College Resources

The Counseling Center help students navigate the process of selecting a post-secondary education.

A summarized timeline for college and career preparation is outlined below. The complete West Perry High School College Handbook provides additional details and suggestions. 

9th Grade

  • Take the self-assessments on the Career Cruising website. Visit www.careercruising.com and enter the username wphs and the password mustangs. Save the results and create a portfolio. Visit your school counselor to create a college/career plan.

  • Talk about your courseload and make sure your choices will look good to college admissions officers.

  • Show interest in your high school beyond the classroom by participating in clubs, sports, intramurals, and/or student government.

  • Volunteer in the community. Churches, fire stations, animal shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, children's sports leagues all accept volunteers. 

  • Remember those college fair e-mail blasts you've been getting?  Start attending! Check out field trip opportunities through the Counseling Center, plan job shadowing days, search for college and career fairs.

  • Hang out with that kid up the street who attends the college you're excited about.  It might give you a better perspective on campus life.

  • Attend the VoTech presentation in September or October during Resource. Apply to VoTech if interested and attend their Open House in November or December. Visit www.cpavts.org for more information.

10th Grade

  • See your school counselor about career and college interests.

  • Schedule college prep courses if planning to attend college.

  • Research careers. Career Cruising is a helpful website that enables you to review career options and to locate schools that offer your choice of major. Your counselor can provide your username and password.

  • Research colleges. Become familiar with college entrance requirements. Make a list of what you are looking for in a college. Some things to consider:

    • Trade or Technical School

    • Two Year vs. Four Year

    • Size

    • Distance from home

    • Majors offered

    • Public or Private

    • Athletics

    • Clubs

    • Cost to attend

  • See your school counselor about setting up a day to job shadow someone in a career you might like.

  • Take the PSAT if you are planning to attend college. This is offered only once a year in October or November.

  • Participate in the ASVAB career assessment in the fall.

  • Check out field trip opportunities through the Counseling Center, plan job shadowing days, search for college and career fairs.

  • Start researching financial aid. Discuss with your family how to pay for college.

  • Don't waste your summer.  Look into part-time gigs or internships that will make your college application shine.

  • Check out some local colleges. Visit!

11th Grade

  • See your school counselor about career and college choices.

  • Schedule college prep courses if planning to attend college, maintain good study habits, participate in extra-curricular activities, and volunteer in the community.

  • If you are a strong student, consider taking AP courses. If you complete the course and take the AP Exam, you can have the chance to earn college credit. Ask your counselor for more information.

  • See your school counselor about setting up a day to job shadow someone in a career you might like.

  • Continue college research and make tentative career plans.

  • Pay attention to the morning announcements and the Counseling Center newsletter. Colleges often visit West Perry in the fall. You can come learn about many schools without leaving the county.

  • Sign up for the PSAT in September. The PSAT is given in October or November.R

  • Register for SATs at www.collegeboard.com. We recommend that you take them once or twice in the spring of 11th grade. Free SAT practice is available at KhanAcademy.org

  • After receiving PSAT results in December,  check out free college planning kit at  www.collegeboard.org.

  • Register with the NCAA in the spring of 11th grade if you plan to play Division I or II sports in college.  Check out www.ncaa.org

  • Narrow choices for colleges you want to apply to. Be sure to visit these colleges prior to applying. They may advertise Open House dates online.

  • Research how to apply to each college (typically online) and what each college requires. Create a document to keep track of all the deadlines and pieces of the applications.

  • Consider scheduling Senior Community Outreach for your senior year.

  • Think about spending your summer volunteering or in an internship to learn more about potential careers. Maybe take a part time job to save money for college.

12th Grade

  • See your school counselor about your career and college plans. Review your transcript with her, and be sure you are meeting all your graduation requirements.

  • Write a resume.

  • Continue to maintain good grades and study habits, participate in extracurricular activities, and volunteer in your community. 

  • September

    • Attend College Fairs and Open Houses.

    • Meet with college representatives at West Perry. See Mrs. Zendt or the Counseling Center Newsletter for dates and times.

    • Visit colleges you are interested in.

    • Register for the SAT if needed.

    • Create a list of colleges you want to apply to.

    • Begin looking for scholarships. Don't stop looking! See the scholarship tab on this website AND look at the Guidance Newsletter each month.

  • October

    • Take SATs again if needed

    • Call admissions offices for deadlines, or to set up interviews, etc. Find out what each college requires with their application.

    • Make a spreadsheet or checklist to keep track of what each college requires.

    • Visit college websites for electronic applications.

    • Get letters of recommendation as needed. (Try to give two weeks notice.) It is helpful to give your recommenders a resume so they are familiar with your accomplishments.

    • Make copies of everything you send to colleges.

    • Start practicing for those all-important college essays.  Many college admissions officers list the essay as the deciding factor.

    • Complete the FAFSA Financial Aid application online anytime after October 1.  Some colleges also require the CSS PROFILE. Check with your school to see if this applies to you.

    • If you are considering the military, sign up to take the ASVAB at West Perry High School. 

  • November

    • Mail or electronically submit applications by THANKSGIVING. Please note some schools (Penn State, for example) have November 1 deadlines.

    • Take SATs if needed.

    • Attend Financial Aid Night at West Perry.

    • Send SAT scores online to meet application deadlines.

    • Keep looking for scholarships.

  • January

    • Send Midterm grades to colleges

    • Do scholarship searches and apply for all financial aid before priority deadlines to receive the most aid.

    • Contact Admissions Offices to ensure applications are received and complete.

    • Compare financial aid packages from the colleges as you receive them. Look at payment options that are available. 

  • March

    • Make decision on which college you will attend.

    • Make deposit to accept admission.

    • Keep looking for scholarships!

  • May/June

    • Send final grades/transcripts to the college you will be attending.

    • Send thank you notes to people who wrote you recommendations.

    • Look for a summer job to earn money.

    • GRADUATE

  • Summer

    • Notify the financial aid office of your college about any scholarships you have been offered.

    • Attend freshman orientations as scheduled.

    • Get ready to start college in the fall!