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Access Naviance Family Connection, our interactive college counseling website.

The SJCP college counseling office is committed to providing our families with the most comprehensive college planning available. One of the main goals of our office is to encourage students to prepare early for their college plans after high school. Counselors work closely with students in determining college choice; considering their academic, personal, vocational, social and financial needs. The Counselors also provide the students and parents with many resources, and serve as the liaison to college admission officers.

Counselors meet with each class each school year on a variety of topics and individually with students to review their four-year plans. However, formal introduction to the college search, selection and application process begins in the spring of the junior year. At this time, students and parents meet individually with the college counselor to develop a personal plan for securing acceptable college placements. These sessions include a review of the student's academic history and interpretation of test scores.

If you have any questions regarding the College Planning Process, please contact the School Counseling Office.

NEW Guaranteed College Acceptance and Scholarship Program

The College Counseling Office is excited to announce our new program that offers guaranteed admission and scholarships to SJCP students.  These colleges have long been wonderful friends to SJCP throughout the admissions process and now it is official!  Stay tuned as we continue to expand this program.

University of Dayton
3.25 GPA + 1200 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$17,500 per year minimum = $70,000* total minimum guaranteed

*combines several scholarship categories
Hood College

3.25 GPA, no SAT/ACT required

Guaranteed Admission

$20,000 per year minimum = $80,000 total minimum guaranteed over four years

Lebanon Valley College

3.0 GPA + 1080 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$16,000 per year minimum = $64,000 total minimum guaranteed*

*Scholarships will increase in correlation with GPA and SAT scores 

Marymount University

3.0 GPA or 2.8 GPA + 1030 SAT/20 ACT

Guaranteed Admission

$16,500* per year minimum = $66,000 total minimum guaranteed

*includes $2000 Catholic HS and $2000 Saint John's Catholic Prep Scholarship

McDaniel College

3.0 GPA, no SAT required

Guaranteed Admission

$22,000 per year minimum = $88,000 total minimum guaranteed

Mount St. Mary's University

3.0 GPA + 1080 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$22,000 per year minimum = $88,000 total minimum guaranteed

Neumann University

3.0 GPA + 900 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$14,000* per year minimum = $56,0000 total minimum guaranteed

*includes $2,000 Catholic school grant & $5,000 housing grant

Saint Vincent College

3.0 GPA + 1080 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$21,500 per year minimum = $86,000 total minimum guaranteed

Seton Hill University

3.0 GPA + 960 SAT/20 ACT

Guaranteed Admission

$11,000 per year minimum = $44,000 total minimum guaranteed

St. Bonaventure University

3.25 GPA + 1000 SAT

Guaranteed Admission

$18,000 per year minimum = $72,000 total minimum guaranteed

Wilson College

3.0 GPA, no SAT/ACT required

Guaranteed Admission

$5,000 per year minimum = $20,000 total minimum guaranteed

College Counseling Goals

  1. To educate the SJCP community, including parents, faculty, staff, and administration, about the college counseling process
  2. To counsel students and help them find schools that are a good ‘fit’ or match
  3. To ensure that our students present themselves well as college admissions candidates
  4. To organize and provide information to colleges, including transcripts and letters of recommendation
  5. To stay informed on trends into the college admission process by attending conferences and visiting colleges
  6. To continue to augment SJCP reputation by organizing workshops, participating in professional organizations such as NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PCACAC (Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling), and networking with college admission professionals.

Information & Links

What Seniors Need to Know

Seniors – What You Need to Know

Naviance:  https://student.naviance.com/stjph  (Student Personal Email & Password)

  •  Send Test Scores (if done testing) ASAP:
  1. www.collegeboard.org
  2. www.act.org
  • Add Colleges to “Applying To” list:
  1. Click on “Colleges I am thinking about”
  2. Click on the box next to the college you will be moving
  3. Click “Move to application list”
  4. Indicate “Which application deadline do you prefer”
  5. Indicate “How will you submit your application”
  6. Indicate if you have submitted your application
  7. Click “add application” DO NOT REQUEST TRANSCRIPTS THROUGH NAVIANCE

Or

  1. Click on “Colleges I am applying to” if college is not already in your “thinking about list”
  2. Click on the “plus” in the upper right corner
  3. Search the name of the college you are applying to
  4. Indicate your application type: regular, early action, early decision, priority or rolling
  5. Indicate what application you will be using
  6. Indicate if you have submitted your application
  7. Click “add application”  DO NOT REQUEST TRANSCRIPTS THROUGH NAVIANCE
  • Match Common Application to Naviance Account:
  1. Create your Common Application account at www.commonapp.org
  2. Add at least one college
  3. Fill out the “Education” section by adding SJCP (CEEB code 210545)
  4. Click on “my colleges” table
  5. Under any college on the left-hand side, click on “recommendations and FERPA”
  6. Sign the release authorization and WAIVE your rights to see recommendations
  7. Go to your Naviance account
  8. Click on “Colleges I am applying to”
  9. Click “Match accounts”
  10. Scroll, enter your email you used for your Common App account and check your birth date
  11. Click “match” – ACCOUNTS MUST BE MATCHED FOR MATERIALS TO BE SENT TO COMMON APP COLLEGES
  • Signing up for College Visits:
  1. Sign into Naviance account
  2. Look under “What’s new”
  3. Click on “more info” next to the college in which you are interested
  4. Click on “register” in the upper right corner
  5. Passes will be given out the morning of the college visit
  • Requesting Transcripts:  All requests must be received 2 weeks prior to the application deadline! No exceptions.  For example, the earliest college deadline that can be enforced is October 15, if you have a college with this deadline – the request must be in October 1.  No requests made on Naviance will be honored.
  1. Make sure your college application is correctly entered in Naviance
  2. Make sure your Naviance account and Common App accounts are matched (if applicable)
  3. Fill out one (1) transcript request form (card) for each college (cards/forms are located on Mrs. Seymour’s desk in the Counseling office)
  • Requesting Teacher Recommendations:  All requests must be made 2 weeks prior to the application deadline!
  1. Fill out the Request for Teacher Recommendation
  2. Place the "Request for Teacher Recommendation" and a copy of student’s resume in a folder along with any other information that may be helpful to the teacher
  3. Politely ask the teacher in-person if he/she would be willing to write a college recommendation for you
  4. If yes, give the teacher the folder and go to your Naviance account and click on “colleges” in the upper right corner.
  5. Under “Apply to colleges”, click on “letters of recommendation"
  6. Click on “add request”
  7. From the drop-down menu, choose a teacher
  8. Click on “all current and future colleges….”  or send to specific colleges (remember to only send the number of recommendations for which the college asks!)
  9. Enter a personal thank you note
  10. Click on “submit request”
  • Scholarships
  1. Sign into Naviance account
  2. Click on “colleges” in upper right corner
  3. Under “scholarships and money"
  4. Scholarship List: list of scholarship to come in the mail to SJCP
  5. Scholarship Match: scholarships that Naviance thinks are a good match to student
  6. Scholarship Search: enter information to be matched up with scholarships

College Planning Presentation

College Scholarships

Search the available scholarships on the Scholarship tab in Family Connection, our interactive college counseling web site.

Important Forms

Helpful Links

College Visits

UMBC

Career Planning

Career Planning

THERE ARE 3 KEY STEPS IN CAREER PLANNING

Know yourself. What are your interests, passions, abilities, and work values?

Explore your options and choose a career direction based on those answers.

Make plans and take action to accomplish your goals.

We encourage all students to check out the web site www.careertest.net and take a 15 minute on-line test to discover yourself: your strengths, personality, values, and interests. This assessment is a derivative of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and will provide personality descriptions along with suggested career paths. We ask that students print out their results and bring a copy to the Guidance Office. Thank you!

RESOURCES THAT MAY HELP YOU IN YOUR CAREER EXPLORATION

Books

Teen's Guide to College And Career Planning: Your High School Roadmap for College & Career Success (Teen's Guide to College and Career Planning) ~ Peterson's
The Parent's Practical Guide to College and Careers, How to Help, Not Hover ~ Barbara Cooke
Learn How to Achieve College Success...In 20 Hours or Less ~ Raymond Gerson, Ronald A. Ortman , Scott Anderson

Websites

Free Online Career Planning:

http://mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer/careership/

Bureau of Labor and Statistics:

www.bls.gov/k12

The Career Guide to Industries - provides information on the nature of each industry:

www.bls.gov/oco/cg/

The Occupational Outlook Handbook - provides information on earnings, education needs, expected job prospects, job responsibilities, training prospects, & working conditions of a wide range of occupations:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Internet Resources for General Planning

ACTs World-of-Work Mapwww.actstudent.org/wwm/index.html
America’s Career Info netwww.acinet.org
Campus Career Center Worldwidewww.campuscareercenter.com
Career Keywww.careerkey.org
Career One Stopwww.careeronestop.org
Career Webwww.employmentguide.com
Experience Networkwww.experience.com
JobBankUSAwww.jobbankusa.com
My Futurewww.myfuture.com
O*Net OnLinehttp://online.onetcenter.org

Internet Resources for Specific Careers

Association for Career and Technical Educationwww.acteonline.org
Culinary Schoolswww.petersons.com/culinary
Electrical Alliancewww.electricalalliance.org
Explore Health Careerswww.explorehealthcareers.org/en/index.aspx
Fashion Careerswww.fashion-schools.org/fashion-careers.htm
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Educationwww.specialedcareers.org

Internet Resources for Music Careers

American Federation of Musicians ~

www.afm.org

Site offers a searchable database of music programs by U.S. state and country. There are links to financial aid and booking agents, as well as articles on music technology, etc.

National Association for Music Education ~

www.menc.org/careers

Site provides a searchable music school directory and information on accreditation, choosing a school, financial aid, and more.

National Association of Schools of Music ~

http://nasm.arts-accredit.org

Site provides a searchable music school directory and information on accreditation, choosing a school, financial aid, and more.

Leadership Opportunities

Careers in Medicine

A National Youth Leadership Forum is now accepting nominations. The deadline to let Ms. Campbell or Mr. Whedbee know you want to be nominated is September 23, 2013. To learn more about this leadership opportunity visit www.envisionexperience.com/TeachMedicine.


Yale seeks young global leaders for high school summer program

Yale University is now accepting applications for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, which will bring together talented rising high school juniors and seniors from the United States and around the world to live and study at Yale for two weeks in the summer of 2014.

Now in its 13th year, the Yale Young Global Scholars Program features intensive undergraduate-level coursework and interaction with renowned Yale faculty and practitioners in the fields of history, political science, law, economics, international affairs, public health, and environmental science.

The application for summer 2014 is now available online, and applications are due Feb. 20. Admission to the program is very selective, and need-based financial aid is available to students who qualify.

For further information and application details, visit the program website at http://globalscholars.yale.edu.

Summer College Programs