ACADEMY NIGHT 2020 (Virtual)

Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA11) Presents Virtual ACADEMY NIGHT 2020









WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2020

WHERE: online- RSVP to receive link!

TIME: 7pm

RSVP* by October 9, 2020 to Mary O’Connor at to receive link.  

link will be emailed to you no later than 24 hours prior to event.
*Rsvp MUST INCLUDE your name (and anyone attending the event), email address, school attending (and current grade), and top academy/rotc choice
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Bard College Presents Virtual College Exploration

Colleges That Change Lives

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process, invites you to its upcoming:

Virtual College Exploration 
Sunday, September 27- Wednesday, September 30, 2020
4 days of presentations and information sessions with 42 Colleges That Change Lives

Bard College’s presentation will take place on
Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 pm (Central Time).
Students, click here to register.

Please note that you need to register for each session that you are interested in attending. All events are free of charge and open to all students and counseling professionals.

Penn State Day Virtual Open House

Saturday, October 10

Virtual fall events at Penn State York are a perfect opportunity for college-bound juniors and seniors to learn more about Penn State before the November 15 Early Action application deadline and December 1 priority Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline!
Penn State Day Virtual Open House: Saturday, October 10
Students will learn about the admissions and financial aid award processes and timeline, have an opportunity to interact with our faculty and current students, and view campus via a virtual campus tour. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Students will receive a $65 application fee waiver. Students can register online or call 717-771-4040.
Virtual Application and FAFSA Completion Workshops:
Students are invited to attend a virtual workshop with admissions and financial aid staff who will guide students on how to complete their Penn State online application and/or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Space is limited. A $65 application fee waiver will be applied to all applicants who attend a workshop. Students can register online or call 717-771-4040.
Virtual Application Completion Workshop:
Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Monday, October 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Virtual FAFSA Completion Workshop:
Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Monday, November 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Strategy Virtual Courses via Zoom: Thursdays, October 8 – November 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Fully qualified instructors will assist students in improving their math and critical reading/writing skills, as well as in providing guidance for test-taking strategies. The $295 tuition fee includes the College Board SAT Study Guide.
To learn more, and to register, students can go to SAT Preparation.
Important Penn State Application Deadlines for the Fall 2021 Semester:
Early Action: November 15
FAFSA: December 1
Penn State will continue to accept applications for admission after the dates listed above, however, priority placement and scholarship awards are given to students who complete their application by the suggested deadlines.
Please note that Penn State has moved into a test-optional evaluation process for the 2021 admissions cycle. We are making this change to give Penn State applicants a choice that will ease the anxiety that many future students and families are experiencing as a result of test-taking disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PA Career Tools and Information

What are the most in-demand careers in PA?  How much will I make in my first job?  Should I attend a 4-year college or university?  What will obtaining a degree really cost me?  What are all my options after high school graduation? As you process these questions and more, PA Chamber Foundation has resources to help.

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The tools and information available on the Start the Conversation Here website are FREE and designed to help students make informed decisions that lead to future success.  On the site, you will find an array of valuable information including:

  • Insight into the 33 most in-demand careers in Pennsylvania.
  •  A career calculator designed to help students and parents understand the financial implications of their desired career path – from expected entry level salaries and estimated college expenses to the length of time it will take to be debt-free following their educational investment.
  • Details on work ethic scholarships that are available to Pennsylvania students entering into the skilled trades.  Thanks to generous donations from the Pennsylvania business community, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation has already awarded nearly $275,000 in work ethic scholarships to 112 Pennsylvania students. Hear some of their success stories here.

PHEAA PAForward has a new webinar on understanding borrowing for education.

Presented by PHEAA:  Borrowing for Higher Education
Following up on the highly successful “Covering The Gap” webinar series, PHEAA now offers a series of one-hour webinars focused more specifically on the borrowing aspect of higher education finance.  A significant percentage of students find that grants, scholarships, work-study, savings, PA529, and other funding sources are insufficient to meet the total cost of attending postsecondary school.  In an ideal situation, borrowing would not be necessary; yet, considering the lifelong value of a higher education, borrowing can be a smart investment.  Linda Pacewicz and Dan Wray of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program will provide an in-depth look at federal and private education loans, to include calculating the amount to borrow, understanding loan terms and conditions, navigating the application process, keeping an eye on debt levels while attending college, and effectively managing debt after graduation.  The discussion will also provide a glimpse into the world of credit decisions.  Please register below to join us for one or more of these informative presentations.  Active participation is encouraged via Q&A!

Register for a webinar link    9/22, 9/23, 9/29 and 10/1

Virtual College Visits

Colleges across the country have announced opportunities for virtual visits, chats with students in various majors, and admissions information sessions as a result of schools being closed. We will add links, information and opportunities for you to make the most of virtual college visit opportunities. Check back for updates!

Below the list of individual schools are fantastic guides for how to choose a college when you can’t actually visit it!

As you conduct your virtual visits please use this form to compare schools: OR Use this chart to record your answers.

PMHS will be holding a Virtual College Fair on NOV 2! Stay tuned for more information!


There will be a FREE Keystone Virtual College Exploration registration starts Sept 17 at Noon –

Individual College Information: (Updated Regularly)

American University has many virtual experience opportunities. They encourage everyone to enjoy a virtual experience of AU.

BLOOMSBURG Bloomsburg University of PA is currently offering students the opportunity to participate in daily virtual as well as in-person information sessions and tours.  In order to learn more and register for a visit they are more than welcome to visit this link,

Bowdoin: As you start to identify your college wish lists, you may be searching for ways to better understand a college.  You can begin with a number of virtual options, including short live information sessions,  virtual tours, and plenty of video content on  social media. 

DREXEL Drexel’s  Undergraduate Virtual Experience. This online opportunity is a great way for students and their families to get answers to their questions and learn about everything Drexel has to offer through live chat sessions with admissions representatives, virtual information sessions and tours, videos, student stories, downloadable brochures, and more.

EDINBORO University Explore how Edinboro University can help you strive for more. Join us for one our Virtual Fall Open House events for to discover more, September 26, October 24, and November 14. To make a reservation or find other dates that are available click here.

Elizabethtown College (Etown) Open House events have gone completely virtual and feature an opportunity to meet President Cecilia M. McCormick, interactive Q&A’s with our current students, and live academic presentations by our faculty. We will host two Virtual Open Houses this fall on Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, November 14. We’re also offering in-person Information Sessions as well as individual tours of campus so students can truly capture what a day at Etown is like. We encourage you to browse our Visit Page to see all options we have to offer.

George Washington Virtual High School Visit Week COVID-19 has changed the way we learn, live, and work. It also impacted your ability to visit GW and for us to meet you at college fairs this spring. We are very disappointed to not have the opportunity to share what we love most about GW. Therefore, we are launching GW Virtual Visits. Meet with the Northeast Team – Luke (PA, VT, NH, ME)

HACC will be conducting virtual Open Houses. During our virtual Open House, you will: Learn about the admissions process, Be able to speak with faculty, See a sample of an online class, and Hear from a current virtual learning student. Sign up at this link:

Harcum College is are offering students one-on-one meetings with admissions counselors. These can easily be arranged at our website. They are also offering virtual information sessions by major. See the Vet Services tour here.

VISIT IUP Culinary Program Events – Our virtual visit to the culinary campus features an admissions presentation and campus tour. Meet our students and faculty, and learn about degree options, job placement, student life, and more!

Talk with a student tour guide about Kutztown University and various majors at

MARIST is offering offering multiple virtual events each day. Click the link to check them out!

Millersville University Conduct virtual tours, information sessions and more

Moravian College we are offering virtual visits for students who wish to speak with an admission counselor, current student, faculty member, or coach. 

Neumann University The Visit Page has been redesigned to feature Virtual opportunities so check it out.

Norwich University You and your students are invited to join us for our weekly webinar series, “Norwich AMA” (Ask Me Anything). We will be covering a variety of topics! Be sure to check the full listing to find the right topics for each student.

PENN STATE Visit Penn State’s campuses virtually to learn more about our powerful network across the state of Pennsylvania. These campus wide meetings will provide energetic meetings with admissions representatives and opportunities to learn about our top-notch academics, student life, and so much more. Penn State Days September 26-October 10, for more info or to register click here.

Point Park’s Admission Office will assist students via phone, email, live chat and web to help keep you on track.  Click here for more information or a virtual visit.

Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University: Our staff is ready to meet with you through virtual appointments and meetings. We have created helpful digital handouts, an eye-catching presentation, virtual tours and many other offerings to allow you to feel connected to our school and to learn all about the incredible programs at Tyler and Temple University.

Virtual Event
(Free and open to the public)
Saturday, October 10
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Register Now!

University of Alabama Virtual Information Sessions: In lieu of on-campus visits, we have a virtual information session available. Many of the individual colleges also offer virtual sessions for students who are interested in learning more about Arts & Sciences, Business, Communication, Engineering, Honors, Human & Environmental Sciences, and Nursing. Students and families interested in participating can click this link to sign up.

University of Delaware developed the Preparing for College website, an easy-to-use resource for sophomores, juniors and seniors. On the website students can find advice on writing essays, resources for exploring majors, a timeline for students to plan their senior year—and much more. See a virtual tour with this link.

UMASS Learn more about UMass Lowell at our virtual info sessions tudents and their families are able to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor

West Virginia University: No matter where you are, you can connect with West Virginia University from the comfort of home. Click this link for a virtual tour and other resources.

Wilkes University: Juniors and sophomores may have originally planned this spring for visiting campuses and finding out more about their top schools. We have a solution! We’ve created a virtual experience just for underclassmen to learn more about Wilkes, without ever leaving their home. Students can even schedule one-on-one virtual meetings with counselors, in addition to learning about campus life, current students, academic offerings, and more!

Williams College Exploring Campus Campus will be closed to the public until at least May 4, but we’ve developed a number of ways to explore Williams from where you are, including virtual tours and information sessions, and opportunities to connect with current students and admission and financial aid staff. If you’re interested in arranging a virtual group session, we can do that, too. All of the details can be found here.

Choosing a College When You Can’t Visit Campus
(A Guide for Students)

Question 1: How supported and satisfied are freshmen?  
Look at the retention rate for full-time students in the Retention and Graduation Rates section of College Navigator. The Retention Rate describes the percent of full-time students who returned to the college as sophomores. Think of the Retention Rate as the “freshmen satisfaction score,” because it describes the percent of students who were satisfied with and supported by the college enough to return as sophomores.  
Question 2: How many students make it to graduation?
This information is also in the Retention and Graduation Rates section of the College Navigator. Pay particular attention to the Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees section, where it indicates what percentage of freshmen make it through to graduation at that college in four or six years.  Also make note of the Transfer-out rate, which tells you the percent of students who transferred to another college before graduation.
Question 3: How likely am I to have close interactions with professors?
You can find the student-to-faculty ratio up near the top of the page in the College Navigator. Colleges with lower student-to-faculty ratios tend to have more small classes, while colleges with higher ratios tend to have more large lecture hall type classes.
Question 4: How many other students are in the major(s) I am interested in?
In the Programs/Majors section of the College Navigator, you can find how many people received bachelor’s degrees across all of the programs offered. Review this list for two reasons. First, ensure the college offers programs you are interested in. Second, take a look at how many students graduate with degrees in the areas you are interested in. The number of students graduating with the degrees of interest to you can lead to other questions. For example, if only three people graduate with a degree in a program you are interested in, you may want to find out why.  
Question 5: How diverse is the student body? 
In the Enrollment section of the College Navigator, review the Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity information to see how ethnically diverse the student body is. While most of the categories here make intuitive sense, note that the “nonresident alien” category refers to international students.
Question 6: How much will it cost to attend this college?
The best source of information to answer this question will come from the college itself, communicated in a financial aid award notification to you. If this isn’t available, use the net price calculator for the college or information provided in the Net Price section of the College Navigator to estimate first year costs. Other questions to consider when thinking about costs are: “How do I maintain scholarship eligibility?” and “How much are costs likely to rise over the next few years?” These are questions a financial aid or admission counselor from the college can likely answer easily. Also, try to think about the difference between price and value as you reflect on your findings. For example, if College A ($12,000/year) has smaller classes and more programs of study you are interested in than College B ($10,000/year), College A may be the better value for you even though it has a higher price. When you have a good idea of how much each college will cost, take it a step further on your own and figure out what your monthly loan repayment will be. 
Question 7: What is the average salary of graduates? shows the starting salary range for graduates. Navigate to the Fields of Study section and review the Highest Earnings for the 10 top earning majors at the college. You may be able to find a specific major of interest by exploring this website further.  

Debunk College Myths

Myth 1: “The college I choose determines the next four years of my life.” 

Fact: Students can and do transfer from one college to another all the time. In fact, about one in three students transfer at least once before finishing a degree. Of course, it’s easier if you do not transfer colleges. Transferring may lead to lost credits and delay your graduation, for example, but to think you can’t change your mind later is not helpful or accurate.

Myth 2: “I have to decide on a major before I get to college.”

Fact: Knowing what you want to study can be helpful, but it’s OK if you aren’t sure. Most colleges give you time to explore before formally declaring a major. About one in three students change their major at least once. In most majors, you have time to explore and figure out what you want to study and still graduate within four years, although some STEM majors are an exception.

Myth 3: “There is only one college that is right for me.”

Fact: There are many good colleges; making a college choice is a good problem to have. You are likely making a choice among many good options. You are more responsible for your success than the college you attend. You create your own success; the college does not create it for you. 

Myth 4: “A college education is not worth the money.”

Fact: People with a bachelor’s degree earn $461 more each week than people with a high school diploma. That’s nearly $24,000 a year and nearly $1 million dollars across a 40-year career. College is expensive, and we all wish it were cheaper, but it is a sound investment for most people.Use this chart to record your answers.

Senior Class Counseling Update!

Hello Seniors!

The Penn Manor school counselors hope this message finds you well and in good health! We hope you had a great summer and are ready for the new school year!

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Please click HERE! This update contains important information for your senior year such as senior interview, senior checklist, college and career chats, how to send your transcript and how to connect your Common Application with Xello.

If you have any questions or would like to follow-up with your school counselor, please email your counselor!

Have a great day and we look forward to working with you virtually and in-person!😃   

Transcript Request Process Reminder AND New Directions for Students Applying with the Common Application

How to send your transcript to colleges not using the Common Application:

  • Log into Xello
  • Under Goals & Plans on the student dashboard, click on College Applications
  • Click on Manage under College Planning
  • Click on Create Your First Application 
  • Search and select the school that will be receiving the transcript, the click Next
  • From the requirements list, click to Request Transcript 
  • View your sent transcripts by clicking Options and selecting Track My Requests. 

NEW – If you are applying to schools using the Common Application you will need to take the following steps.

Link your Common Application with Xello

Here is a link to a video showing the process Linking Xello Account to Common Application

  1. From your  Student Dashboard, under Goals & Plans, click College Planning.
  2. Click View My Applications to see your full list of colleges you are tracking.
  3. At the top of the page, in the banner with the Common App logo, click Connect.
    • A pop-up may indicate that you may need to redo tasks you’ve previously completed. This could include requesting a transcript or a recommendation letter.
    • The Common App login page opens.
  4. Sign in to the Common App (or create a new account if you haven’t yet).
    • Once you’ve successfully logged into Common App, you’ll be redirected back to the page you left in Xello.
    • The banner at the top of the page now states the accounts are connected.

How to Send Transcripts to Schools You have Applied to using the Common Application 

  1. From your  Student Dashboard, under Goals & Plans, students click College Planning.
  2. Click View My Applications to see the full list of colleges you are tracking.
  3. Click on a college with the Common App logo to open a brief profile of that college.
  4. Next to Transcript,  click Request to open the list of counselors at your school.
  5. Choose your counselor and click Select.
  6. They have the option to deselect and remove that counselor to select another.
  7. Click Next and you will be returned to the college page.
  8. A banner at the top of the page indicates success.

How students request a recommendation letter be sent through XELLO to Colleges Using the Common Application

  1. Navigate to the college you want a recommendation letter sent.
    • For a reminder, follow steps 1 through 3 above.
  2. Next to Recommendation Letters,  click Request to open the list of every educator at your school in Xello.
  3. Choose the referrer you’d like and click Select to begin filling out the recommendation letter request.
    • You are required to type a personal note to the referrer.
    • Prompts are listed on the side to give ideas.
  4. Once finished,  click Send and you will be  returned to the college page. A banner at the top of the page will indicate success

Penn Manor Will Host ACT on September 12th!

Attention Seniors!

Did you have the opportunity to take the ACT? Here’s your chance! Penn Manor will offer the ACT on Saturday, September 12th. The deadline to register is August 31st.

To register, click here: REGISTER FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH ACT


  1. Even though most colleges will be flexible with admission requirements due to the pandemic, your test scores may benefit you and help you stand out in a crowded field of applicants. Think of your college application like a jigsaw puzzle. With each piece of information—GPA, extracurricular activities, volunteer hours, test scores, awards—you are giving colleges a complete picture of who you are. If you don’t include an ACT score, you’re removing part of the picture. Consider testing or retesting, to help you create a colorful record of your academic achievements.
  2. Achieve your best score. Every point matters. Increasing your ACT score by one point could close the gap between your application and an acceptance letter. Improving your score could also help you qualify for more scholarship money. Consider taking the ACT in September or October so you can get your new scores back in time to use on application deadlines. 

**If you are in need of a fee waiver, please contact Mrs. Snyder at

Virtual College Visits Scheduled- sign up now

Admissions officers from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University invite you and your students to learn about our institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get your questions answered.

Meant as a brief introduction to the signature aspects of each institution, we’ll spend the bulk of our time sharing application advice, financial aid insights, and answering questions submitted by students in advance.

We appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your students if at all possible. You and your colleagues are certainly welcome to attend. The Coast to Coast group is planning on holding a set of counselor events this fall.WHEN

Sunday, August 30, 2020
3 p.m. Eastern Time

Webinar link sent upon registration.


Monday, August 31, 2020
5 p.m. Eastern Time

Webinar link sent upon registration.
An RSVP is required.

Update from ACT on Fall Testing

ACT Adds New Fall 2020 National Test Dates to Address Students’ Need for Scores

ACT has added three new national test dates to its fall 2020 national testing schedule to provide more opportunities for students to earn a full ACT test score for admissions decisions, scholarship opportunities, placement, and college and career insights. These additions will help meet the demand for testing caused by COVID-19-related cancellations and social distancing requirements that limited test centers’ capacities this spring and summer. A total of eight test dates will be available for students for fall 2020 national testing.

The updated fall 2020 ACT national test schedule:


  • Saturday, September 12 (existing) * Penn Manor plans to administer the ACT on this test date
  • Sunday, September 13 (non-Saturday, existing)
  • Saturday, September 19 (new)


  • Saturday, October 10 (new)
  • Saturday, October 17 (new)
  • Saturday, October 24 (existing)
  • Sunday, October 25 (non-Saturday, existing)


  • Saturday, December 12 (existing)

In addition to the new test dates, all students will be able to register for existing non- Saturday test dates in September and October, when registration opens at the end of July. Fall 2020 testing will include the same screening and social distancing requirements for students and test center staff that were successfully implemented for the June national test date, administered in 45 states.

Registrants who are not comfortable adhering to required social distancing guidelines or facing the potential impact of test center changes and cancellations, are encouraged to request a full refund at Students registering for fall 2020 tests will also be eligible for full refunds due to test center changes and cancellations prior to testing.

Beginning in September 2020, ACT will offer the option to report a superscore for students who have taken the ACT test more than once, and will offer four fee waivers to qualifying students (double the number previously offered). However, in light of capacity limitations due to COVID-19, and to provide more opportunities for first-time test-takers in need of full ACT test scores, ACT has postponed its planned rollout of section retesting and online testing until 2021.

“Our top priority is to provide safe access to testing for students who are first-time test- takers,” said Godwin. “While we know the delay in section retesting is disappointing to a number of students, we are also aware that the additional dates will be welcome news to many students looking for opportunities to continue along their college and career- going journey, and we wish them good health and success.”