College Counseling

Juniors and seniors, do you know Phil Trout? Our College Counselor is a key contact for your post-secondary planning and college search. He has personally toured hundreds of campuses and looks forward to sharing important insights with you.

It has often been said that the college search is a match to be made, and not a prize to be won. I’ll help you find the right fit. Phil Trout, the College Guy

Mr. Trout has a distinguished career as a College Counselor, and is now in his 11th year at Minnetonka. He previously served as the Director of College Counseling at Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul), Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Faribault) and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. He also has worked in college admissions at the University of Minnesota and the College of William and Mary. He is a Past-President of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling, and he served on the Minnesota ACT Council.

He served as President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) during the 2015-2016 school year.

To make an appointment, please email collegeguy@minnetonkaschools.org or
call 952-401-5746


College Entrance Testing

Do you have questions about college entrance tests?
  • Why should I take the PSAT?
  • What’s the difference between the ACT and SAT?
  • When should I take the ACT/SAT?
  • How many times should I take the ACT/SAT?
  • How can I prepare for college entrance tests?

These questions vary based on each student and their situation. It’s a good idea to have a conversation with your counselor about testing.

For general information, please visit the Testing and Assessments webpage.

Additional Resources

Information for Your College Search Programs in 2017-18

All programs are in the MHS Forum, unless otherwise noted. Presentations or handouts are posted below when available.

DateTimeEvent
Monday, Aug. 217 p.m.College Admissions 101
Tuesday, Aug. 223:30 p.m.College Admissions 101
Thursday, Aug. 247 p.m.College Admissions 101
Monday, Aug. 287 p.m.Selective College Admissions: Five Important Tips
Tuesday, Aug. 293:30 p.m.Selective College Admissions: Five Important Tips
Thursday, Aug. 317 p.m.Using the Common Application - Practical Advice for Seniors

Thursday, Sept. 77:15 a.m.

Using the Common Application - Practical Advice for Seniors

Friday, Sept. 8noonSelective College Admissions: Five Important Tips
View recorded webinar
View webinar presentation slides
Monday, Sept. 113:30 p.m.

Using the Common Application - Practical Advice for Seniors

Monday, Sept. 187 p.m.Senior Parent Night Program
Wednesday, Sept. 207 p.m.Using the Common Application - Practical Advice for Seniors
Monday, Sept. 257 p.m.Admission to the Big Public Flagship Universities
Wednesday, Sept. 273:30 p.m.Admission to the Big Public Flagship Universities
Monday, Oct. 27 p.m.College Admissions and the Student Athlete
Thursday, Oct. 53:30 p.m.

College Admissions and the Student Athlete

Friday, Oct. 6noonAdmission to the Big Public Flagship Universities
Monday, Oct. 167 p.m.A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges
Monday, Oct. 234 p.m. & 7 p.m.Financial Aid Program
Monday, Oct. 303:30 p.m.

A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges

Monday, Oct. 307 p.m.Looking for Scholarships
Wednesday, Nov. 13:30 p.m.

Looking for Scholarships

Thursday, Nov. 16noon

Webinar: It’s the FAFSA Season – Five Important Steps
Special guest: Chris George, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid from St. Olaf College

Wednesday, Jan. 24

4:30 & 7 p.m.

Junior Parent Night Program, Arts Center on 7

Students from the Class of 2017 on Decision Day