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Naviance

The guidance staff will use Naviance exclusively to guide students in grades 9-12 through the college preparation and application process. Naviance is also used to send transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other application forms to colleges for seniors. Each student and parent have their own account in Naviance. If you need your login information or have questions about your Naviance account, please email Mr. Creeden at tcreeden@dccs.org.

Learn about the features in Naviance

College Search

A frequently asked question that I get is, “What schools fit what we are looking for?” One tool that I always use and will continue to use because the results are really helpful, is the College Search tool in Naviance. What you can do when using this tool is only search for a college using the criteria that is important to you. For example, if you want to attend a college that has 10,000 or more students, is 180 miles from home and offers chemical engineering, you can do this easily through the College Search tool in Naviance. Once you enter each criteria one at a time and hit “view results” at the bottom of the page, you will see the number of colleges in Naviance’s database (it starts with 3,712 colleges) decrease each time until you have a list of schools you like. Once you have your list you can even make a top down list of those schools based on their enrollment, cost, SAT scores, etc.

In order to access College Search in your Naviance account just follow the steps below:

  1. Log-in to your account (if you need your password emailed to you please just e-mail Mr. Creeden)
  2. Click on the COLLEGES tab at the top of the page
  3. Under the College Resource section you will see a link for College Search

Do What You Are Career/Personality Assessment

Every DC high school student has access to this career and major assessment through their Naviance account. This assessment will go more into who you are as a person and then gives you what majors/occupations would fit who you are. This assessment also uses the Meyers-Briggs codes. Some of the feedback that you will receive from this assessment includes:

  • Understanding who you are
  • Strengths and blind-spots
  • For a career to be satisfying to you, it should…
  • Preferred learning style - How to communicate with you most effectively
  • Potential Careers and Majors to consider

Every junior is required to complete this assessment in Career Stewardship class but any high school student here at DC is welcome to complete it. In order to access this assessment in your Naviance account just follow the instructions below:

  1. Log-in to your account (if you need your password mailed to you please just e-mail Mr. Creeden)
  2. Click on the ABOUT ME tab at the top of the page
  3. Click on the link “personality type”

Learning Style Inventory

More than three decades of doctoral-level research provide compelling evidence that students’ learning styles can profoundly affect their academic achievement. Each of us learns differently, and meeting each students’ unique learning needs is critical to their success. The innovative Learning Style Inventory gives you important insights about how you learn so we as counselors and teachers can help each student achieve maximum potential. All DC High School students have the opportunity to take the Learning Style Inventory in their Naviance account. All freshman and juniors are required to complete this assessment as part of their seminar course.

In order to access the Learning Style Inventory program in your Naviance account just follow the steps below:

  1. Log-in to your account (if you need your password emailed to you please just e-mail Mr. Creeden)
  2. Click on the ABOUT ME tab at the top of the page
  3. Click on the learning style link on the left side of the page

National Scholarship Search

Every DC high school student has access to this very in-depth and detailed scholarship search through their Naviance account. This feature will allow you to enter some information about yourself including your academic credentials, course information, extracurricular information, etc., and it will then give you scholarships that meet your criteria. This search is done through Sallie Mae, a leading national company in providing loans and scholarship information.

After completing the preliminary information you will receive a list of scholarships that you can then look into to decide which ones may be the best for you to apply to.

In order to access this National Scholarship Search just follow the steps below:

  1. Log-in to your account (if you need your password mailed to you please just e-mail Mr. Creeden)
  2. Click on the COLLEGES tab at the top of the page
  3. At the bottom of this page you will see a section for Scholarships & Money.
  4. Click on the National Scholarship Search link in this section.

Road Trip Nation Interview Archive

RoadTrip Nation is a PBS documentary that covers colleges students who travel the United States interviewing experts in their field to understand the path they took in their career, how they overcame adversity, struggles they may have had getting to where they are today and advice they have for students seeking to understand what major or career would be best for them. This is a great resource for high school students to get practical, real-life, quality and very important advice right from the experts themselves. There are over 3.500 videos interviewing over 360 leaders in their field of expertise.

To order to access Roadtrip Nation just follow the steps below:

  1. Log-in to your Naviance account
  2. Click on the CAREERS tab
  3. Click on the "Explore More" link under the RoadTrip Nation section at the bottom of the page

Scattergrams

I get the question all the time, “Do you think I can get in?”, or “What do you think my chances are of getting in?”, or my favorite, “If it was up to you, would you accept me to (name school here)?”. I am not a big fan of answering these questions because there are so many factors that go in to being admitted to a college/university. The one tool in Naviance that really helps me answer these questions for students and parents though is called Scattergrams. What this unique tool does is takes DC graduates (you cannot see any names) who have been accepted, deferred or denied from various colleges/universities and puts them on an easy to read graph so that current DC students can see how they compare using G.P.A and test scores. The graph will also show you what the average GPA and test scores are that the specific college you are looking at wants to see.

In order to access Scattergrams in your Naviance account just follow the steps below:

  1. Log-in to your account (if you need your password emailed to you please just e-mail Mr. Creeden)
  2. Click on the COLLEGES tab at the top of the page
  3. Under the College Resource section you will see a link for Scattergrams
  4. Click on this link and select a college you want to view.
Contact Information

Trevor Creeden
Director of College & Career Counseling
610-353-6522 x2229
tcreeden@dccs.org

Janet Smyth
Administrative Assistant
610-353-6522 x2290
jsmyth@dccs.org