COVID-19 College Admission Updates (June 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.


How WHS final grades are being calculated for the 2020-2021 school year



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!



Standardized Testing

College Board Website: SAT Related Coronavirus Updates

ACT Covid-19 Updates

Virtual College Visits and Tours
Common Application
Recent Articles



Helpful Links:


Applying to College


Standardized Testing


Financial Aid & Paying for College

  • FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, on the Federal Student Aid website.
  • 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.


Free Scholarship Searches


Scholarships/Scholarship Applications





Helpful Forms & Resources:

College Planning Night Presentation (January, 2020)

SAT & ACT Summit Presentation (January, 2018)

Financial Aid Night MEFA Presentation (October, 2019)

College Planning Timeline Junior Year

College Application Checklist

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

Parent Information Form


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.


Junior Seminars


The junior year guidance curriculum is devoted to post-secondary planning. The Junior Seminars take place January through March. Students utilize Naviance, an online database instrumental in researching colleges. Additional seminar topics include standardized testing, college essay writing, financial aid and scholarships. Juniors meet individually with their counselors throughout the spring to develop a well-balanced list of colleges.


  • Topic: Introduction to College Search Process
  • Pre-Test (inactive)



  • Topic: Naviance & Common Application



  • Topic: Paying for College, Scholarships, Financial Aid
  • Post-Test (inactive)




PSAT Registration Form (inactive)

We encourage all juniors to take the PSAT in October, which prepares students for the SAT. To register, please fill this form out and bring it to the Guidance Office. 



Internship, 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.


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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