 2021; 9am @ Raymond High School.

College website: www.mc.edu

Mississippi State University

Join MSU's Office of Admissions and Scholarships Information Session Wednesday, January 20, 2020 and Wednesday January 27, 2020 to learn more about the Programs of Study and Financial Aid/Assistance opportunities.

College website: https://goto.msstate.edu/portal/virtual-visit-msstate

Jackson State University

Jackson State University provides virtual tours for all prospective students. Join them on the link below.

College website: https://www.jsums.edu/virtual-tour/

The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Admissions is offering a virtual admission session for prospective students on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at the following times.

Morning Sessions

9:00am-9:30am; 9:30am-10:00am; 10:00am-10:30am; 10:30am-11:00am

Afternoon Sessions

2:00pm-2:30pm; 2:30pm-3:00pm; 3:00pm-3:30pm; 3:30pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-4:30pm; 4:30pm-5:00pm

Join them by clicking on the link below for registration.



Each Friday during the month of February RHS Counseling Services will share interesting facts about Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

Top Ranked: Howard University (#1), Spelman University (#2), Xavier University of Louisiana (#3), Hampton University (#4), Morehouse (#5), and more...

(Based on data collected by Times Higher Education and the Wall Street Journal)

Decrease Your Anxiety! Increase Awareness! Apply to College!

Temporary Test-Optional Trend: In some cases, you are not required to submit ACT or SAT score. 85 percent of the 100 top liberal arts colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report will be test-optional for 2021 admissions.

Test Flexible:

COVID-19 has created many changes in the admission process. Fee waivers are available during these unprecedented, challenging times. Contact your state and/or regional college representative to explain your extenuating circumstance.

Quick Reads:

Crimson Education: https://www.crimsoneducation.org/us/blog/admissions-news/four-ivy-league-universities-drop-sact-act-requirement-for-the-class-of-2025-/

Times Higher Education: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-historically-black-colleges-and-universities-united-states

Note: Students that are planning to stay close to home and considering a 2-year college choice prior to 4-year university; should plan ahead.

Sample MS Articulation Guide: http://matttransfertool.com/files/aa2018-2019.pdf

REMINDER: MS Financial Aid Deadlines


Application Deadlines:

MTAG- September 15, 2021

MESG- September 15, 2021

HELP- March 31, 2021

Supporting Doc Deadlines:

MTAG & MESG- October 15, 2021 (following September 15 application deadline)

HELP- April 30, 2021 (including certified HELP Core Curriculum- See RHS School Counselor)

Career Awareness: Explore Your Options

All RHS students are enrolled in seminar courses covering career development utilizing the Major Clarity platform (career exploration, college exploration, resume development and more).

Additional Resources:

Below are resources for further career pathway exploration. Click the pathway of interest and view videos of various careers.

College Readiness: Test Prep Information

Check out these sites...

March 2 Success- Assist with ASVAB, SAT, and ACT preparation.


2020-2021 ACT Preparation Book (PDF)


Get2College Spring ACT Prep


Free SAT & ACT Study Plan
ACT Writing Section Tips: How many essay paragraphs?
Don't Confuse These 3 Punctuation Rules on the ACT English Section