College Readiness and Questions

The college process is so confusing and can be frustrating, maddening and overwhelming.  We hope the following will help with any questions you may have and if you have further questions, please contact your counselor!   

       Counselor            Alphabet                  Email          Phone 
  Mrs. Miller              A  - C   425.408.7420  
  Mrs. Lamb               D - H 425.408.7421
  Mr. Churchill                I - Mi 425.408.7423
  Mr. Hirsch            Mo - Sh 425.408.7422
  Mrs. Brenner             Si  - Z 425.408.7506
  Mrs. Krochmalny   

    College, Career & Running Start .   425.408.7428


Directions for College Application Process (PDF)
Senior Application "Cheat Sheet"
High School & Beyond Plan

College Time Line

9th Grade Freshmen Year

We are excited to welcome you to Woodinville High School. 

  9th Grade College Timeline For Students9th grade college timeline for parents

10th Grade Sophomore Year

11th Grade Junior Year

11th Grade ChecklistPowtoon PPT PresentationMilitary Academy Checklist

Fall  Set your goals: Work on specific goals to help you stay motivated and forced for the upcoming year.  Remember, "Your Junior Transcript gets you accepted into a college." 
Fall  Scholarships: Continue to search for scholarships! Click here for more scholarship information!
Fall College and Career Fair: We will host a "College and Career Fair" Tuesday - October 29th 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (tentative) school wide so "EVERY STUDENT" has an opportunity to connect with college representatives, apprenticeship programs, military branches and employers! Click here for a list of colleges and programs that will be attending! 
Fall College and Career Night: We will host a "College and Career Night" with 20 break-out sessions! Thursday - November 7th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Click here for break-out topics!
Fall  College Supermatch: Go to your Naviance account to search for schools you're "Thinking of applying to" and click the "heart."  When a college visits our school (and you've clicked the "heart") you will be notified.  
Fall  PSAT/NMSQT: Take the PSAT test (Oct), which will help prepare you for the SAT and then review your results (Dec). Your CollegeBoard scores can be linked with a Khan Academy account to personalize a test prep program for the SAT.  
Winter Senior Classes: Think about what classes you will need for graduation, career pathways and college admissions requirements.  Counselors will be meeting one-on-one with EVERY student! 
Spring College Visits: If you already haven't, visit a college during Mid-winter break or Spring Break. For questions to ask on a college visit , click here!


12th Grade Senior Year

12th Grade Timeline for students12th grade Timeline for parents

Fall  Set Goals:  Work towards specific Goals that will help you stay motivated and focused throughout the year! Remember, Your Junior transcript gets you accepted into a college and your Senior Final Transcript allows you to attend a college Fall 2020!!
College and Career Fair: We will host a "College and Career Fair" Tuesday - October 29th 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (tentative) school wide so "EVERY STUDENT" has an opportunity to connect with college representatives, apprenticeship programs, military branches and employers! Click here for a list of colleges and programs that will be attending! 
Nov College and Career Night: We will host a "College and Career Night" with 20 break-out sessions! Thursday - November 7th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Click here for break-out topics!
Sept Re-take your SAT and/or ACT: You are smarter and more capable than last school year!  Some schools Superscore, meaning they take the best scores from each test. If you take by August, scores Could be available for college application (check college admissions requirements for deadlines).   If you think you may qualify for a fee waiver, see your counselor
Sept. Letters of Recommendation (LOR): Find out if you need LOR for the schools you're applying.  Typically, only private schools (Common Application) require LOR from Counselors. Ask your teacher or counselor (if needed) "Face-to-face" and then follow-up with an email. Turn around time is 2 weeks. 
Sept. Finish your college essay: Revise and edit, ask a teacher (face-to-face) if they are willing to review! 

Finalize College Lists:  Get your list of 4-6 schools that you'd like to apply attend Fall 2020. Check colleges' website for admissions requirements and application process. 

Check DEADLINES:  You snooze you loose! 

  1. Reach School - You feel you'd never get into, but want to try 
  2. 1st Choice School - Where you  want to attend
  3. 2nd Choice School - Where you'd attend if you do not get accepted into "1st Choice School."
  4. Fall Back School - A school where you're 100% sure you'll get in. 

Naviance and Transcripts:  You must add ALL colleges and request transcripts in Naviance.  If you do not complete this process, your transcript will not be sent. 

  ACT/SAT: You will need to request your scores through ACT through and/or SAT through  
NOW - AUG-2020

Scholarships: Continue to research scholarships.  Remember Institutional Scholarships have different deadlines than the College Application. So check the DEADLINES!! You don't want to "Snooze and Loose!"





How do I choose the right college or university?

2-year Community and Technical Colleges

Over 1000 across the US

  • Everyone can attend! 
  • Semesters (Fall/Spring)
  • Quarters (Fall/Winter/Spring)
  • No ACT or SAT required
  • Typically Smaller class sizes
  • Must take an assessment test
  • Less tuition than 4-year college or universities
  • Offers transfer degree programs
  • Offers vocational certification programs
  • Offers 4-year college degrees on campus. 

Local Community Colleges

Bellevue Community College

Cascadia Community College

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Lake Washington Inst of Tech

Shoreline Community College

Whatcom Community College





4-Year Colleges!

  • Must be accepted 
  • Semesters or Quarters
  • Must take ACT or SAT (for most)
  • Class sizes can be upward to (400+)
  • Tuition varies (public and private)
  • Offers 4-year degree programs

Local Universities

Central Washington University


Eastern Washington University

Evergreen University


University of Washington

University of Washington (Bothell)

Washington State University

Western Washington University

Whitworth University



College Visits

Visiting a College?

Here are some questions you might want to ask when you visit a college. 


—How much time do students typically spend on homework?

—How much writing and reading are expected?

—What is the average class size of introductory classes?

—How widely used are teaching assistants on your campus?

—What is the average class size of upper-division courses?

Academic Perks

—What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?

—How many students participate in undergraduate research?

—Is there a culminating senior year experience?

—Do you have an honors college?

—Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience?

Financial Aid

—What is your average financial aid package?

—What is the typical breakdown of loans versus grants?

—What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?

—What is the average merit award?

—What percentage of students receive college grants?

—What is the average college debt that students leave with?

—What work-study opportunities are there?

Graduation Track Record

—What is your four-year graduation rate? For my major? 

—What is your five-year graduation rate?

—What does it take to graduate in four years?

—What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year?

Academic Support

—What type of tutoring program do you have?

—How do you provide academic advice to students?

—Do you have a writing center and how do I access it?

—What kind of learning disability resources do you have?

Outside Opportunities

—How many students at the college get internships?

—What percentage of students study abroad?

—What type of career services do you have?

Student Life

—What kind of dorm choices are there?

—What percentage of student live on campus?

—How long are dorm accommodations guaranteed?

—How many students live on campus?

—Do most students go home on the weekend?

—What percentage of the study body belongs to a sorority or fraternity?

—What activities are offered to students?

—What clubs do you have on campus?


Colleges Visiting Woodinville High School


OCTOBER 29, 2019

12:00 - 2:30



Those participating..... more to come!!!



Local College Fairs

Seattle WA 
Saturday. Sept. 21, 2019
Click here for more Information'

Washington State Convention Center
Friday, November 1, 2019   12:00pm - 12:00pm
Saturday, November 2, 2019 12:00pm - 04:00pm
Click here for website!

How and when do I apply?

Types of Applications

Applying to a Community College or Technical College can be done by visiting the colleges website! 

Applying to a 4-year in/out of state public/private colleges will differ.  Please visit the colleges website for application process and notate Application DEADLINES!! 

Types of Applications

Common Application

Coalition Application

Universal Application

Colleges Website

How do I find Money for college?





Why apply to FAFSA? 

  • You could qualify for Pell Grants that you don't have to repay!
  • You could qualify for other types of money!
  • You won't qualify for any institutional scholarships unless you apply for FAFSA!



ALL Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen should be applying to scholarships NOW! - Perform a Scholarship Search through Naviance and find money!  

Fastweb - Create a profile 

Scholarships - Create a profile and start looking!

The Big Futures - This site is through College Board or SAT site. 

The Washboard - This is for all students who are from Washington State who would like to apply to in/out of state schools. 


Scholarships for

November 2019

September 2019



If you are interested in applying for the Washington State Regents Scholarship, please contact your counselor! 

Washington State Regents Scholarship