College Planning

College advising occurs both formally and informally at Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. Our Director of College Counseling works with students and their parents through group and individual advising sessions.

Our goal is to ensure that students and parents are aware of the wide range of college choices and scholarships that are available to help students narrow the field, to find the right college for their individual needs, to work through the application process, and to be able to afford their choices.

The College Advising Process

Beginning with the junior year, students will formally start the college preparation process with the PSAT.  As our students progress through their junior and senior years, the process evolves and incorporates many different resources and tasks.

College Application

We utilize Naviance College Counseling software that allows our students to search for colleges based on selected criteria, informs us when they have applied to a college or university, and requests transcripts and letters of recommendation on the student’s behalf.

College Counseling Process

Junior Year

  • College Information Nights for parents in the fall
  • Meetings with college representatives from across the country
  • Group counseling session for juniors
  • Individual counseling sessions with students and parents during the spring semester

Senior Year

  • College representatives come to campus
  • Group meeting in early fall to advise students of timeline and responsibilities
  • Individual counseling sessions with students (and parents if desired) to discuss final application choices and timeline
  • One-on-one meetings to review students’ applications, to analyze and advise them regarding test scores, and to proofread essays

Class of 2021 College Decisions

Your OSSM Director of College Counseling

Ms. Cynthia Parish

B.A., Texas Tech University

M.Ed., University of Texas at Arlington


College Application Portals
College Counseling Handbook
College Admissions Representatives