Counseling University Information


Applying to University is an exciting and sometimes stressful time of life. Your counselors at AISJ are prepared and happy to help you during this monumental time. Whether you have been planning to attend a certain university your whole life, or you have no idea where you want to study, your counselor at AISJ is a vital resource in your university application process.

As a counseling office, we look forward to supporting your university search and application process. Our goal is to help provide students and parents with the relevant information and resources they need when making plans for their futures. Students are encouraged to explore the resources on our webpage and to meet with their counselor regularly. It is important that you keep an open line of communication with your counselor throughout this process. Remember to keep up with deadlines, follow up with teacher recommendations and inform your counselor where to send your documents.
Planning ahead is key! Remember, choosing a university is about finding what best fits YOU. Just because you haven’t heard of a particular university before, it doesn’t mean it’s not a good university. 

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Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes.

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University Planning Timelines


Starting in grade 9, the AISJ HS Counselors meet with all students and their families to set goals, create schedules, understand the expectations of high school and the importance of a strong GPA. During the second semester of grade 11, AISJ HS Counselors will meet with all students and families to discuss admission requirements and deadlines, explain the submission process of official documents, and assist in finalizing student university application lists.

Every path to university is based on the individual and below you will find planning  timelines for each year of high school. These timelines are only meant to be a guide for students and parents as they embark on their high school career.

Senior Timeline with Parent Action Plan

Junior Timeline with Parent Action Plan

Sophomore Timeline with Parent Action Plan

Freshman Timeline with Parent Action Plan

University Search Engines

Family Connection
: All AISJ students have a Naviance account. Naviance college and career readiness solutions help connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals, and improve college and career planning.

College Navigator: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

U.S. News Edu: U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search. From Best Value Schools and Top Public Schools to A-plus Schools for B Students, find the right one for you.

Colleges That Change Lives: The CTCL supports a student-centered college search. In doing so, they are dedicated to providing the needed resources towards the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

Kiplinger's Best Values in Public Colleges: Sort and compare the 100 top values in public colleges and universities. Use the arrows at the top of any column of data to rank any list of colleges by critical cost and financial-aid metrics.

YOUniversityTV: YOUniversityTV provides free access to videos and educational resources on hundreds of colleges. This site also offers a social networking component dedicated to college information sharing.

College Prowler: Millions of college reviews & rankings. Student reviews and polls give you deep insight you can't find anywhere else.

Frequently Used Application Systems

Common App
: One application for nearly 600 universities and colleges. After researching your university choices and identifying those that use Common App, you should create your account in August, just prior to the start of your senior year.


Common App Essay The essay prompts for the following academic school year are usually released around April. This gives the students time to begin their essay with their junior year English teacher and to continue working on the essay throughout the summer, ensuring they return to their senior year with a solid essay.

University systems with their own application system

Ontario, Canada: Ontario University Application Centre OUAC

Texas: Apply Texas

California State University system: CSU Mentor

University of California system: UC Application

United Kingdom: UCAS

Foundation and transition assistance programs



Study Group

International Group for Educational Consultancy

Admissions Testing

ETS/ TOEFL account set up

                  TOEFL Registration process for AISJ students

IELTS registration link in Jeddah

Khan Academy SAT Prep

SAT test dates

                  SAT Registration process for AISJ students

ACT test dates

ACT Registration process for AISJ students

Financial Aid & Scholarship Information

When planning for college, families face one of life’s largest financial decisions. Your financial aid options will vary depending on your citizenship, residency, and academic history. The information below is meant to assist you depending on your individual circumstances.

US Citizens The US government has consolidated over a dozen financial aid websites into this one link.

FAFSA: This is a resource for US citizens can demonstrate a financial need.

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Loan options include:

Affordable Colleges - Student Loan Guidebook


Sallie Mae


In State Tuition

offers guidelines on instate tuition and residency requirements.


Non-US Citizens

There are not many colleges or universities in the world that offer financial aid to students who are not citizens of that country. Students who are not US citizens or permanent residents should plan on finding their own sources of money to pay for their college education. Below are a few resources for students looking for financial aid in a country of which they are not a citizen.

Jennie Kent and Jeff Levy have compiled data on US universities offering financial aid to non-residents.

Educate Abroad


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Scholarship searches

These search engines can be used by all students, no matter their citizenship.






Resources to help with the application process

Roles and responsibilities
of students, parents, and counseling staff

What to research: This document will guide your research for each school, assist with writing a supplemental essay, and help you decide if a school is a good fit.

University Application Organizer: This form will help in organizing your application materials so that the counseling office can be aware of your university choices.

Getting a great letter of recommendation: Read this article so that you know how to approach others when seeking a letter of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation: You will likely need one or two letters of recommendation from a  teacher and one from your counselor. These links guide you on how to request a letter from either.

                  Teachers: This tutorial will explain how to use Naviance in requesting a letter of rec. from a teacher.

                  Counselors: Please use this form when requesting a letter of rec from your counselor.


Extracurricular file Please review this file to ensure your extracurricular activities are documented.

University visits

If you are a university representative who is looking to visit AISJ and:

      You need to a visa to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, please contact Rasha Sharif at

      You already have a visa and have plans to be in Jeddah, please contact Dima El Ghalayini at


Upcoming university visits to AISJ