College and Career Resource Center
Our philosophy is to help guide our students in their journey to find the right fit. In guiding our students to find the right fit we value helping our students to find their voice.
Beginning in December of a student's junior year, students and parents may schedule appointments with one of our college counselors. Mr. Klasen and Ms. Lesch are also available for either first time meetings with Seniors or follow up meetings with students and parents for a more in depth discussion about your list of schools and finding the right fit school for your student.
Dear Rising Seniors and Parents:
As you embark on your senior year and the college process, we wanted to share a few things that will help you stay organized and feel prepared as we head into the next school year.
Senior Assembly and Individual Counselor Meetings: - (assembly canceled/combined with parent night due to construction in the auditorium)
All seniors will attend the Senior Assembly on Wednesday August 25 Block 2 followed by an individual appointment with their counselor starting August 26. Students will be given information to help with their post-high school planning. Some of the topics to be discussed include: college application procedures, procedures to request transcripts and letters of recommendation, and scholarships and financial aid. Students will have the opportunity to review their transcripts for errors before transcripts are sent to colleges. For this reason, we will not accept transcript requests until after August 26. Please know that students will not be disadvantaged in the admission process by waiting until early September to send transcripts to colleges. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has a policy that states that colleges must give equal consideration to all applications received by October 15.
Standardized Testing: ACT and SAT:
Many colleges have continued to be test-optional for the Class of 2022. All colleges promise to exercise good judgment as a matter of equity around using ACT/SAT scores during the upcoming admission cycle. Please feel free to consult the following links for the most current information regarding testing. In addition, it is important to remember that there is still plenty of time to take fall standardized tests and meet the earliest admissions deadlines at any college or university.
Summer To Do List:
Summer is a great time to write your college essays or a draft of your college essay! To find out whether your colleges require essays, check the websites of the colleges where you will be applying. For Common Application schools, find essay prompts on Commonapp.org. We will have college essay writing tutors ready to read and help with your essays in the TLC starting in September.
Teacher and Counselor Letters of Recommendation:
Some, but not all, colleges require one or more teacher and/or counselor recommendation letters, please check your colleges websites to confirm whether you need a letter. Think of two of your academic teachers from junior year who you would like to ask to write on your behalf and simply email or talk to your teachers to ask them. DO NOT request these letters through the Common App, we will review this process at the Senior Assembly and in your counselor meetings. See the attached document with requirements for the 25 most popular schools for GBS students.
Counselors require that you complete the Counselor Letter of Rec Questionnaire and the Parent Brag Sheet found in your counselor’s google classroom or on the “About Me” tab in Naviance before asking for a counselor letter of recommendation. Complete this in the summer to save time in the fall!
With college campuses being closed, we know it has been difficult to learn a lot about different schools. We recommend registering for virtual info sessions on college websites, doing virtual tours, and perhaps reaching out to our GBS college ambassadors, which are former GBS students who have volunteered to answer questions you might have about their school. You can find their contact information on Naviance > (scroll to bottom) Document Resources > GBS College Ambassadors.
College Application Organizer:
Use the attached Application Management Chart to track all that will be required by the colleges where you plan to apply. You can find a college's application requirements on the Admissions section of their website. Most colleges’ online applications will become available over the summer.
College Counselor Appointments:
John Klasen and Annie Lesch will continue to be available for meetings with seniors and parents throughout the fall no matter where you are in the process. These appointments will be available for booking after the Senior Assembly on August 25. Please book appointments through the GBS website under the College and Career Center or in Naviance.
Mark Your Calendars:
- College Admissions Representative Visits to Glenbrook South: August-November
- Senior Assembly: Wednesday August 25, Block 2
- Common Application Workshop: Friday September 3, 8:00-9:15 am
- Senior College Night for Parents and Students: Wednesday August 25, Zoom
- Senior College Finance Night: Wednesday September 29, Zoom
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens: October 1
- FAFSA Completion Night: TBD
- FAFSA Friday workshops: Individual Appointments October-November, sign-up online
- Priority Deadline and Early Decision/Action Deadline for many schools: November 1
- Senior Parent Coffee: TBD
- Senior Seminar: TBD
John Klasen Annie Lesch
Director of College Counseling College Counselor
Senior Parent Coffee
The Senior Parent Coffee was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 8:00am in the Watson Auditorium. Famed attorney and author, C.L. Lindsay, provided humorous and practical advice to keep new college student on the right side of the law. In addition, John Klasen, Director of College Counseling, discussed the transition to life after high school, including the emotional impact this can have on your family.
|Senior College Night||August 25, 2021 at 7 p.m.||Zoom|
|Counselor Meetings with Seniors||Throughout the fall by appointment||Counselor's Office|
|College Planning Meetings with Mr. Klasen or Ms. Lesch||
August 26-June 2022
|College and Career Center/ Zoom|
|Senior Common App Workshop||September 3, 2021 at 8 a.m.||Zoom|
|Senior College Finance Night||September 29, 2021 at 7 a.m.||Zoom|
|FAFSA Assistance Days||Select Thursdays in October from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.||TBD|
|FAFSA Completion Night||October 5, 2021 from 5 - 8 p.m.||GBS Library|
|Oakton Application Workshop||February 16, 2022 during lunch blocks||College and Career Center|
|Oakton Placement Testing||TBD at 8 a.m.||GBS Library|
|Senior Seminar||April 27, 2022 during block 2||Auditorium|
|Senior Parent Coffee||April 27, 2022 at 8 a.m.||Auditorium|
|Senior Exit Survey||Beginning May 2, 2022 by appointment||Counselor's Office|
|Navigating the College Admissions Process for Parents and Seniors||August 25, 2021||Presentation|
|Senior Common App Webinar||September 1, 2020||Presentation|
|Financial Aid Webinar||September 29, 2021||Presentation|
|Senior Parent Zoom||April 28, 2021||Presentation|
|Senior Seminar||April 28, 2021||Presentation|
|Junior Testing and Naviance Groups||September 8 and 9, 2021 during SRT||Lyceum|
|Junior Parent Night||December 8, 2021 at 7 p.m.||Auditorium|
|College Planning Meetings with Mr. Klasen and Mrs. Lesch||December 9-May 27, 2022 by appointment||College and Career Center|
|Junior College Exploration||January 19 and 20, 2022 during SRT||Lyceum|
|College Colloquium||February 26, 2021 at 10 a.m.||Virtual > Additional Information|
|April 7, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.||Glenbrook North|
|College Essay Workshop||TBD||TBD|
|Junior Parent College Night||December 8, 2021|
|Junior Parent College Night||December 2, 2020||Junior Parent College Night Presentation|
|Testing & Test Optional Movement||March 15, 2021||Test & Test Optional Movement Recording|
|Compass Test Prep||April 11, 2022 at 7 p.m.||Auditorium|
- College Visits
- Community College
- College Application Procedures
- Senior College Counseling Appointments
Fall College Visits
- During the fall semester, over 150 colleges and universities visit Glenbrook South High School. These college visits provide a great opportunity for you to learn more about a particular college within our own building. It is an opportunity for you to learn about a college that you may not have visited, or to ask questions of the admission representative from a college you have already visited. Seniors and Juniors are invited to attend.
- A comprehensive list of fall college visits is available on Naviance. Students are encouraged to check this site regularly for additions and updates. College visits will also be posted outside the College Resource Center, read during daily announcements and sent home through School Messenger.
College Visit Procedures
- Visits are scheduled during the first half of each block. Allow approximately 45 minutes per visit. Students must return to their scheduled class at the conclusion of the visit.
- Please register for a college visit in Naviance when possible.
- In order to be excused from a class, it is expected that you obtain a gold pass from the College and Career Center (at least one day in advance of the meeting) and obtain a signature from the teacher of the class you’ll be missing. Please bring that pass to the college visit where a college host will sign off that you attended the visit.
- A GBS parent volunteer and the college representative will greet you at the visit. You must sign the attendance sheet when you arrive at the college visit. The Attendance Office will receive a copy of this sheet to verify your presence.
- Please be respectful at the college visit. Students who are not courteous and respectful, will not be allowed to attend future visits.
The following guidelines will help assure that Seniors complete all steps in the college application process.
- Make yourself aware of your college application deadlines and submit early--especially when applying to state universities.
- Every senior will have an individual zoom appointment with their counselor this fall to check in on where they are in the process, and to review the college application process. Your counselor will contact you to schedule these appointments.
- Transcript Request Forms will be available in your counselor’s Google Classroom within the first few weeks of school.
- Go to each college's Admission page to find the online application and/or go to the Common Application website.
- Complete each application online and be sure to proofread it before submitting.
- Test scores do not appear on transcripts. If you did not already do so, you should send your ACT scores and SAT scores to your colleges. Scores must be received by each college's deadline in order for your file to be complete.
- Only ask for a letter of recommendation from your Counselor or Teacher if your school requires or suggests it, or if you need to explain an unusual circumstance.
- If requesting a Counselor Recommendation, complete the Recommendation Survey in Naviance and allow 15 school days for completion.
- If you need a Teacher Recommendation, make an appointment with your Teacher and also allow at least 15 school days for completion.
- If your college requires a Midyear Transcript, Midyear Request Forms will be available in your counselor’s Google Classroom after winter break.
Email your Counselor, Mr. Klasen, Mrs. Lesch or Mrs. Swanson in the College & Career Center if you have any questions or need assistance with this process. We’re glad to help!
College Application Deadlines
College counselors are available for either first time meetings with Seniors or follow up meetings with students and parents for a more in depth discussion about your list of schools and finding the right fit school for your student. If you are interested in booking a Senior appointment, you can use this link College Counseling - Online scheduling or find the link in Naviance. Appointments will be in person unless otherwise requested.
Juniors will be able to meet with College Counselors late fall.
- 2021/2022 College Information Profile by School
- Application Management Chart
- College Application Deadlines
- College Resources
- College Snapshot
- College Conference Form
- Common App Requirement Grid
- Common App Matching Video
- Common App Tipsheet
- Economic and Employment Projections
- SAT/ACT Concordance Table
- Transition Counseling - Make an appointment with Julie Smith
- Student Conference Worksheet - Please fill out prior to your 1st appointment with a college counselor
- Transcript Request Form - Your application is your responsibility. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Please allow 15 school days for your request to be processed. You MUST meet with your counselor for a counselor letter of recommendation to be written. YOU will need to notify your teacher for a letter of recommendation through NAVIANCE.
- Mid-Year Transcript Request Form - If the schools you’ve applied to require 7th semester grades/Mid-year transcript, please fill out the Mid-Year Transcript Request Form. Please note that requesting a mid-year transcript for a Common App School will send to all Common App Schools in your list.
Research career options using Naviance.
Sign in or enter as a guest to research career options through Naviance.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Standard career reference tool which uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to provide career profiles organized in the following categories: Nature of the Work; Working Conditions; Employment; Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement; Job Outlook; Earnings; Related Occupations; and Sources of Additional Information.
Economic and Employment Projections
Check out these links for employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
This is a good resource to explore careers in which you may have an interest.
All Glenbrook South students are encouraged to research College information through Naviance. You can search for particular schools, areas of interest, etc. And refer to the college scattergrams for acceptance information. It's a great place to start gathering information.
Summer College Programs
See Naviance for the complete list of Summer Programs available to high school students.
College Visits at GBS
Use Naviance to see the list of colleges that will be visiting Glenbrook South. You may sign into your Family Connections account or enter Naviance as a guest. Go to the College tab and look on the right side for Upcoming College Visit information. Be sure to check back on a regular basis because colleges will be scheduling visits throughout the Fall.
ACT - GBS Code: 142078
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline (Late Fee Applies)|
September 11, 2021
GBS Nat'l Testing Site
|August 6, 2021||August 20,2021|
|October 23, 2021||September 17, 2021||October 1, 2021|
|December 11, 2021||November 5, 2021||November 19, 2021|
|February 12, 2022||January 7, 2022||January 21, 2022|
|April 2, 2022||February 25, 2022||March 11, 2022|
June 11, 2022
GBS Nat'l Testing Site
|May 6, 2022||May 20, 2022|
July 16, 2022
No Special Testing at GBS
|June 17, 2022||June 24, 2022|
SAT - GBS Code: 142078
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration (Lee Fee Required)|
|August 28, 2021||July 20, 2021||August 17, 2021|
|October 2, 2021||September 3, 2021||September 21, 2021|
|November 6, 2021||October 8, 2021||October 26, 2021|
|December 4, 2021||November 4, 2021||November 23, 2021|
March 12, 2022
GBS Nat'l Testing Site
|February 11, 2022||March 1, 2022|
April 13, 2022
GBS School Day Testing
|STATE MANDATED SAT TESTING FOR ALL JUNIORS - NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED|
|May 7, 2022||April 8, 2022||April 26, 2022|
June 4, 2022
GBS Nat'l Testing Site
|May 5, 2022||May 25, 2022|
Administered at GBS
October 13, 2021
Register online through eFunds through 10/1/2021
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test - Juniors
8th Grade placement test - TBD
STATE MANDATED TESTING FOR ALL SOPHOMORES NO REGISTRATION NEEDED
April 13, 2022
GBS School Day Testing
STATE MANDATED TESTING FOR ALL FRESHMEN NO REGISTRATION NEEDED
|AP: Advanced Placement Exams (All AP Students)||
May 2- May 13, 2022
Registration to take place Fall 2021