Signal Mountain Middle High School

College & Career Prep

Sandy Mitchum, College Advisor

423-886-0880 ext. 52147, [email protected]

Margaret Gigandet, Ed.S., College Advisor

423-886-0880 ext. 52120   [email protected]

The purpose of your college advisor is to collaborate with and support the existing counseling program by serving as a resource for college and financial aid information for students, parents, faculty and staff.

At SMMHS, our ideals include the belief that every student should have the opportunity to go to college. We will work to help increase awareness of postsecondary opportunities, find the right college match for your child, and present as many scholarship opportunities as possible. Specific activities and opportunities to make this possible for students include:

  • Conducting curriculum and college planning workshops for students in grades 9 and 10
  • Conduct classroom advisory sessions on topics such as: how to write a strong essay for scholarships, what a great personal statement looks like, and how to find the right college for you
  • Meeting one-on-one with students during spring of the junior year or early fall of the senior year to build and refine postsecondary plans
  • Maintaining a college counseling database for ongoing accountability, end-of-year reports, and college matriculation follow-up
  • Conduct financial aid workshops and work with support staff from local universities to assist in completing your FAFSA (free application for federal student aid)
  • Coordinating college tours and/or college representative visits to the schools
  • Assisting students with college and scholarship applications

Links      FAFSA      ACT        Collegeboard (SAT)            TN College Information 

Scholarship Websites: 

Top 175 Scholarships:

College Essay Tips:

ACT Dates 23-24Test-Date-Schedule-National-2023-2024.pdf

SAT Dates 23-24sat-test-dates-poster.pdf

College Guide for SeniorsSenior-Next-Guide-Class-of-2024-Final.pdf


2023-2024-Preparing for College Guide.pdf

How to Find a College That Fits You 3.doc


College Search in TN:
College Search outside of TN:
SMMHS School Profile 23-242023-2024 Profile (1).pdf

FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) support:


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