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College Planning

College Planning Resources

Start your college search now with these resources and opportunities:

Mennonite College Day at Dock

Admission representatives from our Mennonite Colleges and Universities visited campus on Wednesday, October 20. They led chapel and were available to meet with students individually. Students were encouraged to stop by their tables throughout the day or during lunch to interact with the college representatives. To learn more about their schools, please check them out online or plan to visit them soon.

Families were invited to an information session hosted by the Admission Representatives Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Theater. Following the presentation,  opportunity was given to ask questions and meet individually with the representatives.

College and Career Visits and Open Houses

Representatives from colleges and local businesses visit our campus in the Fall and in the Spring during our lunch time to informally meet and talk with students about their college and career options. Daily announcements will inform students when schools and businesses are visiting, and the schedule is posted outside the Guidance Office on the Kiosk. The Guidance Office encourages you to use these opportunities as part of your college and career search.

College Fairs

A college fair is a great way to begin your college search! If you missed the Fall College Fairs, plan to attend one in the Spring or consider an online or virtual college fair. This option allows you to explore colleges and universities from the comfort and safety of your own home. Most offer live online chats with admissions representatives, virtual tours, and live presentations. To find a college fair in your area, click here or visit CollegeFairsOnline.com.

Gap Year Fairs

If you are thinking about taking a gap year after graduation and are wondering about your options, this is a great place to start! Connect with gap year programs, counselors, and alumni through engaging, informative virtual events. For more information and a full schedule of Gap Year events, visit usagapyearfairs.org.

College Planning Websites

The College Board is a great place to get started. Begin planning for college now by signing up at collegeboard.org.

Experience virtual campus tours of Christian colleges and universities on MyBlueprintStory.com.  This website also has links to interactive maps, promotional materials, and much more to assist you in your college search.

THE GUIDE to Christian Colleges and Universities is a helpful reference tool for aiding the college search process. It highlights over 100 colleges and includes helpful editorial content on subjects such as faculty & alumni experiences, financial aid, and choosing a major. It has three primary sections: undergraduate, graduate, and Canadian schools. Two of the most used pieces are the undergraduate academic majors matrix and the athletics matrix, which gives a full listing of athletic opportunities offered by each school. 

EducationPlanner.org is a great resource offering career assessment tools, an interactive learning styles quiz, test prep tips, scholarship searches, college search engines, vocational and technical school searches, and more!

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has an interactive website designed to make it easier to plan for higher education and apply to postsecondary schools throughout Pennsylvania. The website helps students plan their careers, search for schools, and apply for admission and financial aid.

Career Key measures you against six personality types and how these relate to different jobs. You can then explore them using the Occupational Outlook Hand-book. It‘s fun, free, and may help you figure out the direction you should take.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives information on hundreds of careers, including job descriptions, career preparation, earnings, number of jobs available, predicted growth, and related jobs.

Adventures in Education has one of the best career planning strategies available.

The Nursing Student's Guide to Debt-Fee Education provides information about common financial aid support for nursing students, as well as spotlights on nursing loan forgiveness programs. It goes beyond similar financial aid guides to provide student-recommended resources for low-cost supply options for expenses such s textbooks, scrubs, etc.

College Visitation

Seniors and juniors are permitted three excused college visit days per year. It is important for the student to bring in a parental note before the visit. Each student is expected to contact his or her teachers and be responsible for academic work missed while on their trip. Due to COVID-19, many colleges are offering virtual campus visits. While it is not the same as physically being on campus, it is a good way for you to begin exploring your options. Click on the links below to find a virtual tour.

  • YouVisit features more than 1000 colleges and universities worldwide.
  • CampusTours is a search engine that helps you find virtual tours and interactive maps for virtually any college or university.

SAT 

The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college bound students and their parents. Additional information can be picked up in the Guidance Office. SAT Prep Info (printable version)

Scholarships

There are a lot of scholarships available to students in a wide variety of subject areas. Follow the links to check individual websites for specific application deadlines and other information.  Click here for the 2021-22 Scholarship List (printable version). 

If you are struggling to find scholarships for college, this article will give an overview of how to find the best scholarships.