SHS School Counseling Services

College Planning

The college journey is as much a learning experience as are traditional classes. During the planning process, students will develop important lifelong skills in initiative taking, decision making, self assessment, and responsibility. The college search is in essence a research project, which requires students to look within themselves for many of the answers. Students will need to learn to identify and assess themselves and what is important to them, to set priorities, and to make major decisions.

Freshman and Sophomore Years Planning

Junior Year Planning

Senior Year Planning

Freshman and Sophomore Years Planning

The high school experience is an important one. It is a time for personal and intellectual growth and the development and pursuit of academic and extracurricular interests. Further, it is a time to develop skills that will last you a lifetime whether writing skills or interpersonal ones. Students need to use this time wisely, to make the most of the opportunities here at Stowe High School and outside of school. Seek out courses that will stimulate and challenge you. Get involved in activities that interest you. For the next year or two, you don't need to think about the details of the college admission process. Instead—work hard, get involved and discover your interests.

Junior Year Planning

Checklist — Click here for month by month calendar

  • Get involved! Join extracurricular activities, volunteer, or if involved take a leadership position.
  • Attend The Annual Vermont State College Fair at St. Michael’s College in the Tarrant Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Thursday, September 22 from 9 to 11 am. 
  • Take the PSAT on Saturday October 15, 2016.  This is the only way to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, plus, it is a great way to practice for the SAT.
  • Attend VSAC's "Paying for College" night in November (date to be announced) hosted at SHS.  Come with your parents to understand financial aide.
  • Plan ahead concerning which college entrance tests you will need (SAT I, SAT II's, ACT). Generally, selective colleges require SAT II's also known as subject tests.
  • Consider taking certain SAT IIs in May or June of this year, especially if you just finished the course at Stowe which prepares you for the SAT II. 
  • Take at least one college entrance test (ACT or SAT I ). SAT I also known as SAT reasoning test is sponsored by the College Board.  Practice for this test and take it iin your junior year, May or June.
    • New SAT I or Reasoning Test — Reading and writing sections combine into "Evidence-Based Reading and Writing" section. Focus on analyzing Literature, Social Studies, and Science passages. It is given by the college board and takes 3 hours 50 minutes to complete.
    • ACT — This multiple choice test covers English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing. 
    • SAT II or Subject Tests — A battery of one-hour tests, mostly multiple choice, that measure how much a student knows about a particular subject. Students should check with their prospective colleges to clarify if SAT IIs are required.
  • Continue researching colleges on Naviance and keep your grades up.
  • College representatives from over 50 colleges will be visiting Stowe. College visits are posted on Naviance. Make sure to meet with these representatives, as many times these are the admission counselors that will review your application. 
  • Athletes who are planning to play Division I or II athletics in college, must file the NCAA Clearinghouse form. Click here
  • Compile your academic resume, including honors and awards, extracurricular activities, community activities and job experiences. 
  • Speak with teachers to request letters of recommendation. More information about letters of recommendation will be given to you in the fall of your senior year.
  • Continue to research and visit college campuses.

Senior Year Planning

Checklist — Click here for month by month calendar

  • Submit your Transcript Release Form to Judy O'Neil. Click here
  • Attend senior workshop with Ms. McArdle to learn logistics of using common application and Naviance to submit college applications and request faculty recommendations electronically.
  • Attend an important senior meeting in early September; Date TBD.
  • Attend The Annual Vermont State College Fair at St. Michael’s College in the Tarrant Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Thursday, September 22 from 9 to 11 am. 
  • Meet regularly with Ms. McArdle to refine your college list until your college applications are done.
  • Meet with Mr. Maher (students last names A–L) or Ms. McArdle (students last names M–Z) for a senior interview so your college recommendation letter can be written.
  • All college visits are posted on Naviance. Pay attention to upcoming college visits.
  • Register for College Entrance Exams
    • New SAT I or Reasoning Test — Reading and writing sections combine into "Evidence-Based Reading and Writing" section. Focus on analyzing Literature, Social Studies, and Science passages. It is given by the college board and takes 3 hours 50 minutes to complete.
    • ACT — This multiple choice test covers English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. 
    • SAT II or Subject Tests — A battery of one-hour tests, mostly multiple choice, that measure how much a student knows about a particular subject. Students should check with their prospective colleges to clarify if SAT IIs are required.
  • Request two college recommendations from faculty via Naviance. 
  • Attend VSAC's "Paying for College" night in November (date to be announced), hosted at SHS. Come with your parents to understand financial aid.
  • Attend VSAC's "Filling out FAFSA and other Financial Aid Forms" night in January (date to be announced), hosted at SHS in the computer lab. This hands-on workshop in the computer lab is for parents and guardians of seniors.
  • Complete student resume.
  • Continue to refine college list.
  • For applications that cannot be submitted electronically, give Ms. O'Neil a list of colleges that you are applying to and their deadlines.
  • Notify guidance if you will apply to college using Early Decision or Early Action.
    • Early Decision — Offered to students who are sure of the one college they want to attend and implies an ethical and definite commitment.
    • Early Action — Your application will be considered early if you apply early. Unlike Early Decision, student is not committed to attend and has until May 1 to make decision.
  • All scholarships are posted on Naviance. Remember to pay attention to application deadlines.

College Acceptance Requirements

Colleges will evaluate your academic record (transcript). Your academic record is almost always the most important factor in college admissions. They will consider the difficulty and variety of your courses. In addition to high school performance, the following are considered: the rigor of a student's program, standing in class, grade point average, trends of performance, competitiveness of the high school, experiences in student's background, letters of recommendation, application essay, special talents, and community service. Colleges will also look at SAT/ACT scores.

Admission requirements to the University of Vermont. Click here

Financial Aid Resources

Financial Aid Process

FAFSA

VSAC - Financial Aid Resources

VSAC - Scholarships

VSAC - Grants

CSS Profile
 
VSAC Scholarship Booklets have arrived in the School Couseling office and are great resource for many scholarships available only to Vermonters.

Complete your scholarship applications by February 8 and you will be entered into a drawing for one of three $1000 scholarships! Final deadline to apply for scholarships is March 8.

Tuition Break Program

This program provides a discount on tuition to New England residents when they enroll in approved degree programs at out of state public colleges and universities in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT. This program is only available for certain degree programs not offered by any state college/university in a student's home state. Click here

What Are the Differences Between High School and College? Click here to learn more.