College & Career Planning

College & Career Planning

NCSSM is committed to supporting students as they navigate the college application process. The following college planning resources are available for students: 

Individual & Group College Planning Sessions

Students are encouraged to direct their college planning questions to their School Counselor for support. Mandatory and optional meetings will be held throughout the year for all students to discuss important aspects of the college application process and scholarships.

College Representative Visits

College representatives visit NCSSM throughout the year, with a majority of the visits occurring during the fall semester. 

College & Career Planning

Students will enroll in the College and Career Planning course during the second semester of their junior year. The class is co-taught by counselors and residential education instructors and provides a wealth of information about the college application process.

Financial Assistance Program

Families and guardians who would like to be considered for financial assistance, including fee waivers, should visit the Financial Assistance webpage. If approved, students can receive PSAT, SAT, ACT, and college admission fee waivers.

Financial Aid Planning & Scholarship Resources

Learn more about financial aid and scholarships by clicking on the following link: 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Career Planning

Counseling Services offers a variety of opportunities and tools for students to explore different career possibilities, discover what their interests are, and learn where their skill sets fall. These tools can be found in Naviance.


Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes. It includes college searches and matches, career inventories, scholarship searches, enrichment programs, and test prep for ACT/SAT. It is also the program that NCSSM Counseling Services uses to send transcripts to colleges, scholarships, and enrichment programs. More information can be found HERE.

College Representatives

We invite you to visit NCSSM to meet our students. The best days to visit are Monday through Thursday in the late afternoon. To schedule a visit, please contact Pam Oxendine (NCSSM-Durham) and/or Suzanne Gavenus (NCSSM-Morganton).

Upon your arrival, please check in at the Bryan lobby front desk (Durham) or Goodwin Hall first floor lobby desk (Morganton). Click here for directions.

School Counselors