• SHHS Counseling Department
    SHHS Counseling Staff  - 610-892-3470  (Extensions listed below)




     College application/Common Application/Naviance Tips

    • Submit via Common App or through the college website or Coalition App.
    • Thank your teachers who wrote you letters!
    • Common App support is 24/7 https://www.commonapp.org/help
    • You may need to contact admissions of your college for specific guidance if applying directly to them through their website.
    • November 1st deadlines were sent by ALL counselors. If you forgot to request something, colleges will accept it a few days late without penalty AS LONG AS YOUR APPLICATION IS IN!
    • If you add new schools to your list moving forward you must add them to your list in Naviance, indicate how you are applying (if you see a ? in the computer icon you have not done that), and add them to your Common App list (if they are Common App schools) BEFORE you turn in a new transcript request form.
    • All forms and documents can be found here: https://www.wssd.org/Page/554 
    • If you are having trouble finding the FERPA: If your school uses Naviance to submit school forms, students will submit the FERPA release authorization within the Common App account, not their Naviance account. The student must complete the education section within Common App first, then complete the FERPA release authorization. The FERPA release authorization is found within the Recommenders and FERPA section of the my colleges tab, and the "release authorization" link must be checked with the FERPA decision. Students can only see the Recommenders and FERPA section once they've added at least one school to their application. You must waive your access to see letters to have letters sent.
    • Students must add counselors and teachers through Naviance but must add other recommenders (Non SHHS adults) through Common App. Counselors and teachers will log in through Naviance to complete recommendation forms.
    • Matching Common App to Naviance video: https://www.screencast.com/t/gxEQkElyo1




     Common app



    Dear Students,

    What is happening in our communities, those close by and far away, is deeply troubling and provokes complex feelings in all of us. While it may feel like we are really distant and unable to support you in the traditional sense, we remain committed to being a source of comfort and familiarity to you. If you would like to talk, please reach out to us so we can connect over the platform that you prefer.

    Most sincerely,
    Your school counselors

    The American School Counselor Association Antiracism Statement


     Welcome back Juniors and Seniors!

    This year our college representative visits will be virtual. Follow these steps to register for a visit.

    1) Log in to your Naviance student account.

    2) Find the New Events section on the home page. There you will find a list of the colleges virtually visiting Strath Haven this fall.

    3) When you find a college that interests you, click on view details.

    4) Click on the green registration button in the top right corner.  Please register with your personal email, NOT your student gmail. Seniors may attend five visits. Juniors may attend three visits.

    5) You will receive a reminder email the day before with the virtual meeting link. This link will be active 15 minutes before the meeting time.

    6) Don't forget to email your teacher if you will be missing any class time for a college info session. It is your responsibility to tell your teacher BEFORE you will miss class for a college info session and to get any work that you miss.

    The link will also be accessible via Naviance student. Go to Colleges main page, scroll down to College Visits section and click on the Show More button. You will see an active Virtual Visit Link that will provide you access to the virtual meeting room.


    College Campuses are Closed…How to Visit Virtually

    1. College websites’ own virtual tours
    2. Follow college admissions’ social media
    3. Reach out to local alumni from SHHS to get their impressions and ask questions
    4. Youvisit.com offers virtual reality and 360 views of many college campuses
    5. Youniversitytv.com - Informal student-led tours, not sanctioned by the colleges, but these have student perspectives. Take these with a grain of salt – consider the source!
    6. The Student Life tab in Naviance provides lots of helpful data including ethnicity statistics, average age of students,  % living on campus, etc...
    7. Collegexpress.com’s Lists and Rankings pages – great information about school culture and distinctive features
    8. Don’t forget about reaching out to admissions office representatives!  Use this time to create a list of questions based on the research that you do and email those admissions reps. They are there to help you learn about their schools and whether a particular school is the right fit for you.  You can usually find the name of your regional admissions representative on a college’s admissions website.  Our admissions reps’ names are also sometimes listed in Naviance.  This is a terrific way to demonstrate your interest in a college.  Don’t forget to write professional, carefully worded, and proofread emails.


     College Essay Resources

    The College Essay Guy - 7 Great College Essay Tips to Help You Out

    Georgia Tech Admission Blog - College Admission Essays: "I've Heard That One Before"

    Tulane Admission Blog - "Ten Tips for an Epic College Essay"



            Delaware County Community College: College for a Day

    High school juniors and seniors are invited to visit Delaware County Community College for a day of hands-on experiences. Students will:  Explore majors, Meet current students and professors, learn how to apply and pay for college, and Tour Campus. 

    QUESTIONS? Contact Amber Moore | 610-723-4950 | amoore33@dccc.edu

    Marple Campus | 901 South Media Line Road | Media, PA 19063

    Delaware County Community College - Dual Enrollment Program - CHECK THIS OUT!!!!
    DCCC is pleased to announce a special opportunity for high school juniors and seniors.  Students may enroll in college classes at DCCC while completing their high school curriculum.  Eligible juniors may take up to 9 credits, and seniors may take up to 12 credits at the amazing reduced rates of $50 per credit (with fees included) for a sponsoring school district, and $100 per credit (with fees included) for a non-sponsoring district.  The $25 application fee is also waived.  For more information call 610-359-5333 or enroll@dccc.edu.  Check out the website as well - www.dccc.edu/highschool
    Click here for more information and registration form -  DCCC Dual Enrollment Information and Registration Form


    Financial Aid presentation by Frances McKeown from PHEAA

    Click here for Presentation



      2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts

    The essay prompts are as follows:

    • Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.   
    • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success.  Recount an incident or time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.  How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted your thinking?  What was the outcome?
    • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.  It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you want to lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you?  What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice.  It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

    The Common Application has announced that the 2020-2021 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2019-2020 essay prompts. Based on extensive counselor feedback, the existing essay prompts provide great flexibility for applicants to tell their unique stories in their own voice. Retaining the essay prompts provides the added benefit of consistency for students, counselors, parents, and members during the admissions process.

    Plus, with essay prompts remaining the same, students rolling over their existing Common App accounts have more time to plan and prepare their applications prior to the final year of high school.

    Transcript requests and all supporting materials (brag sheets, student info sheets, activity sheets, transcript release forms and any secondary school reports) must be COMPLETE and ready to be processed when submitted to the Guidance secretary.  We cannot guarantee that your materials will reach the respective colleges on time if you do not meet the following SHHS guidelines:
    OCTOBER 15 deadline - due by Tuesday, September 15.
    NOVEMBER 1 deadline - Requests must be submitted to the Guidance secretary by Thursday, October 1.
    NOVEMBER 15 deadline - Due by Thursday, October 15
    DECEMBER 1 deadline - Due by Monday, November 2
    DEC.21 THRU JAN. 3 deadline - Due by Tuesday, December 1 
    JANUARY 15 deadline - Due by Tuesday. December 15 (because of Winter Recess)
    FEBRUARY 1 deadline - Due by Monday, January 4
    FEBRUARY 15 deadline - Due by Friday, January 15
                                                                                               ACT Test: Click Here
    ATTENTION CLASS OF 2021!! -  Are you confused about the college application process?
    Click here for the complete Guide To College Planning
    Here's a brief summary of how to get started - Getting Started with Your College Applications and this link explains where all those forms go    What Goes Where College Application Checklist
        Seniors  -  this LINK is a very informative video concerning linking the Common App and Naviance!

    Look for scholarship and summer opportunities information on the SHHS guidance page.  Information is always being added and updated - please be aware of scholarship/summer application deadlines!
    Remember to click on the SAT-ACT-AP Information link on this webpage for a multitude of test prep options - including free, practice standardized tests and test prep tutors!
    SAT Registration:  Students may register online at http://www.collegeboard.org.  The test center number for SHHS is 39-700. The code number for Strath Haven High School is 395-015.
    ACT Registration: You may register online at http://www.actstudent.org.  The test center code for SHHS is 216670. The high school code for SHHS is 395-015.