University School of Jackson

College Prep Workshop Series

USJ College Advising begins working with students as freshmen and works with students and parents throughout all facets of the college process until graduation. Working alongside USJ’s college advisors, USJ students and families are supported throughout the college exploration, planning, application, and decision-making process. 


Juniors: Kick-Off to College

This event is held in the fall semester of junior year. We will present a timeline for college preparation including application deadlines, college exploration and information on pursuing financial aid.


Senior Night: College Prep 101

The USJ college advising department hosts and evening meeting presenting an updated senior year timeilne for applicatoins, scholarship deadlines as well as federal, sate and institutional financial aid information.


ACT Reading Prep

Director of College Advising Carol Ryan will work with students on strategies needed to be successful on the Reading portion of the ACT. Carol also has substantial experience as an Upper School English and AP English Language and Composition instructor. 


ACT Math Prep

Honors math instructor Bryce King will refresh students on the mathematical material needed to be successful on the math portion of the ACT. Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry topics will be reviewed, and test-taking strategy will be discussed.


ACT English Prep

Junior English and AP Language and Composition instructor Whitney Meriwether will work with students to practice and prepare for the English portion of the ACT. Students will practice each type of question featured on the English section and receive notes and materials to study for future ACT tests. 


Your USJ College Advisors, Carol Ryan and Shannon Whisenant, are members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC). They attend web-based and in-person training offered by these professional organizations. During the 2018-2019 school year, Mrs. Ryan was selected as a SACAC mentor for new college counselors. Mrs. Whisenant and Mrs. Ryan are active participants in continuing education. Both counselors attend the College Board and ACT training each year and are  invited to participate in college fly-ins to learn about individual institutions.

For More Information

Carol Ryan
Director of College Advising

[email protected]

Shannon Whisenant
Assistant Director of College Advising

[email protected]

Lori Howell
College Advising Assistant

[email protected]


Three Bruins Selected to TSWA All-State Football Team


Congratulations to seniors Steele Haynes, Joshua Jones, and Ben Pledger for being selected to the TSWA All-State Football Team!

Read More


USJ Hosts Past Board Members for Luncheon


We were honored to host many of the people instrumental in the development of USJ today at the Past Board Members Luncheon. We have a lot more planned for our school, and it was great to share a small peek of what is to come with this great group.

Read More


New Director of Auxiliary Programs and a New After School Care and Camp Bruins Coordinator


USJ Announces New Director of Auxiliary Programs and a New After School Care and Camp Bruins Coordinator After School Care and Camp Bruins Director Faith Dixon and Assistant Development Director Cathy Garrett recently announced that they would leave USJ at the end of the school year. Both of these administrators...

Read More

Contact us today to tour our campus, and see firsthand what the University School of Jackson has to offer.