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College Advisement

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2015 approximately 20.2 million students were expected to attend American colleges and universities, with an estimated 12.6 million attending full time rather than part time. Scholars with aspirations to attend a college or university must map out the path best suited to help them achieve their goals. The road to college goes far beyond picking out the school of their choice. In addition to identifying the school they wish to attend, scholars  must submit applications, take college entrance exams, apply for scholarships and financial aid, gain acceptance and make a final decision all without missing the deadlines.

Many parents believe colleges and universities only look at a student’s junior or senior year. Colleges look at all four years of high school grades, courses, and activities of their applicants. Junior high scholars should begin their college preparations so they have a productive start to their high school careers, start building a strong academic record and a healthy college savings account. To read more about starting to prepare for college early, visit www.ivywise.com. To download a checklist, visit here.

The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies has built a strong system of support for our scholars to help guide them through the process. With the proper research and executed plan, scholars can reach their dreams. Explore our college advisement section and feel free to contact us with any questions.


Upcoming Events

The office of College Advisement will be hosting several information nights for those interested in attending college. Click here to download the flyer. We encourage all those interested higher education to attend.

UA Engineering Preview Night

College of Engineering students and staff are coming to Phoenix! Join us at the UA Phoenix Biomedical Campus for Engineering Preview Night, featuring a college overview, breakout sessions for newly admitted and prospective students and parents, plus questions and answers with one of our deans.

Spring 2018 Phoenix Preview Nights is scheduled for February 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP here.

Please email Leslie Grignon at lgrignon@email.arizona.edu, with any questions.

U of A Aid Application Notification

Past Events

  • OI Visits U of A March 2018
  • OI Visits U of A March 2018
  • OI Visits U of A March 2018
  • Greater Phoenix College Fair
  • GCU Fall 2017
  • Odyssey Visits The Greater Phoenix College Fair
  • Odyssey Visits The Greater Phoenix College Fair
OI College Handbook

College Advisement at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies (OI) seeks to personalize and empower each applicant in identifying colleges that best fit their goals and their personality so as to ensure a good match. Under the close guidance of College Advisement scholars will methodically proceed through the application process, financial aid, and scholarship applications. Familiarization with the process and early preparations begins with Advisory in the 9th grade in which scholars are assigned an Advisor who follows them throughout their four years of high school.

During Advisory scholars begin to set goals and outline their portfolio including course work, grades, community service, and affiliations. Scholars are also guided relative to the successful completion of course work and summer opportunities to enhance their applications. Additionally, all 9th grade scholars sit for the Practice SAT (PSAT) offering scholars the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the conditions, content, and vocabulary associated with the SAT. The scholars receive automated feedback as to gaps, identifying areas for improvement.

As sophomores scholars will continue their methodical journey familiarizing themselves with college preparation. During Advisement scholars will continue to monitor and reflect upon their goals and their performance relative to those goals, adjusting under the supervision of their Advisor. Again, the scholars will sit for the PSAT as they continue to build confidence and familiarization with the SAT. Scholars will also be advised regarding the benefits of SAT II testing so as to distinguish their applications. Visits to state universities will continue as will a visit to the Greater Phoenix College Fair in September. Finally, the scholars will have the opportunity to accompany a College Tour visiting 7-8 Universities.

During the junior year the application process begins in earnest. During the summer between the junior and senior year OI will host a college boot camp. In the fall scholars will sit for the PSAT / NSMQT, and for the SAT & ACT in the spring, of their junior year. Monthly workshops will work to facilitate the application and preparation process encompassing questionnaires, essay preparation, deadlines, SAT registration, financial aid, scholarships, letters of recommendation, and interview preparation. OI will offer guidance through the senior year as applicable for re-testing and additional applications as necessary.

For more information, please refer to the 2017-2018 college advisement handbook.

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Bryan Pratt
Bryan PrattHigh School Co-Principal
Kari Hurley
Kari HurleyHigh School Co-Principal


Current scholars may request an official transcript for colleges, universities, and scholarships by contacting the OI registrar.