Welcome to GRACE College Counseling!
GRACE College Counseling works with students in every high school grade to prepare them for the college application process. GRACE Christian School is an institutional member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and supports its membership policies and ethical principles. Please let us know how we can assist you throughout your high school and college process.
GRACE Documents for the College Application Process
- College Application Process: Follow this process EVERY time you submit an application to a college.
- Transcript Release Forms should be completed by seniors upon completion of each college application. The requests are automatically submitted to Mrs. Willa Bea Coates in the Upper Campus office so that your transcript and recommendation letters can be sent to the colleges to which you have applied.
- Teacher Recommendation Request: Juniors can begin requesting college recommendation letters from GRACE teachers beginning April of their junior year. Students should select two teachers to write recommendations on their behalf. The student should ask the teacher in person if they would be willing to write a letter for them. If the teacher confirms that they are able to write a recommendation for the student, the student should complete the information in the request for that class/teacher as well as submit a request for the recommendation via their Scoir account.
- GRACE Christian School Profile accompanies every GRACE transcript. It allows college admissions personnel to understand the academic resources available at GRACE and how effectively students take advantage of those resources.
The Common Application
- Common App Essay Prompts
- Create a Free Common App Account
- Colleges that use the Common App
- Common App Writing Requirements by College
College Planning / College Search
- College Planning Guide: This document is provided as a guide to assist you with grade by grade planning for college. In addition to the above guide, also review the college admission guide from NACAC.
- Parent Webinars: This link contains various videos from the College Board on the college process.
- College Selection Process Infographic: This document gives you a timeline of key milestones from freshman to senior year.
- College Terms – This document contains a list of the most popular college terms that you need to be familiar with during the college application process.
- College Search Resource: This document contains a list of websites that will assist you with your college search.
- Cappex college search: “Compare colleges, find tuition and admission information and discover your admission chances from more than 3,000 schools. School profiles include statistics and majors.
Standardized Testing Resources
- Which Test to Take: This article helps demystify the differences between the ACT and the SAT and provides helpful tips to determine which test is better suited for your academic ability.
- SAT/ACT Concordance Table: The concordance table allows students to compare their scores between the SAT and ACT test. This table was last updated in 2018.
- 2019-2020 ACT and SAT Dates: Please refer to the CollegeBoard (PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams) and ACT websites to confirm all dates.
- ACT Test Prep Guide
- SAT Test Prep Guide
- Test Prep Tutors List: There are many options available to students who are interested in supplemental standardized test preparation. Students should ask for references, and make the best choice for their unique needs. Note: a program/vendor named on this list does not imply endorsement by GRACE Christian School.
- Standardized-Testing-FAQs: This document is provided in hopes of taking some of the mystery and confusion out of college entrance exam requirements.
Information for Student-Athletes
- College Planning Guide for Student-Athletes: Are you thinking about playing sports in college? Make sure you are academically ready. Start planning your 9th-grade year.
- NCAA Resources:
- Student-Athletes and the College Admission Process (PowerPoint Presentation)
Information for International Students
- Information For International Students: This document contains brief information for international students who plan to attend college in the US.
- International Student College Search Resource: This website contains information on student visas as well as a link to assist international students with finding colleges in the US.
Other College/Career Planning Resources
- FAFSA4caster: Get an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in advance of filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Note, even if you don’t think you qualify for aid, many institutional scholarships (those offered by the colleges for admitted students) require the submission of the FAFSA to be eligible.
- College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC): College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.
- Community College Transfer Options: Do you want to attend a four-year university, but not sure if you are ready to jump right in after graduating from GRACE? Check out the community college transfer programs in order to see if you qualify or if this is something you would be interested in pursuing.
- US News & World Report – Planning for College: Guide to assist you on your college visits and to help you stay organized as you apply to colleges.
- NC Careers: You will find valuable resources that can assist you in exploring careers, including detailed information on occupational ratings, job duties, education/ training, wages, employment outlook, and more.