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MPSEOC | Montana Colleges
Counselor Corner 
|  Spring 2017
Helping Keep Montana Education Connected

The updates, resources, and information below are intended as a tool for your professional development, as well as, for connecting you with your co-counselors and college admissions officers statewide. Please enjoy, utilize, and contribute to our Counselor Corner edition.  Take what you need, leave the rest, and tell us what else you would like to see here!

Happy Spring, Montana Counselors!


With snowy, wintry days behind us, we at MPSEOC & the Montana Colleges would like to wish you all a very happy start to the warmth of springtime!  This time also brings campus visits, decision deadlines, and preparing for orientations.  Thus, we would like to share a few important updates and resources for the last few months of the school year. 

Included in this Springtime edition, you will find:

  • Important MPSEOC | Montana Colleges Announcements
  • 2017 September Montana College Fair Dates
  • Important Montana Education Announcements  |  directly from GEAR UP, MUS, Reach Higher Montana, OPI, MCIS, American Indian College Fund, and other affiliate organizations
  • Campus Visit & Tour Information   |  for all 25 Montana colleges & universities
  • Upcoming Professional Development Conferences & Meetings
  • Resources, reminders, & much more  |  Read through and please tell us what else you'd like to see here!

A special thank you to those of you who brought your students to this year's Tribal College Fair Circuit.  This year, the Circuit was attended by over 60 colleges, universities, businesses, agencies, and beyond serving hundreds of Montana students.  


All of your continued hard work allows us to preserve and grow the quality of these events.  Thank you for all the good work you do for students and Montana.  It is an honor to team with all of you in this mission.

Wishing you a very happy season!
~MPSEOC  |  Montana Colleges, Lauren, & Amy



MARK YOUR CALENDARS  |  Dates & Deadlines

|  September Montana College Fair Circuit  |  You are specially invited! Mark your calendars!
Eastern Region  |  September 11 - 14 

Central Region  |  September 18 - 21 
Western Region  |  September 25 - 28
* Look for more information coming soon in the mail!

|  2017  College Application Week  |  The Week of November  6-10

|  Full Circle Scholarship Program  |  American Indian College Fund | Accepting applications  through 05/31/17  | Apply...

2017 Tribal College Fair Circuit  |  Photos! 

|  See the pictures of the fairs and of the hosting tribal college campuses!
|  Please email to us any additional photos you may have as well:

Thank you for showing your great statewide spirit and support of students! 
Preview photos shared from MT colleges supporting your students.

Special events and deadlines are listed below. Any events listed have been verified by our representatives at each college!   Click each institution to schedule a tour online (where available) or to be directed to a campus contact information webpage.

Aaniiih' Nakoda College   |  Spring Fling, 05/08/17
Blackfeet Community College   | 
Carroll College  |   Admitted Student Open House, 04/10/17 (Register)

Chief Dull Knife College  | 
City College, MSU Billings  | 
Dawson Community College 
Registration for New Students, begins 04/03/17  |  Scholarship Application Deadline, 04/05/17 
Flathead Valley Community College  |  Experience FVCC Preview Day,  04/21/17   (Register)  |  2017 Registration for New Students, begins 05/02/17  |  Running Start Registration, begins 05/22/17
Fort Peck Community College  | 
Gallatin College, MSU  | 
Great Falls College, MSU  |  Registration for New Students, begins 04/19/17

Helena College, UM  |  Helena College Day, 04/21/17

Highlands College of Montana Tech   |  Admission Application Deadline, 08/11/17
Little Big Horn College  | 
Miles Community College  | 
Missoula College, UM 
Montana State University  |  MSU Fridays,  06/16/17 (Register)
MSU Billings  | 
MSUB Powwow, 04/07-04/08/17  (Register)  | 
Native Student Preview Day, 04/12/17 
MSU Northern  |  Technology-Knowledge-Exposition (TekNoXpo), 04/20/2017 (Register)
Montana Tech of UM  |  Tech Day, 04/07/17 (Register)
Rocky Mountain College  |  Scholarship Recognition Dinner & Early Registration Event, 04/07-04/08/17 (Register)
Salish Kootenai College  |   Classes Begin, 04/02/17
Stone Child College  | 

University of Great Falls  |  Rolling Admissions Application Deadline, 08/01/17
University of Montana  |  UM Days, 04/07/17 & 04/14/17  (Register)  |  Griz Night, 07/06-07/07/17 (Register)
University of Montana Western  |  Fall Registration Opens, 05/01/17  |  WUE Scholarship Deadline, 07/01/17  |  Priority Admissions Deadline, 07/01/17

Campus Tour/Visit Availability - PDF
A comprehensive listing of each campus's general visit/tour availability times and specific contact persons (where available). 


  • Montana Career Lab | "A collection of career planning resources" | Summary Video (5 minutes)  |  Facebook Page (updated daily with resources for students aged K-12)

Reach Higher Montana

  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update |  The data retrieval tool used to complete the FAFSA is not currently operational. However, students can still complete the FAFSA with the help of RHM advisors help, if needed. The contact list can be found HERE . It is unknown when the data retrieval tool will be reinstated.
  • Free Access to Scholly Scholarship App | Scholly is a national scholarship search app, and Montana students can access it for free through the RHM website (
    • *Share the video below (linked here) with your students!


ABOUT | This section is driven by you, the counselors! Your advice, your resources, your articles, your stories.  Each issue will feature a different opportunity to share.  Send in responses to be shared with colleagues statewide over social media or in our next edition!

LAST MONTH |   We asked our college admission counselors their thoughts on "Prospective Student Interviews"...

What are your favorite and least favorite questions to converse about during a prospective student interview?

"Personally, I love ANY questions from a prospective student. To me, there are no right or wrong questions. Sometimes the more outlandish or specific the question, the better! I was once asked about who my favorite player was on our football team, and that prompted a fun conversation about some of our current students. I think it’s great for prospective students to have at least one question prepared beyond their intended major: a question about tutoring, student life, food, support staff or any other topic of interest. Questions convey engagement and interest, which makes the interview worthwhile for both the prospective student and admissions professional."

- Lindsay Brown, Great Falls Site Director, MSU Northern


THIS MONTH | What questions would you and your students like to anonymously ask a college admissions counselor? We will seek responses to your questions and include them in future Counselor's Corner editions!

|  Email your submission to: by 04/21/17.  


|  This section will list professional development opportunities such as relevant conferences, webinars, videos, and/or articles.  We would love for you to share any helpful resources you find as well.  Thank you!


Montana School Counselor Association Conference  | April 6-7, Bozeman
2017 Montana OPI Title I Conference  |  April 19-20, Helena
36th Annual Montana Indian Education Association Conference  |  April 19-22, Missoula
Native Youth Conference (for students)  |  April 20-21, Missoula 
IGNITE Montana Spring Conference  (JMG | Jobs for Montana Graduates)  |  April 26-27, Helena
|  American School Counselor Association Conference  |  July 8-11, Denver, CO
Reach Higher Montana Summit for Youth in Foster Care | June 19-22, Montana Tech | Applications accepted through April 17. Apply Here
Montana Data Use Culture Conference September 27-27, Helena



Here are some great webinars to join for free. (No Registration Required!)
|  Early College Counseling: Dos, Don’ts, and Strategies for Success  |  04/11/17, 1PM ET  |  The College Board  |  1 hour


Scholly  National scholarship search app - available free to all Montana students through funding by Reach Higher Montana (!
College Campus Visit Guide  |  Wisdom to share with your students!  |  Big Future/The College Board

Montana School Counseling Program Model Montana School Counselor Association
Financial Literacy for Students  |  Free On-Site Training for Students  |  Reach Higher Montana
Professional Resource More Free Workshops, Webinars, and PDF Resources  |  The College Board

American Indian College Fund
Bank of North Dakota
Montana University System - Student Financial Services
Office of Public Instruction (OPI)
Reach Higher Montana

|  Email any resources you may have to share to: 



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