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Welcome to the THS College & Career Center page!  My name is Emily Nichols, the College and Career Counselor for THS.  I have been in Tomball ISD since 2007, and began my career in education in 1999.  I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising, and a minor in Business.  In 2004 I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Sam Houston State University.
I am here to meet your students college and career needs.  Students are always welcome in Cougar Corner (College & Career Center).  Parents may simply contact me and schedule an appointment.  I work with all grade levels in different areas of college and career readiness throughout each year.  Many events will be held each year for students to learn more about post high school options, careers, financial aid, and much more.  Make sure you check out the many resources I have posted for you.  The Links section is organized by area of interest with many helpful links for students and parents.
I am the Dual Credit Coordinator for our campus.  You will find helpful information on Dual Credit for our campus. We partner with Lone Star College, Tomball.  Our LSC Dual Credit Advisors are Latoya Lewis, Katerina Wingfield, and Donna Fitzpatrick.
We also work closely with our Lone Star College, College Connections Advisor, Heidi Ewing.  Heidi comes to THS several times a month, and works with our students interested in attending Lone Star College after graduation.
Please keep checking back on the Important Event Dates section and watch for many important announcements and event dates being posted!  

Helpful Websites




Naviance Log In For Students:


Username - Student ID

Password - tisd + date of birth (ex. April 6, 2001 - tisd04062001)


College Board (SAT) - Register for the SAT, use the College Board Big Future for college & career searches, scholarships & more


ACT - Register for the ACT


Khan Academy - Free online tutoring for your academic courses, SAT/ACT, and more!




Recent Posts

College That Change Lives College Fair - August 2018

Students are parents are invited to attend the Colleges That Changes Lives College Fair on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

The event will be held at the Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria in the Consort Ballroom at 10:00 am.

5011 Westheimer at Post Oak, Houston, TX 77056


The event will begin with a 30 minute presentation on today's college search process, followed by a college fair that lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  You will be able to speak directly with college admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives

Registration is FREE.  Please register at

CTCL member colleges in attendance will be:

Agnes Scott College
Allegheny College
Austin College
Beloit College
Birmingham-Southern College
Centre College
Cornell College
Denison University
Earlham College
Eckerd College
The Evergreen State College
Goucher College
Guilford College
Hampshire College
Hendrix College
Hillsdale College
Hiram College
Hope College
Juniata College
Kalamazoo College
Knox College
Lawrence University
Marlboro College
McDaniel College
Millsaps College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Reed College
Rhodes College
Southwestern University
St. John’s College
Saint Mary’s College of California
St. Olaf College
University of Lynchburg
University of Puget Sound
Ursinus College
Wabash College
Whitman College
Willamette University
Wooster, College of
A little about Colleges That Changes Lives:
Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) began as a loose collaboration among the 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s classic book, Colleges That Change Lives. For over 20 years, our programs have given thousands of students and parents guidance in their college search. In 1996, the colleges and universities formed a non-profit organization to keep Loren’s message alive – the college search should be about finding a list of colleges that are a good academic, social, and financial fit. The non-profit has 44 member colleges and universities, having added four schools after the publication of the fourth edition of the book in 2012, edited and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald.
For More Information Contact:
Maria Furtado
Executive Director
Colleges That Change Lives, Inc.
(727) 465-8005




There is still room for the August 7th event date!


Make sure to sign up today! Links to sign up are on the post below.

If you've not checked out the new Videos for Seniors section, take a few minutes to do so!

College Application Kickoff Event for Seniors (Class of 2019) - August 7, 2018


You’re invited to attend an event in August!

Who:  Seniors

What:  College Application Kickoff

This event is for students who will be applying to four year universities and Lone Star College.  We will have admission representatives from several colleges and universities to help you get a jumpstart on your college applications.

When:  Tuesday, August 7, 2018  - TWO sessions available.  Students MUST register for a session, as the space will be limited.  

Session 1 (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm)

-Application and Essay Brainstorming or Review


- Lone Star College Application and Info (Current dual credit students attending LSC after graduation need NOT attend)

Session 2 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

-Application and Essay Brainstorming or Review


- Lone Star College Application and Info (Current dual credit students attending LSC after graduation need NOT attend)



Students applying to four year universities will:

*Spend one hour on applications and the other will be spent on college application essays 

*Essay(s) written?  Select the Essay Review when you sign up

*Haven’t started the essay(s)?  Select the Essay Brainstorm when you sign up

*Your college does NOT require essays?  Spend time either continuing to work on applications, creating their FSA ID to get a head start on preparing to complete their FAFSA, or begin searching for scholarships.

Students applying to Lone Star College will:

*Complete the Lone Star College Application (Current dual credit students attending LSC after graduation need NOT attend)

*Learn more about all the great opportunities LSC has to offer

*Time pending, students will complete their FSA ID to get a head start on preparing to complete their FAFSA or complete the Pre-Assessment Activity for the LSC application process



Session 1 (1:30 to 3:30 pm)

Applying to a 4 year university (Limit 40) -

Applying to Lone Star College (Limit 25) -


Session 2 (4:00 to 6:00 pm)

Applying to a 4 year university (Limit 40) -

Applying to Lone Star College (Limit 25) -


*Students who register will receive more information (location, etc.) on their session assignment prior to the event.  Please make sure you enter your personal email that you check when you sign up.


Have a great summer! 

Class of 2019, 
Save the Date!!
August 7, 2018 we will be holding a College Application Kick Off event at THS!
College representatives will be at the event to help you get started on your college applications!  Two sessions available and sign up is required as space is limited. (check your emails this week for sign up links OR this web page)
What you can do:
  • Apply to college (4 year or 2 year)
  • Begin your college application essays
  • Have your college application essays reviewed
  • LSC will have a session to get you started through their application process
More details to come!

For the Class of 2019

The POSSE Foundation Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship to attend one of its partner schools. STUDENTS MUST BE NOMINATED FOR SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION.


Posse Houston's Partner Colleges and Universities: 


Bryn Mawr College - 

Carleton College - 

Colby College - 

Texas A&M University -

University of Virginia - 

Wellesley College - 


Nomination Requirements:

  • Must be a graduating senior in the Fall of 2018
  • Demonstrate extraordinary leadership within their high school, community, or family.
  • Excel academically. Although there is no GPA requirement, only nominees who have consistently progressed toward academic excellence will be awarded a POSSE Scholarship.
  • Nominees should take the SAT/ACT no later than September of their senior year.


Things to consider before requesting nomination:

  • If your name is submitted for nomination, you must complete an online application and attend the large group interview on a date to be determined (usually mid-September). Attendance at this interview is mandatory for scholarship consideration.
  • Through the Posse interview process, students could be offered a scholarship to any one of the 7 partner schools. Nominees must be open to attending any of the 7 college options.
  • YOU MUST BE WILLING TO COMPLETE THE POSSE SELECTION PROCESS WHICH INCLUDES THREE INTERVIEWS. Posse uses a Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP) for selecting scholarship candidates. DAP is Posse’s innovative approach to identifying exceptional students through non-traditional forums. There are three phases: 1) a large group interview with approximately 100 students. Posse staff will lead students in a series of interactive small-group workshops; 2) a 20-minute, one-on-one interview with Posse staff; and 3) a final, small group interview, with 20 to 25 students.
  • MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND PRE-COLLEGIATE TRAINING - From January to August of their senior year in high school, Posse Scholars meet weekly with staff trainers and their Posse peers for two-hour workshops.

WHAT IS POSSE LOOKING FOR? Posse is looking for individuals who have demonstrated leadership ability, communication and team building skills. High school GPA and SAT scores are considered but are not solely the basis for selection. Posse is looking for students who have the perseverance and drive to make it in a highly competitive academic environment if given the support of a positive team of peers, a Posse.




Questionnaire is posted below all the following videos.

Bryn Mawr College

For more than 130 years, smart, strong women have come to Bryn Mawr College to seek an unparalleled education and meaningful opportunities to contribute to the world. That tradition continues and grows today. Bryn Mawr offers a university of academic opportunities in an intimate setting; a close, connected community that fosters lifelong connections; and the preparation women need to lead.

Carleton College

Ranked among the nation's best colleges, Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota

Colby College

Colby College is a private liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Approximately 1,800 students from more than 60 countries are enrolled annually. The college offers 54 major fields of study and 30 minors.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University (Texas A&M or A&M) is a coeducational public research university in College Station, Texas, United States. It is a state university and since 1948 is a member of the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M system endowment is one of the 10 biggest in the nation. Texas A&M's student body is the largest in Texas and the second largest in the United States.[10][11] Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution–the only university in Texas to hold all three designations–reflects a range of research with ongoing projects funded by organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. In 2001, Texas A&M was inducted as a member of the Association of American Universities. The school's students, alumni—over 450,000 strong—and sports teams are known as Aggies. The Texas A&M Aggies athletes compete in 18 varsity sports as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

University of Virginia

University of Virginia is a public institution that was founded in 1819. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,331, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,682 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Virginia's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 25. Its in-state tuition and fees are $16,146 (2017-18); out-of-state tuition and fees are $46,975 (2017-18).

Wellesley College

Wellesley College, one of the most prestigious and highly respected institutions of higher education in the country and widely acknowledged as the nation's top college for women, provides its 2300 students with opportunities that prepare them to realize their own highest ambitions and compete in any setting.



Mañana por la noche (martes 3 de abril) en el auditorio de THS a las 6 p.m.


Esperamos verlos allí!