College Planning Tools

  • There are many websites to help you when planning for college! Here are some sites that might be useful--once again remembering that this is not an all-inclusive list!

    • The Bank of North Dakota has compiled a one-stop-shop for many of your college application needs! Visit the Career Compass HERE for the following links and information:
      • 2020 Virtual College Fair
      • College Application Month
      • Career Discovery
      • College Handbook
      • BND Video Library
    • Planning on attending a North Dakota University? There is specific financial help for YOU! Visit the North Dakota University System website HERE to learn about opportunities for North Dakota high school students planning to attend school in your home state!
    • Post-Secondary Planning help with ND Youth Forward!
      • Have you chosen a college? Is a two year college a good fit or is a university the right place to start? How are you paying for college? Are there scholarships available? What do you want to be? Do these questions sound familiar? ND Youth Forward is here to help. Our website has tons of valuable information to help you answer these questions. 
      • Visit http://ndyouthforward.com/
    • Campus Reel - an online video platform designed to help students explore college options. There are 12,000+ authentic, unscripted videos created by current students at hundres of colleges/universities around the country!
    • College Application Resume with Examles, Tips, and Templates
    • AffordableColleges.com
    • My College Options
    • College Navigator
    • College Results Online
    • Cappex
    • Student Health Guide: College Students
    • College Planning Timelines for grades 9-12  

    Happy Searching!

Senior Conferences

  • Each fall, Davies counselors will meet with seniors and parent(s)/guardians to discuss post-secondary plans. In addition, we count and discuss credits, ACT score reports, and sign the official graduation application.

    Senior conferences are usually scheduled alphabetically with each counselor. If your name falls toward the end of your counselor's alphabet group, and you have questions at the beginning of the year regarding college applications, transcripts, ACT, etc., students can schedule an appointment with their counselor whenever they are available. 

    There are also several links below to guide you in your next steps beyond high school! Also - don't forget to visit the Scholarships/Financial Aid page. You can subscribe to the scholarships page so you receive an e-mail every time it is updated.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

    • Request from teachers, counselors, employers, family friends, church leaders, youth leaders or other important adults in your life, who know you and the qualities that make you eligible for a college or scholarship.
    • Some applications will request a recommendation from a specific person.
    • Request recommendations at least two weeks in advance. You are encouraged to provide the writer a recommendation worksheet found HERE.
    • Be sure to write a thank you note to the person writing your recommendation. 

College Entrance Exams

  • SAT vs. ACT

    Which test is right for you? Both college entrance exams are accepted at all four-year colleges and universities across the country. All students at Davies take the ACT when we have our state-mandated test. However, many students may choose to retake the ACT, or even take the SAT, depending on their post-secondary education plans. See the chart online at Study Point to answer any questions you may have regarding which might be the right test for you.

     With all the uncertaintly during this time, please visit the ACT and SAT websites for test dates and additional information.

    ACT: www.actstudent.org. 

    SAT: www.collegeboard.com/mysat

College and Career Planning at RUReady.ND.gov!

    • Choices Planner has activities for vocational exploration
    • Your account name is nd.lastname.firstname.mmddyyyy (ex: nd.doe.john.11221999)
    • Your password is your lunch ID number
    • Other tools inlcude Guideways, Career Finder, Resume Builder, Job Interview Practice, Cover Letter Creator, and Thank-you Letter Builder
    • ALSO--FREE ACT TEST PREP with TestGear! You can take a "brain scan" to assess areas where you need the most work, and you can take timed or untimed practice tests! 

Transcript Request Information

    • All official transcripts are now sent electronically through eTranscripts. 
    • You can also view and print transcripts for your own use through eTranscripts. 

    Please click on the "Transcript Request" link on the left to get started!

Reciprocity Information

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) 

    Through WUE, students in most western states may enroll in may 2-year and 4-year public college programs at a reduced tuitions level. Go to www.wiche.edu/sep/wue for additional information.


    Midwest Student Exchange Program

    The purpose of this program is to increase interstate education opportunities for students in its member states. For more information, visit www.mhec.org.


    North Dakota/Minnesota Reciprocity

    Residents of North Dakota may quialify for reduced rates at public Minnesota colleges or universities by complying with procedures of the reciprocal agreement. Apply at www.mheso.state.mn.us/hesod/NDReciprocity/apply1.cfm.