• Seniors Class of 2021



    On Tuesday, December 15, we had a group of Senior Students from the Class of 2020 be a part of The Senior Panel – answering questions regarding what they have done since graduation – whether they are completing their first semester of college or taking a GAP year. We did a recording of the session which is will be housed on our You Tube page – here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt9aJYl0ggM

    Information and Forms


    Senior Year


    Junior Year

    Sophomore Year

    Counselor Distance Learning Spring 2020


    Senior Year

    New  Fall Newsletter (October-December)

    Junior Year

    Senior Students

    Senior Parents

    Events 2020-21 School Year

    Senior Parent Program - Tuesday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m.

    New  Link to Senior Parent Presentation

    Our synchronous presentation will be live on the EHS Counseling YouTube page. Here is a link to our page: https://bit.ly/EdinaCounselorYouTube. You can subscribe ahead of time and a reminder will be sent to you when we go live.

    Program will consist of two parts:

    • The counseling staff will discuss student/parent/counselor roles and responsibilities, and will share important information about the mechanics of applying; including timelines, processing paperwork, and testing. Seniors will continue to receive this material through Schoology posts that are sent out from the Counseling Office. Additionally, families will be able to view any of our presentations on the EHS website under the Student Services Tab – Class of 2021.
    • Heidi Meyer, Executive Director of Admissions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Brian Lindeman, Director of Financial Aid at Macalester College in St. Paul will offer updates in regards to the application process as well as information regarding the 2020-21 FAFSA (financial aid). There will also be a brief Question & Answer session with some EHS Counselors following the presentation. We are expecting for the event to last approximately one hour.

    Events 2019-20 School Year

    Junior Post-Secondary Planning Evening - Monday, May 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    The Edina High School Counseling Department invites you and your parent or guardian to attend a Distance Learning Junior Post-Secondary Planning Evening with representatives of the counseling department from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11.  Our goal is to bring you some resources and tools to help with your post-secondary planning.  We will also give you an opportunity to ask some questions as we all have them during these unprecedented times.  To join, visit our YouTube page (linked here) and access our live video stream at 6 p.m.

    Presentation - Recorded (YouTube)

    College Workshop for Junior Parents - Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Fick Auditorium

    During this evening, parents will be able to attend sessions covering a wide variety of topics within the college exploration process.  High School and College Admissions professionals will share their expertise throughout the evening.  We highly encourage you to come out and receive valuable information regarding some of the major topics within college admissions.  Parents will have the option of attending four of the five following sessions:

    List of Sessions:

    • Navigating College Applications
    • Financial Aid - How to Get Started/What should you be doing now?
    • The role of Counselors, Students and Parents in the College Process
    • Student Athletes and the NCAA Clearinghouse
    • Standardized Testing - 2020 and Beyond


    New  Resources

    Events 2018-19 School Year

    College Planning Process Sophomore Parent Meeting - Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m., EPAC

    You are cordially invited to the first in a series of four meetings regarding the college planning process presented by the EHS counseling department. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edina Performing Arts Center (EPAC). 

    The following information will be shared:

    • Edina High School Counseling Program
    • Testing: What tests and when?
    • College Rep Visits @ EHS and Campus Visits by student/family
    • Naviance
    • Junior Timeline

    A Question & Answer Session will follow

    We will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:00 p.m.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this evening of information about the beginning of the college process for our sophomore students.


    Senior Planning Calendar

    Afraid that you are going to miss something--an important test, a deadline, etc. Have a question about dates later in the year? Take a look at the junior calendar. It takes you month to month through the school year. It is a great thing to run off and put on your refrigerator or the bulletin board in your room, so that you don’t miss anything.

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    Common Application 2020-2021 Essay Prompts-Examples

    Examples of Common App Prompts: The Common Application Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 essay prompts. The essay should be no more that 650 words (650 words is your limit, not your goal). The application will not accept a response shorter than 250 words. (use for examples)

    College and Career Center and College Visits

    The College and Career Center schedule and hours are pending.  The College and Career Center is located near the Media Center. The major purpose is to serve as the meeting place for college representatives when they visit Edina High School.

    Last year, well over 225 college representatives visited Edina High School. These representatives are the ones who process the students' applications and who will be helping with the decision about college acceptance. It is important that they learn about Edina High School and its academic programs and it is important they get to know prospective students. The bottom line: these visits help the student decide where to apply and also may be a factor about whether a student is accepted at a college or not. Don't miss out on these chances to find out more information about college that interest you and to meet the representatives that work with Edina students.

    Seniors are reminded to watch the listings of college representative visits that are listed in Naviance. The representatives are here for juniors and seniors. Juniors are also urged to get their list of schools entered into Naviance so that they will receive e-mail reminders when a college on their list comes to visit.

     NACAC Virtual College Fairs

    NACAC Virtual College Fairs this Fall


    Last spring, the counseling staff recommended that juniors sign up and register for either the SAT Test and ACT prior to the end of their junior year. This gives the student an opportunity to compare scores and in many cases use the best one. Students who are looking at more selective colleges and the University of California system may also need to take the SAT Subject Tests (formerly know as SAT II's). (These colleges generally prefer the Math--Level 1 or Level 2 (the more difficult of the two, if possible) and one other test of the student's choice--usually in an area where a student feels strong. Some schools may require a third test. It is best to check the requirements of your specific colleges or universities. Many of our students choose U.S. History, a foreign language, English language or literature).  (A list of schools that require the SAT Subject test is available at http://www.compassprep.com/admissions_req_subjects.aspx

    If a senior student did not sign up to take an entrance exam last spring, and they are planning to attend a college/university next fall, one or both of the tests (ACT, SAT) should be taken this fall, along with the SAT Subject Tests if necessary.

    If the ACT's and/or SAT I's were taken in the spring, should one or both be repeated?  In general, it is to the student’s advantage to re-take either one or both of the tests. Why? Because colleges are looking to accept, not deny applicants. They will usually make admissions decisions based on the highest ACT composite score, or the highest SAT combined score of the Writing, Critical Reading, and Mathematics sections. In addition, seniors who are applying to schools that have published admissions criteria, usually public institutions, have a good idea of their chance for admission. As a result, they can determine the necessity of re-taking the test. ACT will allow students to pick the best test date to send, whereas SAT sends all tests taken.

    A final note – it may also be to the student’s advantage to re-take a test, as many scholarships are awarded with a student’s ACT or SAT score being a piece of the criteria. The difference of one composite point on the ACT, may be the difference between a scholarship and no scholarship. Test registration can be done on the internet. (With deadlines fast approaching, remember that registering online is faster and the student will know immediately if there is room at the testing site he or she requests.) Please see the Testing page to see updated information on testing. 

    Counselors urge students to register early if they want to take the test here at the Edina testing site. If the Edina site is full, late registrations are assigned to other open sites. The possibility of stand-by testing here at Edina will also be very limited.

    College Applications

    This is a very busy time in the counseling office as we begin to process college applications and write recommendation letters for this year's seniors.  

    College Application Fee Waivers

    The waiver can be requested in the Common Application. Application fee waivers are available in the Counseling Office.  Please contact the counselor with questions.


    It is very important that students are aware of application deadlines for every school to which they are applying—even so-called safety schools.  Some students who are applying early decision or early action or who are applying to the military academies or ROTC programs may have deadlines of November 1, November 15 or December 1. The University of California system schools also have an early deadline of November 30. The University of Minnesota Priority deadline is November 1; however, students who apply early will receive notification sooner.

    Students need to give teachers at least 3 weeks to complete letters of recommendation. You can print the Teacher Recommendation Form to give to the teacher writing the recommendation.

    If a counselor needs to complete a recommendation letter, seniors need to complete the Questionnaire for School/Counselor Recommendation. The packet needs to be returned to the counselor three weeks prior to the deadline.  (The questionnaire provides the counselor with additional insight and information about the student enabling the counselor to write a quality recommendation. Last year, many of the senior parents completed a Parent Questionnaire for College Recommendation that the counselors found helpful.

    NCAA Athlete Information

    To register, seniors who are prospective student-athletes can access the registration materials by visiting the http://eligibilitycenter.org. From the home page, the prospect should click "Prospective Student-Athletes," which will link the student-athlete to the necessary information.  This eligibility booklet is a must read for students (and their parents) who are hoping to play a college sport. After you register, your transcript must be sent from the high school. Contact Nancy Knutson, Registrar to request a transcript for NCAA.

    Updated January 8, 2021