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SWHS College and Academic Planning Workshops

The SWHS Counseling Department knows the college application, financial aid, and academic planning processes are a real process—they take time, energy, and resources. The Southwest Counseling team is excited to walk with you through these processes. While this time often increases stress and anxiety, questions and uncertainty, we hope it can also be a little exciting. At the fall workshop, the information sessions offered will provide you with relevant, timely information to help reduce stress and anxiety and to empower you through this process.


Fall College Planning Workshop

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Some examples of workshop sessions: overview of the college application process, selective college admissions, writing the college essay, financial aid and scholarship options,and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Spring College and Academic Planning Workshop

Confirmed date (NOTE CHANGE): Saturday, January 11, 2020

(Back up in case of snow cancellation date: Saturday, January 25, 2020)

Some examples of workshop sessions: PSEO, IB Diploma and IB Career-related Programmes, academic planning/course registration, how to use Naviance, AchieveMpls’ Step-Up summer job opportunities, and understanding financial aid award packages. We also offer some repeat sessions from the Fall Workshop such as: beginning the college search, the primary and secondary factors considered in college admissions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), pursuing college athletics as a student-athlete.


At both our Fall and Spring Workshops, we also invite some of our major scholarship representatives to host informational tables at the conclusion of the workshop sessions.


A huge thank you to the Southwest Foundation for the support needed to provide these workshops and resources to Southwest students and families!