Going to college can be a reality for every student. Each journey might look a little bit different, but the end results will always be the same. Higher education can open so many doors for you and allow you to reach your dreams.


There are literally thousands of schools to choose from and no where near enough time to learn about all of them.  Narrowing down the search and finding the right schools to apply to doesn't have to be stressful or difficult. Today, there are online resources and tools that help us find colleges and universities that match you up with your specific interests and requirements.  These three sites are just the tip of the iceburg and they are some of my favorites. Scroll through some of their pages and find the site that is right for you. 

We will absolutely utilize the tools and resources provided by Naviance, but you can also feel free to check out these other sites in addition to the work with do with Naviance. The perfect college campus is out there for you and it can't wait for you to visit!

 Niles North partners with  Naviance  to offer students and parents a wide variety of resources. Career searching, learning inventories, college searching, scholarship hunting, and more.

Niles North partners with Naviance to offer students and parents a wide variety of resources. Career searching, learning inventories, college searching, scholarship hunting, and more.

 Inspired by the belief that all students deserve access to good guidance,  BigFuture  by the College. Board is a free comprehensive web resource that improves the college planning process.

Inspired by the belief that all students deserve access to good guidance, BigFuture by the College. Board is a free comprehensive web resource that improves the college planning process.

 Helps students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will allow them to succeed.

Helps students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will allow them to succeed.

 Cappex is a site that helps students discover, research, and build relationships with colleges and universities that will allow them to succeed. Powered by College Greenlight.

Cappex is a site that helps students discover, research, and build relationships with colleges and universities that will allow them to succeed. Powered by College Greenlight.

 This is an awesome resource available to all students at Niles North. Discover interests, career options, and even get ACT prep through this multifaceted website.

This is an awesome resource available to all students at Niles North. Discover interests, career options, and even get ACT prep through this multifaceted website.


The college search and application process can be a lot to take on.  Here are some websites that offer a lot of helpful information and tools to help you a long the way. We will be utilizing many/all of these sites together during your time at Niles north. Click on the resources below to learn more about each site.

 The majority of your college applications will be hosted by The Common Application.  There are hundreds of college and universities using this application in place of a traditional individual (school specific) application.

The majority of your college applications will be hosted by The Common Application.  There are hundreds of college and universities using this application in place of a traditional individual (school specific) application.

 The SAT Student website allows students to sign in to their account, sign up for tests, take practice tests, get help & resources, view scores, and send test scores to colleges and universities.

The SAT Student website allows students to sign in to their account, sign up for tests, take practice tests, get help & resources, view scores, and send test scores to colleges and universities.

    The College Board website provides students and parents with helpful information on Standardized test like the SAT and Advanced Placement Test (AP Test).The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity

 

The College Board website provides students and parents with helpful information on Standardized test like the SAT and Advanced Placement Test (AP Test).The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity

 The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides a wealth of resources and information for both students and parents on the admissions process.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides a wealth of resources and information for both students and parents on the admissions process.

    The Illinois Association for College Admission counseling is another great resource for parents and students to utilize during the application process.

 

The Illinois Association for College Admission counseling is another great resource for parents and students to utilize during the application process.

 A big part of going to college includes paying for college.  During your Senior Year you and your parents/guardians will complete the FAFSA after the 1st of the year.

A big part of going to college includes paying for college.  During your Senior Year you and your parents/guardians will complete the FAFSA after the 1st of the year.


Student Athletics in College

 Dear Prospective Student-Athlete,

Please explore the NCAA resources if you are a student-athlete seeking eligibility for college athletics. It is important to remember that you are a student first and an athlete second. Colleges will not admit students to play any sport unless they are in good academic standing and meet the college entrance requirements. In addition to meeting college entrance requirements, students seeking to play NCAA Division 1 or 2 athletics and/or NAIA Division 1 or 2 athletics must also meet eligibility requirements of those organizations. Details on the eligibility requirements can be found in the NCAA eligibility guide.

Student athletes must accept responsibility for maintaining their academics and working towards meeting requirements.  Students should be aware of their own credits and grades. Counselors, parents, and coaches should be consulted regularly throughout the high school years for guidance. However, the ultimate responsibility rests with the student.  

Before you approach college coaches concerning their teams and athletic grant-in-aid possibilities, learn about the rules governing the recruitment process.  Even as freshmen and sophomores, it is beneficial to understand the process. See Ms. Allegra Giulietti-Schmitt, College & Career Counselor, for information on the recruitment process. In addition to seeing Ms. Giulietti-Schmitt, you must let your guidance counselor and coach know of your interest in college athletics early in your high school career (freshmen year is ideal.) Your counselor will work with you to ensure you are taking the correct classes for eligibility as well as to prepare for college entrance requirements. Your coach can help you prepare your recruitment video and resume.

If you are interested in a specific college, do not wait for them to contact you. The chances of being recruited are marginal for most students; only a small percent of the most accomplished student-athletes are recruited. It is the responsibility of the student-athletes to make their face, name and talents known to various colleges.


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela