WELCOME TO MURPHY HIGH SCHOOL'S GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT!
How do I see my counselor?
Email your counselor
- Ask teacher for a pass to counselor's office
- Leave a note for your counselor in her box which is located in the front office.
- Call front office and schedule a conference
- Email counselor
- Call and leave message with counselor
College & Military Reps are here!
See the guidance calendar for when college/military representatives will be here.
Mrs. Estes will print out passes for seniors to visit with the college and/or military reps. - A "Remind" message will be sent out to seniors about when to pick up pass in guidance.
Sign up for Mrs. Estes's Remind so that you will know when to pick up a pass to visit with College and Military Reps.
"Remind" set up -- Text to 81010 -- message is @c43gfc
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the following website to help you prepare for ASPIRE(10th grade), ACT, and ACT WorkKEYS(seniors):
Mobile Public Library also has online test prep and skills review resources. Search the website below for resources:
www.learningexpresshub.com - You will have to have your library card # to use.
Subject: ACT State and District Testing: ACT Online Resources for Examinees
We have provided a number of online resources to help your examinees prepare to take the ACT, including the ability to take a practice test in an online format.
Preparing for the ACT Test Taken Online is a free guide that provides instructions for taking online practice tests and explains how to use the online application and navigation system. Students who take the practice test online will not only be able to see the types of questions that will appear on the test, but they will also be able to become familiar with the testing application to better navigate the online system on test day.
A practice test is also available to examinees taking the ACT on paper. Preparing for the ACT Test offers practice test questions, starting on page 10.
An updated Examinee Tutorial also will be available soon to assist examinees in preparing for their online test experience. Check back to the same webpage for this additional resource.
If you have questions, you may:
The ACT State and District Testing Team
Apply for federal student aid online using FAFSA on the web (the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA). Applying opens on October 1st, 2016.
SENIORS: Please note that you must see Mrs. Enfinger regarding cap and gown, senior fees, senior supplies, or graduation ceremony. See Ms. Bateman regarding senior pictures, and see Guidance if you have a concern about college applications, scholarships, transcripts or other academic questions.
We've collected some of our favorite (and easiest) awards with deadlines coming in the next few weeks and hope this can be a resource you can share with students and parents.
No Essay College Scholarship
You Deserve It Scholarship
AdmitSee Rant to Win Scholarship
Christian College EDGE Scholarship
ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship
Christian College Scholarship Drawing
Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship
College Counts Scholarship was created to help Alabama high school students pay for their education at a 2-year or 4-year Alabama School. Applications for seniors going to college fall 2017 will be accepted December 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017.
visit this website for more information: treasury.alabama.gov/collegecounts-scholarship
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham have partnered to launch the first state-specific scholarship database - AchieveAlabama.org.
Launched in conjunction with College Application Week, Achieve Alabama is an online scholarship resource providing students, educators, and parents with an effective scholarship search tool and college preparation resource that has the capability to guide students through the entire college admission process.
According to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, in 2015, 50 percent of Alabama high school graduates were enrolled in an Alabama public university or college, but one third of those students never received any financial aid. Founded by the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and the non-profit College Admissions Made Possible (CAMP) and Cappex, to make scholarship funding more readily available to high school students across Alabama, the site aims to bridge the information gap on how students learn about, research, and ultimately receive scholarships.
The site is cost-free and is available to all high school students in the state. It houses thousands of university-specific and private scholarships. The site also focuses specifically on local scholarship dollars that are awarded each year by Alabama businesses and private foundations.
Click on this link: www.achievealabama.org
More Scholarships and Scholarship Search Engines
Fastweb A scholarship search engine that is specifically tailored to a student's interests and experience.
American Association of School Administrators
U.S. Dept. of Education
Federal Employee Education & Assistance
U.S. Government Grants
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Susan G. Komen College Scholarship
Follow this link for information about Scholarships for Military Children - www.militaryscholar.org/
Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
American Indian College Fund
Student Scholarship Search
School Soup Scholarship Search
United Negro College Fund
International Scholarship Search
International Students at U.S. Colleges
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
20 Scholarships for minority students
Academic Common Market
Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college, while paying in-state tuition rates.
Military dependent registry
Military children scholarships
One of the Best sites for results.
Students in Foster Care
Official Government Site for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Avert the pitfalls!
NACAC gives great resources for those students without citizenship.
Clep a Course
SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
College Search Information
Academic Common Market
American Council on Education
Association of American Medical Colleges
ACT and CollegeNET
Association of American Medical Colleges Facts
AAMC Curriculum Directory
Alabama Colleges & Universities
Alabama Course Transfers (STARS)
This site informs students/parents regarding courses taken at any state college or university in Alabama that will transfer between the colleges.
Common App Member Schools
Big Future by College Board
This site contains a wealth of information for the college, major, and career search!
Brain Track College Guide
Careers and Colleges
College Admission 101
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) shares important information.
College Bound Network
College Admission BOOK
This is a GREAT resource. All you ever want to know about college admission is in this book and on this website. A wonderful informative resource for students and parents trying to navigate the college admission and financial aid process! These authors can save you an enormous amount of time and stress.
College Lists of all kinds
See what a Professional Association (NACAC) of college advisors have created for public use. A wealth of information, lists of all types.
Colleges requiring SAT subject tests
Collegiate Walking Tour Videos
The Common Application
European Council of International Schools
First Generation College Student
This site is a great resource for any student being first in their family to attend college.
Historically Black Colleges
Ivy League Admissions
Medical and Dental School Help
National Center for Education Statistics
National Association of College Admission Counseling Newsletter
Office of Post Secondary Education
SAT/ACT Optional for Admission
Schools in the USA
United Kingdom International Cultural Relations
Virtual College Fairs
Virtual Campus Tours
Johnson O'Connor Aptitude Test
One of the BEST and most accurate instruments to assisting in finding the most appropriate career direction and college major.
Nursing School Info
Underrepresented students fly-in
A great resource for minority students.
Mapping Your Future
See your counselor for I.D.
Alabama Career Information
Career and Financial Aid information
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Alabama Career Information Network
College Sports Scholarships
NCAA Clearinghouse Basics
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Head Coach Web Search
Military Student Aid
Military College Aid
Peterson's Pre-College Summer Programs
Venture Scholar Summer Enrichment Programs
Career Summer Programs and Camps
Summer Enrichment Programs
This is an opportunity for low-income students. If accepted to the Questbridge summer program, a student will gain assistance in applying to highly selective colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Duke. If the student wins their scholarship and is accepted to one of those colleges, it could mean a fully paid four year scholarship.
National Student Language Immersion
ACT News You Can Use
Seniors prepare to complete the FAFSA.
Juniors: plan ahead.
Educational Testing Service
No Test Requirement
Free Test Prep for PSAT
Questions about ACT/SAT
SAT subject tests
Test Prep-Princeton Review
Test Prep - Number2
SAT waitlist guidelines
Read policies regarding taking the SAT or SAT subject tests if you missed the regular registration deadline.
Helpful information regarding PSAT
Convert SAT to ACT score
This helpful site allows one to compare admission test scores.
SAT score use at Colleges
Convert SAT to ACT scores
A handy tool to predict one admission test score using the other.
College AP Policies
How to Prepare for College
Planning for College
A great resource for students and parents for the college planning process.
National Survey of Student Engagement
Find out what students say about colleges.
A former dean of a major university shares his insight on writing your personal statement....your college admission essay.
A professional organization gives support for students choosing to transfer colleges.