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Post-Secondary Planning

There are many websites to help you when planning for college! Here are some sites that might be useful--once again remembering that this is not an all-inclusive list!

  • The Bank of North Dakota has compiled a one-stop-shop for many of your college application needs! Visit the Career Compass HERE for the following links and information:
    • College Application Month
    • Career Discovery
    • College Handbook
    • BND Video Library
  • Planning on attending a North Dakota University? There is specific financial help for YOU! Visit the North Dakota University System website HERE to learn about opportunities for North Dakota high school students planning to attend school in your home state!
  • Post-Secondary Planning help with ND Youth Forward!
    • Have you chosen a college? Is a two year college a good fit or is a university the right place to start? How are you paying for college? Are there scholarships available? What do you want to be? Do these questions sound familiar? ND Youth Forward is here to help. Our website has tons of valuable information to help you answer these questions. 
    • Visit http://ndyouthforward.com/
  • Campus Reel - an online video platform designed to help students explore college options. There are 12,000+ authentic, unscripted videos created by current students at hundreds of colleges/universities around the country!
  • College Application Resume with Examles, Tips, and Templates
  • AffordableColleges.com
  • My College Options
  • College Navigator
  • College Results Online
  • Cappex
  • Student Health Guide: College Students
  • College Planning Timelines for grades 9-12  
  • Common App Step-by-Step Guide that walks students step-by-step through each question of the Common Application, including why it's asked and how to best answer. Here is the LINK.
  • FAFSA Step-by-Step Guide that walks students and families through each question of the FAFSA, including screenshots and explanations and a FAQ page for students with special circumstances. Here is the LINK.

Happy Searching!

Senior Conferences

Each fall, Davies counselors will meet with seniors and parent(s)/guardians to discuss post-secondary plans. In addition, we count and discuss credits, ACT score reports, and sign the official graduation application.

Senior conferences are usually scheduled alphabetically with each counselor. If your name falls toward the end of your counselor's alphabet group, and you have questions at the beginning of the year regarding college applications, transcripts, ACT, etc., students can schedule an appointment with their counselor whenever they are available. 

There are also several links below to guide you in your next steps beyond high school! Also - don't forget to visit the Scholarships/Financial Aid page. You can subscribe to the scholarships page so you receive an e-mail every time it is updated.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

  • Request from teachers, counselors, employers, family friends, church leaders, youth leaders or other important adults in your life, who know you and the qualities that make you eligible for a college or scholarship.
  • Some applications will request a recommendation from a specific person.
  • Request recommendations at least two weeks in advance. You are encouraged to provide the writer a recommendation worksheet found HERE.
  • Be sure to write a thank you note to the person writing your recommendation. 

College Entrance Exams

SAT vs. ACT

Which test is right for you? Both college entrance exams are accepted at all four-year colleges and universities across the country. All students at Davies take the ACT when we have our state-mandated test. However, many students may choose to retake the ACT, or even take the SAT, depending on their post-secondary education plans. See the chart online at Study Point to answer any questions you may have regarding which might be the right test for you.

ACT: www.actstudent.org. 

SAT: www.collegeboard.com/mysat

College and Career Planning at RUReady.ND.gov!

  • Choices Planner has activities for vocational exploration
  • Your account is linked through PowerSchool.  
    • Click the application icon in the upper right corner.
    • Next, Click on the ND Education Portal. 
    • Then, click the RUReady icon to access your account. 
  • Other tools include Guideways, Career Finder, Resume Builder, Job Interview Practice, Cover Letter Creator, and Thank-you Letter Builder
  • ALSO--FREE ACT TEST PREP with TestGear! You can take a "brain scan" to assess areas where you need the most work, and you can take timed or untimed practice tests! 

Transcript Request Information

  • All official transcripts are now sent electronically through eTranscripts. 
  • You can also view and print transcripts for your own use through eTranscripts. 

Please click on the "Transcript Request" link on the left to get started!

Reciprocity Information

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) 

Through WUE, students in most western states may enroll in may 2-year and 4-year public college programs at a reduced tuitions level. Go to www.wiche.edu/sep/wue for additional information.


Midwest Student Exchange Program

The purpose of this program is to increase interstate education opportunities for students in its member states. For more information, visit www.mhec.org.


North Dakota/Minnesota Reciprocity

Residents of North Dakota may qualify for reduced rates at public Minnesota colleges or universities by complying with procedures of the reciprocal agreement. Learn more at: https://ndus.edu/educational-costs/student-exchange-or-reciprocity-programs/