College & Career Center
South High School provides a comprehensive college & career planning service. The College & Career Center is available for student use, providing access to resources for planning and researching post-high-school careers and educational experiences.
DGS College & Career Counselors
Ann Lichaj (college applications)
Naviance is the career and college planning tool used at Downers Grove South High School. There are many resources in Naviance and all students are required to log into Naviance through our Focus Program. Parents are also encouraged to use Naviance.
User Name: student south high e-mail address
Password: create your own password
Tools and resourses in Naviance
Matriculate - This non-profit organization provides free virtual college advising and pairs low-income students with a gpa above3.5 with current college students to act as their mentor while working with them one-on-one throughout the college and financial aid process.
Collegewise - This company provides free weekly webinars to receive information from current college counselors and former admissions representatives on a wide variety of topics related to the college admissions process. As well, check out this resource library with guides, podcasts, videos, etc. if you are unable to attend the live webinars.
College Essay Guy - This company provideds free guides on picking an essay topic, sample college essays, a guide to the "Why Us" essay, tips on how to complete your activities list of your Common Applicaton, information about financial aid, and much more! Its Matchlighters Scholars program provides high-achieveing students (3.0 and above) low-incme students with one-to-one advising on their college essay for up to 10 hours with a trained college counselor.
College Search 101 YouTube Video Series - This series of videos are fun, short, insightfil, and provide a broad look at the college search and application process.
Concourse - On Concourse, you can be discovered by universities around the world that match your regional, academic, and financial requirements, and receive admissions offers and scholarships with no application required!
Niche - Students can use this free website to take a college search quiz and explore colleges in order to build their list of potential schools. The website also has a college comparison tool and a college chances calculator to help students understand their chances of being admitted.
Other College Resources
AffordableCollegesOnline.org - (if you're considering online college options, here are some resources. Carefully consider online options as not all resources and opportunities may be available as compared to an in person college/university experience.
College Degree Fundamentals
Financial Aid Overview
College Decision Process Considerations
Virtual College Tours
DGS School Profile - 2022-2023