Exploration and Research Tools

Xello (College/Career exploration program available through Clever)

Collegeboard Search Tools

Community College Finder

College Greenlight

Best Colleges-Search site


College Scorecard

College Navigator

College Confidential

IL Student Assistance Commission

U.S. Dept. of Ed.

Academic Major Report

12 Reasons to Stay in Illinois 

Comparison Chart for State Universities 

Planning Checklists

Class of 2023 To Do List 

BigFuture College Planning for 9th and 10th graders 

BigFuture College Planning for 11th graders 

BigFuture College Planning for 12th graders 


College Visits

 On Campus: Students are encouraged to visit colleges throughout high school, especially their      Junior and Senior years. Juniors and Seniors are allowed two visits per year that do not count against attendance.

Virtual: Many colleges and universities now offer virtual visits through their websites.

At MHS: Many college, university, and military representatives visit MHS each school year. Be sure to listen to the announcements and check the Counseling Calendar to learn about upcoming visits. You can sign up for visits by stopping in the Counseling Office or through email.


  College Visit Planning Doc 

  The College Tour Series-Virtual College Tours


Applying to College 

Your counselor is available to help you through the application process including providing Letters of Recommendation and Transcripts.


Common App-Can be used to apply to over 600 colleges and universities 

               Common App video tutorials 

  Coalition for College-Can be used to apply to over 150 college and universities

  Essay Writing Tips

   College Essay Guy

   Top 10 Things Colleges Want in Applicants

Letter of Recommendation Form-This document is very useful when asking someone to write you a letter of recommendation. Don’t forget to give the recommender plenty of advanced warning so that they have adequate time to write a personal letter.