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2002 American Way
Columbus, GA 31909
Phone: 706-748-2920
Counseling Fax: 706-748-2932

Northside High School’s Counseling Department is committed to supporting all students in pursuit of their post-secondary goals. We will work collaboratively with students, parents, and teachers by facilitating conferences, helping to plan schedules, giving curriculum and scholarship guidance, and addressing personal and social needs.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact your counselor directly.

  • (Juniors Only) Click here to register for the PSAT. Any junior who would like to take the PSAT to try and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship will need to fill out the form below to register to take the PSAT at Northside on October 12th.  Juniors must register by October 3rd. There is a $20 fee to take the test and it is due to Mrs. Rolison in the counseling office by October 11th.
Registration Fee: $63 Late Registration Fee: $36
ACT Test Preparation
*Fee Waivers are available for students who qualify

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment (DE) provides opportunitiefor high school students to enroll in secondary institutions and earn both high school and college credits simultaneously.


How do you apply for Dual Enrollment?
Then, check with your school counselor to make sure you meet GPA/behavior/attendance requirements. 

To be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, and in addition to the Grade Point Average and Other Requirements, students must earn four full academic credits from the list of NHS courses above (this list only includes courses offered at Northside High School). In addition, transcript credits earned by a high school student in ANY Dual Enrollment Science, Mathematics, English, Foreign Language, or Social Studies Course, substantially similar to one in the list above and taken at an eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia, will be counted towards the Rigor requirement. There are other courses that meet the rigor requirements. Visit the school counseling office for more information. Please make sure to create an account at www.gafutures.org. You will be able to view your HOPE transcript and keep up with your HOPE Scholarship progress.

Northside High School Courses Meeting the HOPE Rigor Requirements for 2022-2023

AP Language/Composition
AP Literature/Composition
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
College Readiness Mathematics
GSE Pre-Calculus
Accelerated GSE Pre-Calculus
GSE Algebra II
Accelerated GSE Geometry B/Algebra II
AP Biology
AP Environmental Science
Human Anatomy/Physiology
AP Chemistry
Physics I
AP Physics I
Forensic Science
AP Psychology
AP Government/Politics: United States
AP Macroeconomics
AP Human Geography
AP World History: Modern
AP United States History
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
AP Spanish/Language and Culture



Step 1 – Research colleges for academic, financial and personality fit. You can visit the college website. You can also find information on GaFutures.

Step 2 – Apply to colleges online through the college website, GaFutures or acquire a paper application. If the college does not have an on-line application, a printable version is likely available on the website. Take special note of any deadlines imposed by the college, and plan ahead by two to four weeks (Step 2-6). Some schools will ask you to submit your application through Common App.

Important information for college applications:
Northside High School
2002 American Way
Columbus Ga, 31909
Main Number: (706) 748-2920
CEEB School Code: 110-838

Step 3 – Personally have SAT/ACT scores sent electronically from the issuing agency to the school of your choice (SAT: www.collegeboard.com; ACT: www.act.org. Colleges will not accept these scores from the high school.

Step 4 – If required by the college, request teacher recommendations four (4) weeks ahead of deadlines. Colleges prefer everything to come in together (or it will get lost) – therefore, include teacher recommendations with your transcript request packet. Each teacher recommendation needs to be in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s name signed on the back flap.

Step 5 – For counselor letters of recommendation, a high school resume needs to be completed and given directly to your counselor at least two weeks before the college’s deadline date.

Step 6Request your high school transcript be sent to your college.

*For Georgia colleges, you will do this ELECTRONICALLY through GAfutures. You must be logged in to your account. https://www.gafutures.org/
**For out of state colleges, go to the NHS Website, click on the Counseling tab, then click on Transcript Requests and follow the directions for “Current Students” and “Out of State Colleges and Universities”.
***You will have to do this twice. The first time will be for admission purposes. You will also have to send a final transcript, with a graduation date, after graduation.

Step 7 – You will need to send a copy of your immunizations to the college you plan to attend. You can request a copy from your physician or visit the health department.

Please direct any questions to your counselor.


BigFuture is the College Board’s free college planning tool, designed to support students with handling the college planning process, finding a college where they’ll thrive, and taking a look at interests and career options.


Explore the navigation of Georgia’s primary resource for career exploration, college planning, and financial resources. Students can utilize GaFutures to track their HOPE GPA, send transcripts, apply to colleges within Georgia, and search for scholarships!


Fastweb was designed to simplify the scholarship search for high school and college students. Students create a profile and get personalized scholarship recommendations. Fastweb isn’t just for scholarships. They provide students and their parents with helpful information to help them navigate the college journey– from college-bound status through college, graduate school, and career.

The most common place to search for scholarships is from the institution you will be attending. Be sure to check out their website for scholarships. You can also search within your community for scholarships–where your parent works, your church, organizations you belong to, hobby clubs, etc. Throughout the year, we will post scholarships for which you can apply on this page! Scholarship notifications, including the applications, are also posted for students on Canvas.


No Sweat Scholarship

$2,500 No Sweat Scholarship

  • Amount: $2500
  • Due Date: Sep 30th, 2022
  • Eligible Candidates: 8-12th grade students
  • Students can apply here!
  • Free application.

­Direct-to-student cash prize for any educational purpose: from books to summer enrichment to a new laptop.

  • No GPA requirements
  • No minimum income requirements
  • No essays to write.

Cirkled In Scholarship Flyer, download here.

First Generation Scholars Program- Now open for the class of 2025!

First Generation Scholars Program
The purpose of the FGSP is to support high school students and provide scholarships to graduating seniors who will be the first in their families to pursue post-high school courses of study at either college/university or other post-secondary institutions.

For more information see the document below!

Click here to download the 2022-2023 FGSP Application

Send completed application to
Ms. Saundra Ellison
First Generation Scholars Program
398 Harco Drive
Columbus, GA 31906

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

In order to be eligible to receive HOPE scholarship, a student must have at least a 3.0 academic GPA (as calculated by GSFC) and meet specific course rigor requirements. In order to receive Zell Miller Scholarship, a student must have at least a 3.7 academic GPA (as calculated by GSFC), meet specific course rigor requirements and have a SAT score of 1200 (Math and Reading only) or a minimum ACT Composite score of 26 on a single national or state/district administration. Students can view their HOPE GPA on GaFutures.org. The GPA listed on the NHS student transcript is not the HOPE GPA. The student’s social security number must be entered in their student profile with Gafutures to view their HOPE GPA. Visit the “HOPE Scholarship” section of GaFutures to view more information about the requirements and/or the qualifications for the HOPE Scholarship.

**It is important to remember that counselors and teachers can give advice about the HOPE program, but the final decision about who is eligible for the award is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. They receive the final transcript from our registrar and then review it to determine eligibility.

QuestBridge National College Match

High school seniors: The QuestBridge National College Match is now open! Apply by September 28 for full four-year scholarships to top colleges. Find out if you’re eligible and apply for free at www.questbridge.org (Links to an external site.).

We are looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, income, or other factors.

Abbie Rasmus

Abbie Rasmus

Counseling Clerk/ Registrar

Teresa Dean

Teresa Dean

Lead Counselor, serves students last names A-GO

Auburn Randolph

Auburn Randolph

Serves students last names Gr-O

Nikki Rolison

Nikki Rolison

Serves students last names P-Z

Ashley Redondo

Ashley Redondo

Dual Enrollment Coordinator