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Counseling » Seniors


Senior Counseling Services Overview
The exciting part about senior year is applying to colleges, and your counselors know this can also be an overwhelming experience. College application deadlines sneak up quickly while trying to manage your regular school responsibilities. Organization is key! Add application deadlines and obligations to your calendar and thoroughly research all application requirements. It is to your benefit to be well ahead of any deadlines. Your counselor will support you throughout the application process. You also want to regularly and consistently check your email for updates and communication from colleges that will be contacting you.
Throughout the fall, the PVHSCCC hosts several workshops (College Essentials Toolkit) and hosts many College Rep Visits to help you finalize your application and feel supported through this experience. You will receive workshops on the UC and CSU applications, a financial aid workshop, and more. Refer to the CCC website here to review their events and note important dates.
It is strongly encouraged that all seniors:
  • Attend College Essentials Toolkit Series (various nights)
  • Attend Financial Aid Workshop & FAFSA Workshop
  • Attend college representative visits for schools they are interested in
  • Visit colleges of interest (in person if allowed or using virtual tours)
  • Maintain a list of colleges they're applying to with deadlines and application requirements
Senior Guidance Lesson
Below is the Senior Conference Lesson given on August 31 and September 1. This presentation covers important information including the college application process, how to build your college list, how to request letters of recommendation, and more.
Senior Checklist
All seniors were given their Senior Checklist following their conferences on August 31 & September 1. If you need a checklist, see your counselor.
College Applications FAQs
The attached file is our Frequently Asked Questions answered that pertain to questions which may need to be answered on your college applications. You may locate a hard copy of this in your senior checklist.
Counselor Letter of Recommendation Process
To request a counselor letter of recommendation, you must complete the counselor letter of recommendation questionnaire, which can on SchooLinks. This comprehensive questionnaire allows your counselor to write the best possible letter on your behalf. There are two deadlines to request a letter from your counselor by:
Early Action/Early Decision applications: request must be made by Friday, September 22, 2023
Regular Decision applications: request must be made by Friday, November 3, 2023
Teacher Letter of Recommendation Process
There are steps to take when requesting a letter of recommendation from a teacher. We recommend you approach your teacher or reach out via email to request a letter of recommendation. Once your teacher agrees to write you a letter, you will want to ask them what information they need from you (resume, teacher letter questionnaire, college list, etc.). You will also need to ask how your teacher plans to submit their letter to your colleges.
You may locate the fillable teacher letter of recommendation questionnaire below. This form allows you to provide teachers with supplemental information about you and the schools you are applying to. 
Keep in mind, teachers share the same deadlines as your counselor. For Early Action/Early Decision applications, you must request your teacher letter of recommendation by Friday, September 22, 2023. For Regular Decision applications, you must make the request by Friday, November 3, 2023.
College Application Resources
Reference the PVHS College and Career Center College Application Resources here.