The senior year guidance curriculum is devoted to completing post-secondary planning, and for most students that means applying to college. Seniors attend the Senior Seminar in September to review important steps in the college application process. During the fall seniors meet with counselors to review their post-secondary plans and ensure that they are on track to complete requirements and meet deadlines. Counselors work individually with students who are pursuing a gap year, post-graduate year, military, or employment after graduation.


Senior Seminars:




Guidance Instagram Account



COVID-19 College Admission Updates (October 2020)


With the college admission landscape continuing to move, right underneath our feet, we have created this section to provide you with the most up to date information. Please check back frequently.


Standardized Testing

College Board Website: SAT Related Coronavirus Updates

ACT Covid-19 Updates

Virtual College Visits and Tours
Common Application


Financial Aid Night - virtual, offered multiple times 9/29 to 11/5/2020; register at


Recent Articles & Resources

The Current State of College Admissions Testing - Presentation by Adam Ingersoll, Compass Ed. 8/5/2020
"Optional" is Not a Trick Word, Blog from Lee Coffin, Dean of Admission, Dartmouth College, 6/3/2020



Helpful Links:


Applying to College


Financial Aid & Paying for College

  • FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on the Federal Student Aid website.
  • CSS Financial Aid PROFILE, Financial Aid form required by some private colleges. List of colleges that require the CSS PROFILE.
  • EFC Calculator, Estimated Family Contribution, or EFC, determines what a family is expected to contribute to their child's college costs.
  • MEFA, Massachusetts Educational Finance Authority's website offers valuable tools and resources to plan for paying for college.
  • FAFSA Day - opportunity to meet with financial aid professionals to assist with completing FAFSA


Free Scholarship Searches


Scholarships/Scholarship Applications





Helpful Forms & Resources:

College Application Checklist

Common Application: Completing Step by Step

Colleges Requiring Subject Tests

Colleges with Comprehensive Academic Support Programs

Colleges with ASD Support Programs

College Admissions Selector (Abridged Barron's Guide List of Colleges)

Junior Senior Planning Guide


College Spotlight

College Spotlight: 2019-2020 School Year

WHS guidance counselors receive invitations for campus visitation programs, which is a great way to learn more about the college, network with admission representatives and advocate on behalf of our students. We will feature these "hidden gems" on our Guidance Instagram Account.


Previous Events

Guidance-Parent Talk - via Zoom, 9/18/2020, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.


College Admission Panel w/ Boston College, University of Massachuestts, North Carolina State, June 3rd

Live Stream Rebroadcast for those unable to attend; refer to text and timestamps for particular topic


College Essay Writing Workshop, May 19th

Thanks to Mr. Jake Sisco of Wellesley College for presenting, and thanks to the 78 juniors who attended!


April Senior Seminar


Internship, Apprenticeship, Community Service & Gap Year Opportunities:

Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to explore potential career interests. WHS partners with The Education Collaborative, TEC, to offer internships during the school year and the summer.


Apprenticeship training in Massachusetts


Community service and volunteer opportunities are available in Westwood and the Greater Boston Area.


A Gap Year offers students one year between high school and college to explore internships, volunteer opportunities or travel.

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