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
Download the College Admissions 101 PowerPoint (pdf)

Wednesday, Aug. 25 3:30 p.m. College Admissions 101
Download the College Admissions 101 PowerPoint (pdf)
Thursday, Aug. 26 7 p.m. Selective College Admissions: Five Important Tips
Download the Selective College Admissions PowerPoint (pdf)
Monday, Aug. 30 3:30 p.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
Download Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors PowerPoint (pdf)
Wednesday, Sept. 1 5 p.m. Selective College Admissions:  Five Important Tips
Download the Selective College Admissions PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Selective College Admissions Webinar (YouTube)
Thursday, Sept. 9 7:15 p.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
Download Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors PowerPoint (pdf)
Friday, Sept. 10 12 p.m. (noon)

College Admissions 101 Webinar
Download the College Admissions 101 PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the College Admissions 101 Webinar (YouTube)

Monday, Sept. 13 7 p.m. Senior Parent Night Program
Download the Senior Parent Night Program PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Senior Parent Night Program (YouTube)
Wednesday, Sept. 15 5 p.m. Senior Parent Night Program
Download the Senior Parent Night Program PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Senior Parent Night Program (YouTube)
Friday, Sept. 17 12 p.m. (noon)

Selective College Admissions:  Five Important Tips
Webinar
Download the Selective College Admissions:  Five Important Tips PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Selective College Admissions Webinar (YouTube)

Monday, Sept. 20 7 p.m. Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors
Download Completing a College Application – Practical Advice for Seniors PowerPoint (pdf)
Tuesday, Sept. 21 7 p.m. Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
Download the Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities PowerPoint (pdf)
Monday, Sept. 27 4 p.m.

Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
Webinar
Download the Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
Webinar (YouTube)

Thursday, Sept. 30 7:15 a.m.

Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities
Download the Admission to Big Public Flagship Universities PowerPoint (pdf)

Monday, Oct. 4 7 p.m. College Admissions and the Student Athlete
Download College Admissions and the Student Athlete PowerPoint (pdf)
Wednesday, Oct. 6 3:30 p.m. College Admissions and the Student Athlete
Download College Admissions and the Student Athlete PowerPoint (pdf)
Thursday, Oct. 7 3:30 p.m.

Touring Colleges
Download Touring Colleges PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Touring Colleges Webinar (YouTube)

Monday, Oct. 11 7 p.m.

Touring Colleges 
Download Touring Colleges PowerPoint (pdf)
Watch the Touring Colleges Webinar (YouTube)

Thursday, Oct. 14 7 p.m. A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges
Download A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges PowerPoint (pdf)
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

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 920 1846 2529
Passcode: 946163

Tuesday, Oct. 26 3:30 p.m. A Closer Look at Community and Technical Colleges
MHS Forum
Monday, Jan. 31 7 p.m. Junior Parent Program -- A Kick-off to the College Search Process
MHS Arts Center
Student Activities