Guidance, College, & Career-Related Information & Opportunities
SAT Dates for 2018-19 and 2019-20
Test Date: August 24, 2019 (Registration Deadline: July 26)
Test Date: October 5, 2019 (Registration Deadline: September 6)
Test Date: November 2, 2019 (Registration Deadline: October 3)
Test Date: December 7, 2019 (Registration Deadline: November 8)
Test Date: March 14, 2020 (Registration Deadline: February 14)
Test Date: May 2, 2020 (Registration Deadline: April 3)
Test Date: June 6, 2020 (Registration Deadline: May 8)
ACT Dates for 2018-19 and 2019-20
Test Date: July 13, 2019 (Registration Deadline: June 14)
Test Date: September 14, 2019 (Registration Deadline: August 16)
Test Date: October 26, 2019 (Registration Deadline: September 20)
Test Date: December 14, 2019 (Registration Deadline: November 8)
Test Date: February 8, 2020 (Registration Deadline: January 10)
Test Date: April 4, 2020 (Registration Deadline: February 28)
Test Date: June 13, 2020 (Registration Deadline: May 8)
Test Date: July 18, 2020 (Registration Deadline: June 19)
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING TEST DAY PROCEDURE
Students must present a valid photo ID on the day of the SAT and ACT tests. Accepted IDs include a current, unexpired school year ID, Drivers License, or Passport. If you do not have ID, please see Mrs. Pihlblad or Mrs. Woynar as soon as possible. If you do not have an acceptable photo ID, you will NOT be admitted into the test.
$40,000 ACT Scholarship Giveaway!
Sophomores and juniors who register for the July 2019 ACT national test date may enter to win a $40,000 scholarship + $5,000 Tech Package! During registration, check YES to opt-in to the ACT Scholarship Giveaway for your chance to win. Click here for more information.
College Board Launches New Opportunity Scholarship Program
The College Board has introduced a new scholarship program which has no income, GPA, or SAT score requirements and rewards high school students for taking the necessary steps to plan for college. The Opportunity Scholarships are now available to Class of 2020 high school students who, over the next two years, take college planning steps such as building a college list, practicing for the SAT, completing the FAFSA and applying to colleges. (Class of 2021 students can begin taking advantage of the program beginning in December of 2019.) Students will earn a chance to win scholarships of $500–$2,000 by completing up to six individual college planning steps. The more steps they complete; the more scholarships they are eligible to win. Students who complete all six college planning steps will be eligible to win a $40,000 scholarship! To learn more about the Opportunity Scholarship program, click here.
If your child has a documented disability, he or she may be eligible for certain accommodations on the ACT or SAT. Accommodations for the SAT must be requested six to eight weeks in advance of the testing date. If you are interested in applying for accommodations for either test, please contact your child’s school counselor to initiate the process.
Mr. Darcy Pihlblad Mrs. Regina Woynar
School Counselor A-L School Counselor M-Z
SAT & ACT Prep
Goldstein Test Prep will offer an SAT prep course at OLSH from July 26 - August 16, 2019. The course includes 16 hours of instruction and four proctored SAT exams. Sessions will take place Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (2:30 PM on testing days). Students who have taken a previous course with Goldstein Test Prep are welcome to sit in on later courses at no additional charge. The cost of the course is $650, but OLSH students will receive a $100 discount. For more information or to register, click here.
Method Test Prep offers a wide variety of online ACT and SAT prep courses to fit any schedule and budget. Live SAT and ACT Advantage courses, which include 18 hours of instruction, will be offered in July, August and September. Live, two-hour SAT and ACT "Power Classes" will be offered in July. "On Demand" ACT and SAT courses are available for viewing by students at any time. To learn more about any of these classes, please click here. Free test-taking strategies for the ACT, the PSAT and the SAT are also available on the Method Test Prep blog.
Sewickley Public Library is offering a Summer Test Prep Crash Course designed to prepare students for both the SAT and the ACT. The course is sponsored by 3RPrep and will take place from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, July 15-19, 2019. $125 covers the cost of the course and all related materials. (A few need-based scholarships are available.) Registration is required. Please call 412-741-6920 to register.
NCAA Eligibility for College-Bound Athletes
If you are a current junior or senior who plans to participate in Division I or II athletics in college, please talk to your school counselor about having your transcript submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Transcripts should be submitted at the end of your junior year, and again after high school graduation. Current seniors who did not submit a transcript to the NCAA at the end of junior year should request a transcript upload as soon as possible.
2019-20 FAFSA Available as of October 1, 2018
If you are the parent of a current senior who is planning to pursue post-secondary education at a college, university, or trade school, you may now apply for federal student aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The 2019-20 FAFSA Application has been available since October 1, 2018 at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
If you need to fill out the FAFSA for more than one student, please read this helpful article about the process: https://blog.ed.gov/2018/09/fafsa-more-than-one-child/
While the Pennsylvania deadline for filling out the 2019-20 FAFSA is May 1, 2019, some colleges and universities have earlier deadlines. When submitting college applications, please be sure to inquire about FAFSA deadlines for each individual school.
Registering for Selective Service
Did you know that in order to be eligible for Federal Student Aid, all young men 18-25 years of age must register for Selective Service? The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. That means men are required to register with Selective Service sometime during the 30 days before their 18th birthday, their 18th birthday, and the following 29 days after their 18th birthday – a 60-day registration period. Men who do not register with Selective Service within the 60-day window are technically in violation of the law and should register as soon as possible. Registration is quick and easy. Just have your Social Security Number ready and fill out this online registration form. Male students 18 years of age and older who have not registered for Selective Service will be prompted to do so while filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
TuitionFit Provides True College Cost Information
Students often have to wait until after they apply and are accepted to find out a college’s actual price. But what’s the point of applying to a school unless you already know that you can afford it? TuitionFit makes solving that problem easy by letting students and families share the individual college offers they receive. TuitionFit organizes and anonymously displays that data so that students can all compare real-time college prices. They keep your identity absolutely safe while creating a catalog of colleges' actual prices offered to students like you. Now you can see real college prices and decide whether to apply elsewhere, negotiate a better price, or take the offer you’ve got. Best of all, it's free to create an account. To learn more, please click here.
CampusReel College Search Website Features Student-Made Videos
CampusReel is an online college search tool unlike any other. The site features a collection of more than 10,000 student-made videos that enable students to picture themselves on campus, find their best fit, and get excited about researching colleges. To access the videos, create your free account here.
Admissions Events & College Fairs
Brandeis University (MA)
Fall Open House (Brandeis Days): September 8 & 14; October 5, 12, & 27; November 3 & 9 Register
Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
Multiple campus visit options are available. Click here to learn more or register.
Edinboro University (PA)
Scots Summer Visit Days: June 21, July 19, August 9 Register
Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
Multiple visit options available. Plan your visit here.
Kent State University (OH)
Multiple visit options are available. Click here for more information.
Mount St. Mary’s University (MD)
Multiple visit opportunities available. Register
Penn State University (Main Campus)
Multiple visit options are available. Click here for more information.
Saint Vincent College (PA)
Get Acquainted Day (Open House): July 20; August 17 Register
Overnight Visits for Accepted Students: Register
Slippery Rock University
Open House: June 22; August 16 Register
University of Notre Dame (IN)
Multiple visit options are available. Plan your visit here.
University of Pittsburgh
Pitt Daily Visit Options: Register
William & Mary University (VA)
Multiple visit options available. Register
Youngstown State University (OH)
Penguin Preview Day: June 28 Register
"Adulting 101" Course Offered at Sewickley Library
Sewickley Public Library knows that recent high school graduates are looking ahead toward their futures. Whether that future entails a four-year university, a trade school, a gap year, or going straight into full-time employment, there are fundamental skills of adulthood that many young adults do not learn until too late – including financial literacy, personal and professional organization and even basics of self and home maintenance, like laundry, cooking and minor repairs.
Those who participate in all three sessions are eligible to receive a small monetary reward for their attendance. Additionally, there will be giveaways and freebies at every session! Students interested in registering should contact Emily Fear, Head of the Teen Department, at 412.741.6920 or email@example.com.
Summer Courses at the Communtiy College of Beaver County
The Community College of Beaver County is offering a variety workforce, enrichment, and youth programs during the summer of 2019. To view the online course catalog, click here.
Future Pilot Forums for Aspiring Pilots
FAPA (Future and Active Pilot Advisors), the pilot career consulting company and its partner Air Wisconsin are ‘Building the Pilot Pipeline’ by inviting aspiring pilots of all ages including career changers, students (and parents), non-aviation separating military personnel and future pilots of all backgrounds – to FAPA Future Pilot Forums to learn about the pathways to a professional pilot career. Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology will also be present to discuss flight education opportunities. The dates and location of the 2019 Future Pilot Forums are as follows:
Saturday, 07/13/19, 1 PM - 5 PM | Denver, CO
Saturday, 08/24/19, 1 PM - 5 PM | Seattle, WA
Saturday, 09/21/19, 1 PM - 5 PM| Boston, MA
Saturday, 10/19/19, 1 PM - 5 PM | Orlando. FL
Saturday, 11/16/19, 1PM - 5 PM | Honolulu, HI
Saturday, 12/14/19, 1 PM - 5 PM | Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
Attendees are invited to attend in person or to view portions of the event via on-demand video later for free. All attendees should pre-register for either format at FAPA.aero/FuturePilot
NEW College Majors and Programs
Ingram Emergency Medical Services is pleased to announce the inaugural Peggy Ferguson memorial scholarship! The scholarship will be offered to local residents and students wishing to become EMTs, advanced EMTs and paramedics in exchange for service with Ingram EMS. Applicants for this program must be at least 18 years old (16-18 year old applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis), and most must be able to meet all requirements for agency membership in good standing as well as state certification requirements. Training sessions for approved candidates will take place June 24 - August 6 (Oakland); August 19 - December 16 (UPMC East); and August 10 - December 16 (UPMC Passavant). If you are interested in becoming an EMT, Advanced EMT or Paramedic, send Ingram EMS a facebook message or e-mail at IngramEMS@aol.com.
Applications for the Ironworkers Local 3 Apprenticeship Program are available year-round, and may be obtained between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Training Center, located at 2315 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a letter from their school principal on school letterhead, embossed with a school seal, stating that the applicant is on track to graduate. For more information, please call 412-471-4535. Flyers are available in the Counseling Center.
Partners4Work is accepting applications for their annual Learn & Earn program. This is a 6 weeks summer program for teens and young adults ages 14-21. Participants have the opportunity to earn money, gain valuable work experience and develop soft skills to help them become college and career ready. The application is open to Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh residents who meet program income requirements. Students selected will work from June 24 through August 2. Orientation begins the week of June 17. Applications are available at https://www.partner4work.org.
Scally's Golf Center in Moon Township has seasonal work available for the following positions: Par 3 & Snack Bar Attendant; Driving Range Attendant; and Batting Cages & Grounds Attendant. Flyers containing descriptions of all three positions as well as instructions on how to apply are available in the Counseling Center.
The Western Pennsylvania Laborers’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program accepts applications year-round. Laborers are used for various projects in heavy and highway construction. Laborers work with hand, power, and air tools, trenching and shoring projects, rebar, traffic control, soil compaction, and more. The last application deadlines for the 2019 Apprenticeship & Training Program classes are June 30 (testing and interviews in July 2019) and August 23 (testing and interviews in September 2019). Click here to learn more.
Tips for a productive summer!
College admissions counselors look at more than just academics when reviewing applications. The manner in which students choose to spend their summer months can really set them apart. Here are two good articles about how students can gain valuable experience during the summer, while still having plenty of time for rest and relaxation:
Which Activities Will Make Your College Application More Competitive?
If you have ever wondered which activities will boost your chance of getting accepted to your favorite college or university, click here to read an article on the topic by Kati Mattli, Senior Director of Admission at Georgia Tech. Her answer to this questions my surprise you!
Beacon College’s unique 3-week Summer for Success immersion experience (July 7-26, 2019) prepares LD/ADHD students for the transition to college with personalized, strategic coursework as well as off-campus activities, while living on the Beacon campus in Leesburg, FL with other students who learn differently. Rising seniors are encouraged to apply. Throughout the program, your student will develop the basic academic, social and planning skills that they need in order to become a confident, independent, successful college student. They will be able to immediately apply these strategies to their final year in high school and to the college admissions process. Scholarships for the Summer for Success program are available for students in need, but they should apply early for first-come first-serve consideration. For more information, or to apply, click here.
Students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2019 (current high school juniors) are welcome to register for the 2019 Experience Christendom Summer Program at Christendom College (VA). Summer 2019 will mark the 21st year of this wildly popular program, which boasts close to 3,500 alumni since 1999. Each year, hundreds of high school students spend a week on campus and describe the week as one of the best weeks of their lives, ranking it on average 4.75 out of 5 on a survey. Registration for the 2019 Experience Christendom Summer Program is now open. Five separate, 1-week sessions will be offered. Approximately 45-50 students will be accepted for each session, and spots fill quickly. This is the most-popular, well-attended, and highly-ranked pre-college summer program of its kind. It’s just that good. To learn more or apply, go to https://www.christendom.edu/admissions/ecsp/.
Registration Deadline: Rolling admission until full
Cornell University’s Summer College program (NY) gives high school students the opportunity to explore majors and investigate potential careers while earning 3 to 6 credits in courses taught by top Cornell faculty. Students will also make friends from more than 56 countries around the world, and prep for college applications with a college fair and one-on-one admissions counseling. Choose from one of 42 programs, or design your own. To learn more, go to www.summercollege.cornell.edu
Duke University (NC) offers three different summer programs for high school students:
These programs are intended for students who wish to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or are interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject. Participants will spend their summer preparing for college, creating an international network of peers, and enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus. To learn more or apply, go to https://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students.
Duquesne University's School of Pharmacy is hosting Pharmacy Exploration Day, a one-day summer camp for high school students entering grades 9-12. Interested students may sign up for one day during the week of June 24-28, 2019. Camp participants will learn about the different career options for pharmacists and explore the field of pharmacy alongside University faculty and students. Students will experience a day-in-the-life of a pharmacist and participate in the following hands-on activities:
Gettysburg College (PA) is excited to offer several opportunities for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, creative writing, 3D Printing, coding, and civil war history. Application deadlines vary by program.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering three volleyball skills clinics this summer: a Girls’ Overnight Individual Skills Camp (July 14-17); a Setter/Middle Hitter Girls Camp (July 18); and a Team Camp (July 19-21). All camps are open to students in grades 9-12. To learn more or register, go to www.iup.edu/camps
The Summer Pre-College Programs at Johns Hopkins University (MD) will give students a head start on college at one of America’s most prestigious universities. Students may choose from the Summer Term (5 weeks), Summer Immersion (1 week), Mini-Term (2 weeks) or Discover Hopkins (2 weeks) programs. Classes are taught by a world-class faculty, and students will earn full academic credit with every class. Tuition rates and deadlines vary by program. To learn more, go to http://summerprograms.jhu.edu.
The Summer Filmmaking Institute (June 25-29, 2018) at Kutztown University (PA) offers students of all ages an introduction to the theories and techniques of digital movie making. Working with state-of-the-art technology, students will design, shoot and edit films of their own creation. Projects focus on equipment and videographic techniques. Each student will produce his or her own film and also contribute to a larger scale production. The days will include lectures, equipment training, production, editing, and screenings. Students will also discuss the possibilities of a life making movies and a possible career in video and/or broadcast. At the end of the program, the final films are celebrated in a festival screening open to invited guests. The filmmakers will be introduced and will participate in a Q & A session with the audience. The cost of the program is $850, which includes five days of instruction, all meals, and a camp T-shirt. A $100 deposit must be submitted at the time of application. The camp fee may be paid in increments as long as it is paid in full upon camp check-in. Space is limited to 30 students, so program sports will fill quickly. Click here for more information or to register.
Marietta College (OH) invites young women entering their junior or senior year of high school to participate in the first annual Women's Inspriational Summer Experience (WISE), July 9-12, 2019. WISE is a residential summer camp for goal-oriented young women who are curious about the world around them. Participants will experience college life at a small, supportive campus, staying in air-conditioned residence hall rooms and working closely with faculty, staff, and current college student mentors to explore majors, career choices, resources, and opportunites. WISE activities will are hands-on and discussion-based and include art, community service, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. Participants will do fun projects while getting to know each other and the campus, and will leave camp with increased confidence, stronger communication skills, new friends and mentors, and knowledge about college life. The cost for this four-day residential experience, including all meals, lodging and activities is only $100 per participant, and several full scholarships are available that will cover all costs. To learn more or register, please visit https://www.marietta.edu/wise-mc.
NYU’s Precollege Summer Program for High School Students will give participants a taste of college life while they take courses in New York City. Rising juniors and seniors may apply. For six exciting weeks, high schoolers can take college-level courses for credit, develop their essay-writing skills, and learn how to manage their time in college, all while experiencing what it’s like to be an NYU student. The Summer 2019 NYU Precollege program runs from July 7 – August 16. For more details and the most up-to-date information, please click here.
Registration is now open for the summer 2019 Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College, June 23-28. Saint Vincent College has been hosting the Challenge Program since 1982. Operated by the SVC Education Department, the Challenge Program is a residential summer event for students who will be entering grades 5 through 12 in the fall of 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to choose two “immersion experiences” to participate in throughout the week…a three-hour morning and a three-hour afternoon experience that culminates with a final project, event, or challenge! Some immersions will be on campus and some may be offered in the local area off campus. Evenings will be full of planned fun and entertainment, and campers will stay overnight at Saint Vincent. The cost of the program is $650, which includes residence on campus for length of program, three meals per day, day and evening activities, refreshments, instructional fees, and a Challenge souvenir. The education department offers a limited number of tuition grants for students unable to afford the program. There is also a $25.00 discount for returning students, families or relatives with members attending, employed, alumni, supporter, or by recommendation to attend given by a SVC employee or current student. For more information or to register, go to https://www.stvincentchallenge.org/.
With participation from across the U.S. and around the world, Stanford University’s Pre-Collegiate Studies program attracts bright, intellectually adventurous, and passionate students who are excited to come together on the Stanford campus and explore unique courses, build lasting friendships, and gain new insights into themselves. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers amazing academic enrichment opportunities through more than a dozen programs, including Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes (choice of subject); Summer Humanities Institute; Summer Arts Institute; Mathematics Camp; Medical Youth Science Program; AI4ALL (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for Women); Humanities Circle; Science Circle; Math Circle; Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics; and Discovering Medicine. For more information or to apply, click here.
Since 1984 Summerfuel has worked to inspire teens by elevating their cultural engagement, academic enrichment, social approach, sense of responsibility, independence and personal growth. Summerfuel is dedicated to offering the best summer enrichment programs in the U.S. and abroad and to providing the highest value, quality and service. Academic excellence, expert faculty and staff, careful supervision and an exciting recreational and excursion program are the hallmarks of every Summerfuel program. High school students may participate in any of the following programs, which are held at prestigious and exciting U.S. and international locations: Pre-College Campus Experience; Business and Entrepreneurship; Art, Design & Technology; Cultural Exploration; and College Admissions Edge. For more information or to apply, click here. Tuition rates and application deadlines vary by program.
Susquehanna University (PA) is offering thirteen unique pre-college, residential programs for high school students this summer: Actors Institute (July 21-27); Choral Institute (July 7-13); Exploring Legal Careers (June 23-29); #GoMedia (July 7-13); i-Engineer: Calling All Future Engineers (July 21-27); Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (June 23-29 or July 7-13); Publishing & Editing Institute (June 23-29); Stream Ecology Institute (July 7-13); Strings & Keyboard Institute (July 7-13); Sustainability 101: Building a Resilient World (July 21-27); Wall Street Susquehanna (June 23-29 or July 7-13); Wind Ensemble Institute (June 23-29); and Writers Workshop (July 21-27). Click here for more information or to register. Tuition, scholarship availability and deadlines vary by program.
The University of Dayton (OH) is offering the following summer programs for high school students. Eligibility requirements, tuition costs and deadlines vary by program: