College Counseling

Trout,_Phil

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 15th 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?
  • What colleges have adopted a test-optional policy in admissions?

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.

Information for Your College Search

2021-22 Schedule

Presentations or handouts and links to recorded webinars are posted below when available.

Date Time Event
Monday, Aug. 23 7 p.m. College Admissions 101
MHS Forum
Thursday, Aug. 25 3:30 p.m. College Admissions 101
MHS Forum
Friday, Aug. 26 7 p.m. Selective College Admissions:  Five Important Tips
MHS Forum
Monday, Aug. 30 3:30 p.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
MHS Forum
Wednesday, Sept. 1 5 p.m. Selective College Admissions:  Five Important Tips
MHS Forum
Thursday, Sept. 9 7:15 p.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
MHS Forum
Friday, Sept. 10 12 p.m. (noon) College Admissions 101
Webinar
Monday, Sept. 13 7 p.m. Senior Parent Night Program
​​​​​​​MHS Arts Center
Wednesday, Sept. 15 5 p.m. Senior Parent Night Program
Webinar
Friday, Sept. 17 12 p.m. (noon) Selective College Admissions:  Five Important Tips
Webinar
Monday, Sept. 20 7 p.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
​​​​​​​MHS Forum
Tuesday, Sept. 21 7 p.m. Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
​​​​​​​MHS Forum
Monday, Sept. 27 4 p.m. Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 30 7:15 a.m. Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
​​​​​​​MHS Forum
Monday, Oct. 4 7 p.m. College Admissions and the Student Athlete
​​​​​​​MHS Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 6 3:30 p.m. College Admissions and the Student Athlete
​​​​​​​MHS Forum
Thursday, Oct. 7 3:30 p.m. Touring Colleges
​​​​​​​MHS Forum
Monday, Oct. 11 7 p.m. Touring Colleges
Webinar
Monday, Oct. 18 7 p.m. A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges
MHS Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 19 3:30 p.m. A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges
MHS Forum
Monday, Oct. 25 4 p.m. A Workshop on Financial Aid and Scholarships
MHS Forum
Monday, Oct. 25 7 p.m. A Workshop on Financial Aid and Scholarships
​​​​​​​Webinar
Monday, Jan. 31 7 p.m. Junior Parent Program -- A Kick-off to the College Search Process
​​​​​​​MHS Arts Center
Student Activities