College Admissions

College Counseling Resources

  • We know that there exists an exciting world of over 4000 college options across the country, in Canada, and in the UK. We introduce our students and families to as broad a range as we can. We recognize that the range of college choices available to each student is directly related to their own effort and individual habits of mind. Therefore, we guide students in taking ownership over their high school education and college planning process, knowing that doing so will maximize the college options that will later become available to them.





    This handbook provides an overview of the college application process, high school diploma requirements, standardized testing, career development resources and scholarships/financial aid. Please use this guide as a resource to assist you navigate the senior year.




    The college planning process is an integral part of advisement. A combination of meetings, events and online resources enables students and families to engage thoughtfully in the process:


    • Students and parents meet with School Counselors one-on one to discuss academic strengths, aspirations, and viable college options.


    • Day and evening programs throughout the year are designed to inform students and parents of various aspects of the college process and create excitement for the journey that lies ahead. These events include financial aid nights, college fairs, college application days, college tours and college admissions sessions with College Counselors.



    The following resources provide access to virtual college tours and college search engines.


    Big Future, Comprehensive college search engine.


     Virtual College Fairs, College fairs hosted monthly by the National Association of College Admissions Counselors


    Campus Tours, Links to virtual tours, video clips, and other material.


    College Quest  Search for colleges by interest, size, location.

    College Net, Search for colleges, scholarships, financial aid; electronic applications; virtual bookstore.

    College Navigator, Search for information on college, financial aid and other college application information. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

    CollegeWeek Live, Virtual college fairs.

    College View, college research and information about college life.



    The College Application Process

    1. GET AN APPLICATION: Most college applications can be accessed online. Students can simply go to the college's website and fill out the online application.


    2. APPLY: Students should read and follow all directions and fill out the application thoroughly. It using a paper application, be sure to write neat and legibly.


    3.COUNSELOR FORM: Some colleges include a sheet that must be completed by the school counselor. Print this form and bring it to your school counselor as soon as possible.


    4. RECOMMENDATION LETTER: Colleges often require recommendations. This can be either a letter or may be a certain form that the college has within the application that is sent to the recommender via a secure link. Be sure to give the writer of any recommendation plenty of time to complete the letter or form. It is recommended that you provide the writer a copy of your resume or an activity sheet listing your activities, awards, and accomplishments, etc.


    5. TRANSCRIPT: After completing the application, students are required to request their high school transcript through to be sent to each college they are applying to.


    6. ACT/SAT SCORES: While some colleges are not test optional, if submitting test scores, colleges require that students have test scores sent directly from the ACT or Collegeboard (SAT). Students can also indicate which colleges they would like for their scores to be sent to when they take the test.




    College Admissions Testing

    For information on general information about the Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT tests, as well as information about test preparation click here . For specific questions, please contact the School Counseling Office by calling (803) 476 - 3005.





    Financial Aid & Scholarship Information


    Free Application for Federal Student Aid : Available October 1

    FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. 


    College Scholarship Service Profile

    CSS Profile®,short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an online application created and maintained by the United States-based College Board that allows college students to apply for non-federal financial aid. A list of colleges, universities , and scholarship programs that use CSS Profile as part of their financial aid process can be found here.


    The Irmo High School Counseling Department hosts an active scholarship directory each year. The 2022-2023 directory can be accessed by accessing this link:

    Irmo High School Scholarship Directory ( archived)



     Wondering how to pay for college? This video series can help. Over the course of eight short videos, learn not only what resources are available to help pay for college, but also the basics of financial aid and the questions to consider before choosing a college.