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.