Announcements

COUNSELING CORNER

  • National College Fair--coming to our area!  The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) invites sophomores, juniors and seniors to their National College Fair on March 26-27, 2017 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Admission representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities are available to speak with students one-on-one concerning the college admission process and college life in general, plus much more. Students should preregister and find complete details at www.nacacfairs.org/ncfstudentregistration.
     
  • Naviance: Family Connection - The Counseling Office uses Family Connection from Naviance, a Web-based college planning resource designed especially for students and families. Family Connection is a comprehensive resource that you and your daughter can use to help in making post-secondary plans. Counselors meet with sophomore students in early May and introduce the girls to a number of the key college planning features of the site. Juniors and seniors already have access to Naviance and should use it regularly.
  • College Application Process for Seniors! The process requesting transcripts/submitting college applications to the counselors was explained at the senior meeting in August. All applications and requests MUST be done through Naviance. Each senior was given a "College Application Checklist" that walked them through the process. A link to that form can be found in the document library in Naviance, through the Forms link on the Counseling page in Moodle or by clicking here. In addition, a one-time transcript fee of $20 per senior is required for processing and is due before any transcripts will be released. Seniors can see their counselor if they have any questions.
  • College Planning Information for Juniors Class of 2018 - Juniors received the following letter and questionnaire in regards to college planning in October 2016. 
  • Federal Student Aid Info--Launch of StudentAid.gov and Social Media Sites: StudentAid.gov is a new website that provides information about planning and paying for college. The sites combines content and interactive tools from serveral ED websites. It is fully accessible on tablets and smartphones as well. In addition to StudentAid.gov, Federal Student Aid has also launched a Twitter feed and a Facebook page to offer alternative options to learn about the student aid process. They also have a collection of videos to help answer frequently asked questions about financial aid. Don't forget that the FAFSA information and forms can be found online.
  • SENIORS-CHECK YOUR EMAIL!! Seniors should CONSISTENTLY check their email in case of any issues with their college applications/transcript requests. Several seniors don't check their email and therefore miss deadlines or important information--including applications that we cannot process for various reasons. This is each student's responsbility!
  • College Representatives Visit Mercy: Several colleges and universities (from in- and out-of-state) visit Mercy during September and October to provide information to interested juniors and seniors. The list of those visiting is updated here on the "College Visit Schedule" link and also in Naviance under the "Colleges" tab, then "visits." Interested students must sign up online in Naviance for a pass at least 2 days in advance of any visit. Students may miss up to a TOTAL of 3 class periods (but can attend more visits if they occur during an "off hour"). Feel free to contact us if you have any questions
  • NCAA Information for Juniors & Seniors: All juniors and seniors interested in playing a Division I or II sport in college MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse prior to graduation. A link to their website is listed under the College Planning link (on the Counseling page).
  • 10th & 11th Grade - Understanding Your PSAT Scores - 10th and 11th grade students took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2016.  Student score reports became available online in late January 2017.  Students were notified by email that they can visit studentscores.collegeboard.org to create a College Board account and get their full PSAT/NMSQT score report.  For information to assist you with understanding the PSAT results, please view the following: