College Corner

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.

Guaranteed College Acceptance and Scholarship Program Partners

Saint John’s Catholic Prep has forged a partnership with universities to provide GUARANTEED COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE for incoming students and annual SCHOLARSHIPS to Saint John Catholic Prep graduates that meet their requirements. The collegiate scholarships provided are often of higher value than the cost of four years of high school tuition. Where you go to high school matters. You can be confident, attending Saint John’s Catholic Prep is one of the best investments in your future!

Bridgewater College
3.3 GPA + 1060 SAT or 21 ACT
Guaranteed Admission
$26,000 per year minimum = $104,000 total minimum guaranteed
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 or 21 ACT
Guaranteed admission
$19,000 per year minimum = $76,000 total 4-year
Marymount University
3.0 GPA or 2.8 GPA + 1030 SAT or 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/ACT required
Guaranteed Admission
$22,000 per year minimum = $88,000 total minimum guaranteed
Mount St. Mary's University
3.0 GPA, no SAT/ACT required
Guaranteed Admission
$25,000 per year minimum = $100,000 total minimum guaranteed
Neumann University
2.5 GPA + 900 SAT
Guaranteed Admission
Minimum Award Amounts:
$68,000 Trustee Scholarship ($17,000 per year for four years) - 3.85 GPA + 1300 SAT
$64,000 Presidential Scholarship ($16,000 per year for four years) - 3.5 GPA + 1200 SAT
$54,000 Deans Scholarship ($13,500 per year for four years) - 3.25 GPA +1000 SAT
$46,000 Assisi Award ($11,500 per year for four years) - 3.0 GPA + 1000 SAT
$28,000 Saint John Neumann Award: ($7,000 per year for four years) - 2.5 GPA + 900 SAT
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 or 20 ACT
Guaranteed Admission
$11,000 per year minimum = $44,000 total minimum guaranteed
Siena College
3.0 GPA, no SAT/ACT required
Guaranteed Admission
$13,000 per year minimum = $52,000 total minimum guaranteed
St. Bonaventure University
3.25 GPA + 1000 SAT
Guaranteed Admission
$18,000 per year minimum = $72,000 total minimum guaranteed
Widener University
3.25 GPA + 1050 SAT or 20 ACT
Guaranteed Admission
$64,000 total minimum value over four years with the average merit scholarship at $100,000
Wilson College
3.0 GPA, no SAT/ACT required
Guaranteed Admission
$5,000 per year minimum = $20,000 total minimum guaranteed

How To...

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.

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

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Summer College Programs

Duke University Summer Experience

Information for Duke Summer Session for High School Students’ 2020 programs is now available!  Choose from three transformative programs next summer:

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below: 

  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring electronics, and building robots through the open source software and hardware. This camp is an introduction into the world of coding robotics and electronics. 
  • Camp Psych - Students will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Civil War Era Studies CampStudents will get to enjoy historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania while studying the American Civil War History through lectures, field trips, and unique learning experiences. They will explore the circumstances leading to the war, investigate significant battles during the war, and explore the condition of the United States after the war. 
  • Young Writers' Workshop - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - Scholarship - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle.