January 2018 Counseling Center Update | Northland Christian School

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January 2018 Counseling Center Update

A monthly listing of test prep, college information, scholarships and other opportunities

Summer Programs

Registration for many summer programs is already open; some competitive programs have early deadlines or fill quickly.  These are great opportunities to explore interests and college campuses.

Subiendo Academy at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business is a leadership program for current juniors. There is no cost to students selected to attend.  The application deadline is January 31.

The University of Dallas Summer Programs are open to current 9th-12th graders.  Programs are in Dallas or Rome and include classic studies, Shakespeare, Latin, American studies and music. Application deadline is January 16. 

Texas A&M-Galveston Sea Camps fill quickly. Open to students ages 10-18, topics include marine biology, coastal ecology, oceanography, pre-med, pre-vet and more.

The Investigative Journalism Workshop at Boston University is open to students ages 15-18. The scholarship deadline is January 31.

The Stanford Pre-College Program is open to current sophomores, juniors and seniors. Choose from classes in humanities & science, earth science or engineering. Round 1 deadline is January 15. 

The U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar is for current juniors interested in attending the Naval Academy.  Applications are now open. 

The Vanderbilt Summer Academy is open to high achieving 6th-11th graders.  The priority deadline is February 7.

The Experiment in International Living’s Leadership Institute is a fully-funded program for rising seniors.  Locations include India and South Africa.  The deadline is January 17.

Test Prep



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Register for the SAT at the College Board.

If you have already taken the PSAT or SAT, you can get free, personalized test prep through Khan Academy by linking your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. 



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June 15

Register for the ACT at ACT.  

Method Test Prep (MTP)

Northland provides a free subscription for all high school students. MTP includes lessons, quizzes, full-length tests and video tutorials.

College Visit Events

Start planning now for your spring college visits.  Most schools ask you to register online before open house events.  You can also schedule individual visits through the school’s admissions office.

The New York Film Academy will hold auditions in Houston on January 27.  See the link for audition requirements.

Aggieland Saturday at Texas A&M University will be Saturday, February 10. Prospective students can tour campus, meet current students, and learn about admission and financial aid. Register online.

Mississippi State University’s Spring Preview Days will be March 19 and 26. Prospective students can learn about admission, academics, and life on campus. Registration opens February 15. Newly admitted students are invited to Academic Insight, a half-day event hosted by each of the colleges in February.

Open House Dates:

Several schools have admission events during Presidents’ Day weekend.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Seniors, remember to fill out your 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work-study. Financial aid deadlines vary by school.

Scholarship listings are updated regularly on Naviance

Create a free account with Niche by January 20, and you will be entered in their January drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. 

The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Contest is open to Texas high school students.  Submit a 1,500-2,500 word essay about African Americans in Texas who have made a significant contribution to African American history or culture in Texas. The deadline is February 21. All state finalists will be eligible to apply for Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarships.    



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