College Counseling Plan for Success
EHS students have an incredible college acceptance track record. In fact, our students have been admitted to 85 of the top 100 universities in the U.S. and to all of this region’s finest colleges.
The Collegiate Path
We recognize that navigating the path to college can be challenging. We are here to help you and your child with every step of the process. After all, their success is our success—and our future!
Financing and saving for a college or university education can seem daunting. Follow these steps to get on your way.
- Read Basic Financial Aid Tips
- Be aware of scholarship scams. Visit FinAid! for tips on how to spot scams.
- View a Student's Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete the FAFSA4caster application located in the Thinking About College? section of the FAFSA website, to see how federal student aid can help you pay for college. This is a helpful estimation tool provided by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- Families with a graduating student enrolling in college must complete the official FAFSA application between October 1 and March 1 of the year of graduation. Many states operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply as early as possible to ensure your child has the best opportunity to receive federal financial aid.
We encourage families to work closely with our counseling department at this time to stay informed and abreast of critical deadlines. Free help with the FAFSA is also available from College Goal Sunday held every February in three Madison, locations. Visit the College Goal Wisconsin website for dates and locations.
- Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE as required. Some private colleges require the CSS PROFILE to award non-federal aid. You must first complete the FAFSA.
Search for Scholarships
We are here to help you and your child sift through the endless amounts of information. Consider these three tiers when searching for scholarship opportunities:
- School-based—offered by colleges to which your child has applied.
- Local/regional—offered by your employer, service clubs, military branch, or professional organization. Starting in October of each year, watch for our newsletter listing scholarships made available to our students.
- National—competition for these is greater
- Utilize scholarship search resources. We have provided some well-known and trusted resources on the side of this page. Check out the 2016-17 EHS Senior Scholarship Listing.
Take College Entrance Exams
- College entrance exams are the standardized tests by which nearly every college or university bases at least a portion of the admissions decision-making process on. Research your school of choice’s preferred test, and then decide which test you will take, or take both. Compare the ACT and SAT.
- Register online for college entrance exams as early as possible to ensure you have a seat. When signing up for a test, use Edgewood's school code: 501 155.
- Apply for extended testing time (if needed) at least eight weeks before the test. Check the ACT and SAT websites for information on how to apply. Get help from our testing specialists:
- ACT contact: Brenda Foti, Learning Resources Center Director
- SAT, PSAT, and AP exams contact: Monica Ladell, Student Services Counselor
- Look into test preparation options. Formal preparation for college entrance exams is not required; however, If you would feel more comfortable approaching the test with advanced preparation, both SAT and ACT offer free practice tests online and EHS provides test prep resources in the library. You may also consider courses such as ZAPS (shorter, less expensive course), Kaplan, and Princeton Review (longer, more expensive courses). Speak with your counselor and listen for announcements about these options.
Starting with your favorite college, begin to research the programs, environment, and amenities colleges have to offer you.
- Read “How to Find the College That's Right for You” (U.S. News and World Report). [Summary]
- Create your resumé. [Example].
- Meet with admissions reps who visit EHS from colleges that interest you.
- Visit your top colleges. Most college websites provide ample information on how to plan a visit to their college. Formulate questions to ask. [Question checklist]
- Have an Idea of the majors that interest you? Look up the best schools for those majors in Rugg's Recommendations on Colleges by Frederick Rugg (also available in the EHS library and counseling office).
- Attend college fairs in our area or register for the National College Fair in Milwaukee, Chicago, or Minneapolis. See the side of this page for links to college fairs.
- Search for special advice if you:
- Have a learning disability or ADHD
- Want to play college sports
- Want to study the performing arts. Contact the relevant department of colleges of interest for audition dates (usually February or March), audition/portfolio requirements, and deadlines. You may not have to major in arts to receive a small scholarship.
You’ve narrowed it down; now apply to your favorite few. Review our guidelines for applying to colleges before you begin. We’ve also included forms and links at the side of this page for easy access.
- Keep track of applications and materials sent using our Application Tracker form. Also check out this Application Checklist.
- Complete the Common Application utilized by many member colleges. For colleges not accepting the common application, go to the website admissions section.
- Take advantage of College Board’s My College Planning Organizer. A free, online tool to help you organize all things college related and keep track of deadlines.
- Know the EHS school code—you will need this when you apply to a college: 501 155.
- Request recommendation letters and follow up. [Requesting recommendations tip sheet]
- Learn about early admissions and what it means. Read about it from Admissions Consultants.
- Order transcripts for each individual college.
Set up a Parchment account.
- Go to the Parchment website and click SIGN UP.
- Since you do not have a Registration Code, enter your student information and click SIGN UP.
- On the next screen, students typically choose NO in the first part unless they are completely uncertain where they’d like to go to school. Clicking YES will allow colleges to solicit you with advertisements.
- You may fill out the next screen with college names if you wish. Otherwise, most students just click the "X" in the top right hand corner to exit out of this box.
- You arrive at your home screen. To send your first transcript, click SEND TRANSCRIPT in the middle of screen or in the top left.
- Type in Edgewood High School and select the correct EHS in Madison, WI.
- Enter your enrollment information and on the next screen, it will be your address.
- Enter your signature on the next screen, and your account will be complete.
To send a transcript through Parchment for college/university applications, go to the Parchment website to order electronic transcripts, which, for a few dollars, will go directly to the colleges you need.
To order a transcript personal copy or for an employer/agency, please download and fill out the Alumni Transcript Request form. Then mail the form with $5.00 to Registrar at the address on the form. You should receive your transcript in 7-10 days. Thank you!