College Counseling

Senior Counselors

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Welcome to College Counseling

At NDHS, our college counselors provide ample support and information for parents and guardians of our college-bound seniors.

Once assigned a college counselor, students have access to essay workshops, UC/CSU application sessions, over 125 campus visits from college admissions representatives, and our annual college fair. Our counselors also meet individually with seniors to help them complete applications, proofread their essays, assist them with the financial aid process, navigate scholarships, and write customized letters of recommendation for each senior.  

In the spring of sophomore year, the counseling department holds a college admissions night presentation. There is one formal parent college information meeting held in the spring semester of junior year and one meeting held during the fall semester of senior year. An additional meeting about financial aid for college is also provided to senior families in the fall. College counselors also sponsor monthly parent breakfasts throughout junior and senior year where they meet informally with small groups of parents to discuss college-related issues and answer questions.

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News from the Counseling Office


Saturday, May 1 is the National Candidate Reply Deadline, and you must commit and deposit to one (ONLY ONE!) college or university by this date. While some schools have pushed this deadline back, many have not, especially most UCs and CSUs. It is imperative that you adhere to your school’s deadline and deposit on time or risk losing your offer.

Once you have committed and deposited to your ONE college or university, please let the other colleges where you were admitted know you will not be attending, as a courtesy to them and to your classmates who may be on waitlists at those schools. You can do this in your portal or by sending a short, simple email to the admissions office. Taking the time to do this could help a classmate to move off of a waitlist!  

Seniors should also continue to update Naviance accounts about college decisions and final decisions. A few weeks after graduation, the registrar will send a final transcript to the one college or university listed on the Naviance Senior Survey. Please be sure you have indicated which college you are attending in Naviance. Please contact your counselor if you need help.

College Board News Alert: College Board has announced significant changes in the CollegeBoard testing programs: SAT Subjects tests and the SAT Optional Essay are both being discontinued. 
The Counseling Office is staying vigilant and monitoring changes to the testing landscape.  Many universities continue to announce Test Optional or Test Blind policies for the next year and beyond. It is important to note: while admission offices may inform these policies, test scores may still be an important aspect of admission for selective universities, selective majors, or selective scholarships. The College Board (SAT) and (ACT) continue to add dates to make the exams more accessible, but these dates fill up quickly and might be canceled/rescheduled if testing conditions are deemed unsafe by the test site administrators. If your student can take any of these exams, please expect that they may only have the chance to take either test once - especially for the spring or summer testing dates. 

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