College counseling at HCSS is a highly individualized process to produce the best possible match between each uniquely talented student and the college or university that best fits that student. Creating that ideal match is a very personal, labor-intensive learning experience like much of everyday life on campus. To help facilitate this – each Junior and Senior receives an individualized, comprehensive “Pathway to College” check-list that their counselor and the College & Career Coordinator have access to. 


Each student works closely with their counselor to explore the many talents and interests they have developed, set goals based on those experiences, and research and find the colleges that will help them achieve those goals.


Personal attention is the hallmark of the college search process at HCSS. Students will work with the College & Career Coordinator, as well as their School Counselor to research, explore and apply to top tier colleges and universities. 


By visiting college campuses, attending regional and national conferences, and hosting college fairs and individual college representatives at our school, HCSS’s college counselors constantly update and expand their knowledge about programs available at colleges. This personal contact also fosters close relationships with admissions officers at local, regional and top tier colleges.


It is essential that students, especially Juniors and Seniors, take advantage of all the opportunities offered to them at HCSS. 


Sample Pathway to College Check-List: 


JUNIOR YEAR – May 2023

Open a Common App acct by using your personal email and save your password

Fill out Profile section under Common App tab

Fill out Family section under Common App tab

Fill out Education section under Common App tab

Add your colleges to your Common App acct under College Seach tab

Add your non-Common App colleges manually on Naviance under Colleges I’m Applying to

Write first draft of your college essay

Start planning your college specific and/or supplemental essays

Complete Naviance self-assessment questionnaire

Request letters of recommendations through NAVIANCE only!

Take the May SAT


June 1st Application deadline for HCC Dual Enrollment

Continue work on college essay

Plan Summer visits to colleges

Meet with your counselor one more time before Summer

Take the June SAT


Proofread/Create final draft of your essays

Update your Activities section under Common App tab

Continue career research

Visit colleges (even just driving through campus!)

Make a revised list of colleges that you are intersted in (even if they seem out of reach)

Work on your resume

Take August SAT (Optional)


Review your unofficial copy of your high school transcript with your Counselor

Get a copy of your test scores on College Board acct

Answer individual college Questions under My Colleges tab

Release your FERPA Waiver Authorization under My Colleges

Match your Common App and Naviance

QuestBridge application deadline – Sept. 27, 2022

Attend college rep visits and other college events at HCSS


Final draft of your college essay is due

Start your FAFSA and CSS Profile applications on Oct. 1

Apply to non-commonapp colleges through their website if applying ED

Submit your Common App college applications if applying ED


Add/Apply to colleges Early Action (Non-Binding) or ED if approrpriate

Begin to apply to as many scholarships as possible (Free Money!)

Attend college rep visits and other college events at HCSS


Apply to scholarships – use our list/your own research

Complete your FAFSA and CSS Profile application

You may start to receive acceptance letters. Congrats! Consider all options


Attend accepted students day at colleges you have been accepted to

Carefully consider all options including fincial packages/awards


Decision Day! (May 1, 2023)

Let your college know you are attending

Let your school counselor know which school you are attending

Submit your deposit to the school you will be attending


Consistently check emails after your deposit for extra information

Attend college orientation and have a great Summer!