College and Career Center

The Counseling Department’s College and Career Resource Center provides resources and programs aimed at helping students better understand their strengths, interests, and future career aspirations. The CRC houses extensive college and university files and laptop computers allowing access to Naviance, a research and organizational tool for college and career exploration.

The staff consults with students and parents regarding colleges and careers, as well as assisting with various applications and processes, including: Common App, FAFSA, SAT, and ACT testing. The CCRC boasts a highly developed College Admission Representatives program and hosts representatives from over 80 colleges, universities, and technical schools; as well as the military branches. In addition, on-site acceptance days, which afford qualified students the opportunity to apply and earn acceptance to schools bring the admissions process here to students. The School Counseling Department also takes groups to explore local educational and vocational opportunities, and students attend the National College Fair in Hartford, which hosts over 400 colleges.

College and Career Counselor
Andie McGrath-Rocco
(203) 263-0253 X2822

Upcoming Events and Important Dates


February 27 we will be taking a field trip to Porter & Chester Institute. Students can learn about available careers in: Automotive Cosmetology CADD Dental Assisting Computers Medical Assisting Electrical Medical Billing & Coding HVACR Practical Nursing. Sign up in the LMC.


Attention Juniors!! The Hartford National College Fair is March 29th – sign up in the CCRC. Admission representatives from up to 400 schools across the country are all gathered in one place. Their goal: To encourage you to learn more about their institutions and help you sort through the qualities you’re looking for in a college. Explore your options. Ask questions. Gather information. Space is limited so act early!


The College and Career Center is looking for local professionals to inform, mentor and/or allow our students an opportunity learn more about careers from you, our local residents. This might include a small group information session or visit/shadow at your business in effort to better inform students about potential career options. We are looking to expand our existing resource base of local leaders and mentors to be published in a pamphlet for NHS students. Currently, we have a local educator, dentist, doctor, and civil engineer, but are looking to add to this array of professionals!

Please contact me at your earliest convenience at if you are willing or know someone who might be willing to be identified in this capacity. Thank you in advance for your interest in our students and community!

College Visits Fall 2017

Student College Forms

  • College application process
  • Application Checklist
  • Parent/Guardian Insight
  • Request of Transcript of Credits
  • Student Questionnaire

SAT and ACT Testing Information and Registration Links

Test scores are not the only criteria that colleges use in making admission decisions. However, certain test results are an integral part of the admission process at most colleges and universities. Students should carefully check the requirements at prospective colleges to determine whether an SAT I/SAT II or ACT is required.

Should I take the SAT or the ACT?

SAT versus ACT. Is one harder? Is one better? More prestigious? More useful? If only it were that simple. More about the SAT vs. the ACT.

Preparing for the redesigned SAT

Please note that the redesigned SAT will be launched in Spring 2016. In the mean time, CollegeBoard is partnering with Khan Academy to produce a free, online test prep tutorial for the redesigned SAT.


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT & SAT II Subject Tests)

There are three SAT sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing. The Writing section requires test takers to complete an essay that is factored into the final score. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 45 minutes.

In addition to the SAT some schools require SAT ll Subject Tests to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas.

NEW!! Register for the SAT


American College Test (ACT)

The ACT has four sections: English, Reading, Math and Science, as well as an optional 30-minute writing test. Some schools may require the writing test, so be sure to ask before you take it.

NEW! Register for the ACT

More about what's on the different sections of the ACT.

How is the ACT scored?

ACT Fees

Students who are on free and reduced price lunch are eligible for a fee waiver for these tests.

ACT Registration Options

AP Testing

Advanced Placement

The AP Program currently offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

Students around the country take AP exams in May. The exams last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the subject. The structure of each exam varies, again depending on the subject. Each test may consist of some combination of multiple–choice, free–response, essay and short answer questions. The exams are scored on a scale from 1 to 5, with a score of 5 being the highest.

College Admissions Representatives, schedule your visit at Nonnewaug High School. Click box below.


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