College Preparedness
  • The college application process can be daunting and intimidating.  Students are provided a counseling handbook which walks them through the college application process; identified below are additional resources and information that are helpful in learning and successfully navigating this process.
    Information about SAT and ACT dates can be found here.
    College Handbook 

    The college admission process, because it involved planning for the future, is both exciting and daunting. The goal of Shortridge High School is to help students and their parents navigate this process effectively. Students should feel good about the outcome and learn from the process. Shortridge High School has created a College Handbook to help you make the most of this experience and know your responsibilities. Take ownership of this process and know that the Shortridge College Counseling staff is here to support and guide you along the way.  

    Preparedness Checklists 

    The checklists below highlight the required steps all Shortridge High School scholars should be following.  The checklists are divided by grade level to ensure scholars are progressing towards college admission and success.
     College Application Process

    There are a number of resources available to students.  Listed below are specific websites that can support students in preparing for the SAT and/or ACT as well as with the college application and admission process.
    College Entrance Examinations
    The SAT Test and the ACT Test are standardized tests that most colleges require applicants to submit for admission.  A select number of schools also require SAT Subject Tests.  The scores from these tests are the only common item shared by all students nationally. Although test scores are not the deciding factor in admissions decisions, they are an aspect used by admission committees to differentiate applicants.  More details can be found by accessing the links below.
    College Credit

    Shortridge High School's active and engaged educational environment is the perfect fit for International Baccalaureate (IB) students.  Those who earn the IB Diploma may be eligible to enter university with sophomore status.  The IB is recognized by universities across the globe for its focus on personal, professional and academic development and holistic and rigorous education it provides.
    Higher education institutions around the world admit students based on their IB credentials, and many have specific admissions policies and guidelines for IB students.  For information on universities that recognize the IB, and details on their recognition policies, please download the following spreadsheet.  (The chart has over 2,000 schools listed across the world; please use the search function to locate a specific school of interest.)