The college application process is an exciting time in a student’s life. It is an important opportunity for students to build confidence and competence – two important traits colleges look for in successful applicants. We believe that the college search, application, and decision-making process should be student-focused, incorporating the Ignatian practices of reflection and discernment. In other words, we want to help students discover who they are and articulate what they are hoping for from their college experience. We help students identify their strengths, weaknesses and goals and provide practical and timely information about applying to college.
Parents and counselors are important partners in this process. College Counselors work closely with Guidance Counselors to provide information and support to students and their families throughout the college application process. We meet with students in guidance classes, in workshops, and on an individual basis to help them during this exciting time.
Students are encouraged to talk about college with their individual class counselor at any time. In December of the student’s Junior year, he will be assigned to a College Counselor as well. The College Counselor’s role is to help the student identify schools that meet their needs, navigate the application process and decide what school to attend. At St. Joseph’s Prep, 98% of our students from the Class of 2014 will be attending four year Colleges or Universities next year.