College Planning

There are so many things to consider when you are preparing for college.  All college bound students are encouraged to start planning early.  Please take some time to refer to the checklists for students available on our website. College planning can be an intimidating process. Know that the College and Career Center is a great place to come and ask your questions. Look for upcoming events and workshops, or just simply stop in and ask Mrs. Farris a question. Also, McNary counselors, teachers and staff want to help you navigate this road to college…we all want you to succeed and will be here every step of the way.  Below are some important things to consider on your path to college and beyond.


OREGON CIS (Career Information System)

The College and Career Center along with McNary High School Counselors, teachers and staff use the Oregon CIS to provide resources, tools and information to guide students through their college and career planning. All students at McNary should have a profile to help create a Personal Education Plan (PEP) which allows students to define their personal strengths, determine educational and career goals and maintain an Activities, Service and Employment Resume.

This program also allows students to search comprehensive databases of colleges and scholarships.  For example, students can identify possible programs or majors they might be interested in studying in college and CIS can identify all schools with that particular program available. Then students can use that information and begin to cross-compare the schools identified, looking at cost, admission requirements, campus life, financial aid offered and scholarship information.

One of the most valuable tools in CIS is the Resume Creator. Throughout high school, students save information to the Resume Creator about their education history, work history, volunteer work, achievements, activities, skills, and personal references. Students use the information stored in the Resume Creator to apply to schools, scholarships, and jobs. The Resume Creator provides four standard resume formats that students can choose from when exporting their resume to a Word, PDF, or TXT document. After exporting resumes, students should review and edit them for the specific audience they’re addressing.

Oregon’s Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) has conveniently interfaced with the Oregon CIS system to help students apply for scholarships. As students complete the Personal Education Plan (PEP) over the course of their 4 years in high school they will be able to use the information they have recorded in their Resume Creator and transfer that information into the OSAC Scholarship Application to complete the Activities Chart section of their scholarship application.



Considering how to pay for college can be a little overwhelming! Financial Aid, scholarships, grants and loans are the primary ways families pay for a college education. The College and Career Center will have College and Financial Aid Information events each year to help you gain a deeper understanding of the financial aid process.  It’s never too early to become educated about student financial aid. All students and families are welcome to attend all events (no matter their year in school).

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to receiving aid for college and is used by most schools to award financial aid. Students can first apply for the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year. It is VERY important to fully complete this application in order to be considered for as much aid as possible from the schools you are applying. You must also identify the schools you want your FAFSA information sent to. School codes for all colleges, universities or trade schools are found on the FAFSA website.  Please see more information on the FAFSA and financial aid process on our website under Senior Checklist.

Scholarships are another great way to help pay for college. The College and Career Center at McNary has many helpful resources for you to use when searching for scholarships. Surprisingly, scholarships are not limited to Seniors. Check out our Scholarship Resources Tab to get some additional information.



Students athletes need to begin narrowing their choice of schools beginning their junior year. Contact schools you are interested in playing collegiate sports. Take an official tour of campus, connect with the coaching staff, attend summer camps at those schools you are interested. In doing all of these things, you will be able to better identify if this is where you want to play, if the culture is right for you and if the schools you are interested have the academic programs you intend to study.

The next step is to make sure that the courses you are are taking your Junior and Senior years align with NCAA or NAIA requirements. Also, when taking your SAT or ACT, make sure to send those scores to the appropriate college athletic association.

Register with the Collegiate Athletic Associations – based on the division of school you are interested in attending:

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Roughly 460,000 student-athletes compete at more than 1,000 colleges and universities.

Contact NCAA Eligibility Center


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA): More than 60,000 student-athletes compete at more than 250 member colleges and universities.

Contact NAIA Eligibility Center

Student athletes interested in playing sports in college must register with the appropriate athletic eligibility center (based on the school of choice) to be eligible to play in college and/or receive athletic scholarships.

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Roughly 60,000 student-athletes compete at more than 500 two-year colleges. The level of competition varies from conference to conference. Students must transfer to another college to complete a bachelor’s degree and may continue their athletic career at a four-year school. Some athletic scholarships are available.

Contact the NJCAA



PSAT Testing Day at McNary High School is October 19th, 2016 – All Sophomore students (10th grade) will take the PSAT free of charge. Juniors (11th grade) who would like to re-take the PSAT must register and pay a fee of $16. This opportunity for Juniors is well worth the time and money.  Some scholarships (Example: National Merit Scholarship) require PSAT testing scores from a student’s junior year in high school…sophomore scores may not be used.

ACT Test Dates

2016-17 ACT Test Dates

Test Dates Registration Dates
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016
September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017

SAT Test Dates

2016-2017 SAT ® Test Dates

Test Dates* Registration Dates
October 1, 2016 September 1, 2016
November 5, 2016 October 7, 2016
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017

Students go online to register for the ACT and SAT tests




AP Testing – AP testing takes place during the first two weeks of May.  May 1 – May 12, 2016


All Registration Costs for the SAT and ACT (Updated for 2015-16)

Let’s first look at the cost of registering for the test, and extra fees.

Fee Type What is this? SAT Cost ACT Cost
Registration Fee The normal fee for each administration of the test you register for $57 ($45 without writing) $58.50

($42.50 without writing)

Late Fee Charged if you register after the regular deadline but before the final late deadline $28.00 $27.50
Waitlist Fee Charged if you register after the late registration deadline and are seated on test day. $46.00 $51.00
Change Fee Charged if you change the test center, test date, or test type $28.00 $24.00
Question and Answers An optional service that sends you the test questions and correct answers (useful for seeing what mistakes you made) $18.00 $20.00
International Fees Charged if you’re taking the test outside of the United States $35 to $53 $41.00



To request an official or unofficial  transcript Click here For additional questions contact Carol Miller, the registrar – 503-399-3147 or email