Wilson Counselors offer yearly advising regarding course selection, college application process and graduation requirements. The Wilson College and Career Center (rooms 220 and 221) offers services that complement the work of the Counseling Department in preparing students to achieve their post-high school goals. Other college preparation activities include:
|Letter of Recommendation Packet|
|Financial Aid and Scholarships|
|Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)|
|Oregon University College System Requirements|
|Wilson College and Career Center|
|College Application Tips and Info|
Naviance is a planning and advising tool for students in the areas of college and career guidance. Students can research colleges, careers, and receive information regarding WHS college visits, scholarships and much more through Naviance. Parents who would like access to this useful tool should contact the counseling office. . . . Learn more about Naviance
Current students: Order transcripts through Naviance; log in and click on the Colleges tab. The fee for official transcripts is $1, which will be added to your student account and can be paid at Senior Checkout. Unofficial transcripts are free.
Alumni: Contact counseling department Sharon Dailey to order transcripts.
Many college applications require letters of recommendation from one or more teachers and from the student's counselor. The forms below will help teachers and counselors write an accurate and complete recommendation letter. Print out the forms, have them completed by the appropriate people, and turn them in to your counselor at least four weeks before your first college application deadline.
The Parent Questionnaire and the Senior Questionnaire, also part of the Letter of Recommendation Packet, are online in Naviance (click on the About Me tab and look for the questionnaires on the left-hand side of the page).
Grab your lunch and meet in the College Center (room 220) ten minutes after the bell for a short presentation addressing all your questions. Watch your email and the Daily Bulletin for dates in the Fall.
Visit the College Center for assistance with financial aid and scholarship opportunities, watch the Daily Bulletin for scholarship announcements, log in and search Naviance (under the Colleges tab), attend College Info Night in October and Financial Aid Night in December. See Timeline for each grade for more details and deadlines on financial planning for college.
. . . Learn more about applying for financial aid and scholarships.
What is WUE? WUE (pronounced “woo-wee”) is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Oregon may enroll in more than 150 two-year and four-year college institutions at a reduced tuition level (up to 150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition). The WUE reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early! Go to the WUE website to see a list of participating schools.
OUS schools: Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Eastern Oregon University , Southern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology. Learn more about each school and their entrance requirements at their respective websites.
In addition to high school graduation requirements, the OUS Schools have the following requirements:
Satisfactory GPA. Minimum GPA required for admission is not the same for each campus, but generally ranges from 2.75 to 3.00. If your GPA does not meet the campus requirement, you should still apply because you may be considered through a more comprehensive review.
Completion of the SAT or ACT.
Grade of C- or better in required coursework. Required courses are: 4 years of language arts, 3 years of math (Algebra 1 and higher), 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, 2 years of the same world language.
If you do not meet these general requirements, talk to your counselor or the college admissions officer at the campus you’re interested in to understand your options. All Oregon public universities conduct more comprehensive reviews of students to assess strengths for those who do not meet the minimum requirements.
Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College have multiple campuses in the Portland area that offer two-year Associate's Degree programs and preparation for transfer to a four-year college, as well as vocational programs that prepare students for the workforce. How to enroll and information about paying for community college: PCC | MHCC.
Go to the college page of youvisit.com to see if virtual tours of colleges you are interested are available there. Not all colleges are listed there, but it's a fun and easy way to get a sense of a campus.
NCAA Eligibility Center: Create an account at the NCAA website to plan and learn more about college-level competitive sports.
Wilson College Center Essay Editing Service
College essay editing available to Wilson seniors during the college application season. Gain access to services by either attending one of our College Essay Writing Workshops in the fall or by visiting the College Center and speaking to a volunteer. Highly trained volunteers will work with our students on an appointment or email basis.
Seniors, start your college application process here: Wilson High School Senior College Handbook, everything you need to know about applying to college in one place!
Follow this schedule and you should be able to meet any November 30 or later deadline
Click here for a printable version of the "No Grief" Application Process
Fall Senior Year
Two weeks before application deadline
One week before application deadline
After submitting your applications, continue to
Two weeks after application deadline
Two weeks after end of grading period
Acceptance Notification from Colleges
Your Final Decision
Final Report, Final Transcript
Always be vigilant about the status of your applications. Check regularly and fix any problems with submission of materials from Wilson. Typically the process runs smoothly, but there is an occasional snag.
***If you apply to additional colleges after meeting w/your counselor, you MUST notify your counselor so recommendations and transcripts will be sent.
It is recommended that students sign the FERPA waiver. If you believe you have special circumstances please see your counselor for advice.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students the right to access all of their education records, including letters of recommendation. However, it is customary to waive the right to see your letters of recommendation so that colleges know that those letters provide an honest portrayal of you. Keep in mind that FERPA only gives you the right to access your records AFTER you have been admitted and enrolled in college; it does not give you the right to inspect recommendations before they are sent to colleges.
From The Common Application: “Why should you consider waiving your right of access? Waiving your right lets colleges know that you will never try to read your recommendations. That in turn reassures colleges that your recommenders have provided support that is candid and truthful. While you are free to respond as you wish, if you choose not to waive your right, some recommenders may decline your request, and some colleges may disregard letters submitted on your behalf. ”