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College Counseling Resources

College Admissions

College Counseling Resources

We know that there exists an exciting world of over 4000 college options across the country, in Canada, and in the UK. We introduce our students and families to as broad a range as we can. We recognize that the range of college choices available to each student is directly related to their own effort and individual habits of mind. Therefore, we guide students in taking ownership over their high school education and college planning process, knowing that doing so will maximize the college options that will later become available to them.

The college planning process is an integral part of advisement. A combination of meetings, events and online resources enables students and families to engage thoughtfully in the process:

  • Students and parents meet with School Counselors one-on one to discuss academic strengths, aspirations, and viable college options.
  • Day and evening programs throughout the year are designed to inform students and parents of various aspects of the college process and create excitement for the journey that lies ahead. These events include financial aid nights, college fairs, college application days, college tours and college admissions sessions with College Counselors.

The following resources provide access to virtual college tours and college search engines.

Big Future, Comprehensive college search engine.

Campus Tours, Links to virtual tours, video clips, and other materials

College Net, Search for colleges, scholarships, financial aid; electronic applications; virtual bookstore.​

College Navigator, Search for information on college, financial aid and other college application information. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.​

CollegeWeek Live, Virtual college fairs.​

College View, college research and information about college life.​

The College Application Process

College Admissions Testing

For information on general information about the Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT tests, as well as information about test preparation click here . For specific questions, please contact the School Counseling Office by calling (803) 476 - 3005.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid 

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. 

College Scholarship Service Profile

CSS Profile®,short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an online application created and maintained by the United States-based College Board that allows college students to apply for non-federal financial aid. A list of colleges, universities , and scholarship programs that use CSS Profile as part of their financial aid process can be found here.

The Irmo High School Counseling Department hosts an active scholarship directory each year. The 2023-2024 directory can be accessed by accessing this link:

Irmo High School Scholarship Directory