Phone: 720-886-5300

16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Aurora, CO 80015
Senior Conference

Starting in mid-September counselors like to meet with all senors to have a senior conference and start discussing seniors progress towards graduation and their plans for after graduation. Senors please come to the counseling office to schedule a senior conference. The conference will last approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour and should take place during the student's off period. We encourage parent(s)/guadian(s) to attend teh senior conference. We look forward to meeting with seniors.

  • Your counselor will update your email address and your parent/guardian email on Naviance.
  • Schedule visits with the colleges you are considering.  It is important to make that personal contact!  Check out the visit schedule on Naviance to see when college reps are coming to Smoky Hill for a visit.  If a rep is coming from a college you are considering, we highly advise that you come to the visit and touch base with them.  These may be the individuals who read your application.
  • Fill out the Senior Letter of Recommendation Form. The form can be found on Naviance. You answer the questions (please be specific) and email a copy to the individuals when you would like to write your letters of rec.  We suggest two letters of recommendation; be sure to have one from a core subject teacher.  Give your teachers plenty of time to write your letter! Please see Ms. Connally to get this process started.
  • Email: Establish an appropriate email to communicate with colleges. Check your email often.
  • Put thought into your essays!  Most colleges and scholarships will require an essay/personal statement for their application.    You are encouraged to work closely with an English teacher to write this.  Make sure you proofread and follow directions.
  • Applications: BE AWARE OF THE APPLICATION DEADLINES!!  Give yourself plenty of time to complete the application and anything that goes along with it, such as an essay, letters of recommendation, etc.  Don’t assume that all colleges have similar application deadlines.
    • IMPORTANT: Different types of colleges generally offer various types of admissions options (e.g., Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, Rolling Admissions, etc.). Read the fine print before choosing an option.
    • Common Application: Over 400 schools use the common app. Pay attention to supplemental forms if you use the common app.
  • Transcripts: Every college you apply to will need an official transcript from Smoky Hill.  These transcripts cost $5 each and you will order them in the Post Grad center.
    • Allow for 10 days from when you order your transcript to when it is mailed out. So again, watch those deadlines! Allow additional time around holidays.
    • You must send test scores directly from ACT/SAT. 
  • The FAFSA form is the application for federal student aid.  This will determine your eligibility for student loans, student grants and work-study.  You and your parents will fill this out after your family has received their W2’s for 2013 taxes, so sometime after January 1, 2014.  Theapplication for federal student aid is located online here; the link can also be found onyour Naviance page.
  • Apply for the College Opportunity Fund!  This is located at the College In Colorado website; the link for the College Opportunity Fund can also be found on your Naviance page here​.
  • How are you going to pay for college? Register with Fastweb, a large scholarship search engine ( Also, use the National Scholarship Search on Naviance under the “Colleges” tab. Another great resource is
  • Net Cost Estimator: Allows prospective students to calculate an estimated net price (out-of-pocket cost) of enrollment at an institution. Each school has an estimator. They only estimate!!!
  • How are you going to pay for college? Register with Fastweb, a large scholarship search engine ( Also, use the National Scholarship Search on Naviance under the “Colleges” tab. Another great resource is

  • Colorado In-State College Fair
    • When: Monday, October 7th
    • Where: Smoky Hill Hight School
    • Time: 6pm – 7:30
  • NACAC College Fair at the Colorado Convention Center Hall A on Saturday, Oct 5th, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
    • Students should Pre-Register: No need to fill out cards with the same information at every table! Pre-registration is available for students through a simple, online registration page. This saves the student a lot of time and effort.

      1. Pre-registration is free for students and they can register by visiting here​.
      2. After completing the easy online registration form, hit SUBMIT to print out your
      personal registration barcode.
      3. Bring this barcode with you to the fair and spend your time talking to admission
      representatives and learning about their schools.

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