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?

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

2020-21 Schedule

All programs are offered virtually via GoToWebinar, unless otherwise noted. Presentations or handouts and links to recorded webinars are posted below when available.

Date Time Event
Tuesday, Aug. 25 3 p.m.

Webinar: College Admissions 101
View the College Admissions 101 Presentation (pdf)
Watch the College Admissions 101 Webinar (YouTube)

Monday, Aug. 31 3 p.m.

Webinar: Selective College Admissions - Five Important Tips
View the Selective College Admissions Presentation (pdf)
Watch the Selective College Admissions Webinar (YouTube)

Wednesday, Sept. 9 12 p.m.

Webinar: College Admissions 101
View the College Admissions 101 Presentation (pdf)
Watch the College Admissions 101 Webinar (YouTube)

Thursday, Sept. 17 3 p.m. Webinar: Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
View the Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities Presentation (pdf)
Watch the Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities Webinar (YouTube)
Thursday, Sept. 24 7 p.m.

Webinar: Senior Parent Program
View the Senior Parent Program Presentation(pdf)
Watch the Senior Parent Program Webinar (YouTube)

Monday, Sept. 28 3 p.m.

Webinar: College Admissions and the Student Athlete
View the College Admissions and the Student Athlete presentation (pdf)
Watch the College Admissions and the Student Athlete Webinar (YouTube)

Monday, Oct. 26 4 p.m. Webinar: A Workshop on Financial Aid and Scholarships - Register here
Monday, Feb. 1 7 p.m. Junior Parent Program: A Kick-off to the College Search Process (Arts Center)
Student Activities