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

The College Counseling Office is excited to announce our 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.

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/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 + 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/20 ACT

Guaranteed Admission

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

Siena College

3.0 GPA , SAT/ACT not 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


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 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!



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


Free Online Career Planning:

Bureau of Labor and Statistics:

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

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:

Internet Resources for General Planning

ACTs World-of-Work
America’s Career Info
Campus Career Center
Career One
O*Net OnLine

Internet Resources for Specific Careers

Association for Career and Technical
Explore Health
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special

Internet Resources for Music Careers

American Federation of Musicians ~

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 ~

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

National Association of Schools of Music ~

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

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

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:  (Student Personal Email & Password)

  •  Send Test Scores (if done testing) ASAP:
  • 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


  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
  • Match Common Application to Naviance Account:
  1. Create your Common Application account at
  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
  • 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

Saint Francis University visit
James Madison University visit

Summer College Programs

Adelphi University

Adelphi University is offering Pre-College Programs to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in challenging and exciting subjects. The program is a 2 week learning and living experience on Adelphi’s beautiful campus located in Garden City, New York. Subjects to be explored varies from Video Game Programming to Business and Entrepreneurship to Music Theater and Art and many more studies. For more information please stop by the counseling office.

Army Educational Outreach Programs

Army Educational Outreach Programs has opportunities for STEM apprenticeships for high school students. Internships for research, engineering, and science are available. For more information visit

STEM Apprenticeship Opportunites for High School Students @USEOP

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience

Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE) is a collaborative residential experience where students are invited to explore the value of a liberal arts perspective in making challenging decisions to improve today’s world. At BASE, faculty and students from various academic disciplines will engage in classroom discussions in an effort to come up with creative solutions. BASE participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about exciting current world issues
  • Develop creative problem solving skills
  • Collaborate with faculty and peers
  • Experience the liberal arts education
  • Explore Bucknell’s campus

Dates:            June 23 – 27, 2019
Eligibility:       High school students who will be rising juniors or seniors are welcome to apply.
Application:   The deadline to apply is April 20, 2019.
Notification:   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Cambridge University in the United Kingdom

Immerse Education  delivers academic enrichment programs designed for ambitious high school students. These enrichment programs take place in the colleges of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Students can select from 18 subjects, such as Medicine, Law, Computer Science or Architecture, and explore this in sessions led by expert tutors from world-leading universities.

In addition to gaining the unparalleled experience of studying at one of the world’s leading universities, students who attend will also receive a Participant Evaluation, written by tutors who have substantial experience of tutoring undergraduate students at world-leading universities, as well as a certificate of participation upon completion of the programme – both valuable tools for college applications and résumés. Participants from Immerse have proceeded to enroll at leading global universities including Harvard University, Cambridge University and NYU.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities we offer to students from the United States, please visit the website.

Catholic University Applied Math in Action

The Catholic University of America is hosting a pre-college program in applied mathematics the week of June 23-28. This residential program is intended for rising high school freshmen, sophomore, juniors, and seniors as well as 2019 high school graduates looking for a pre-college experience. 

The program  offered is Applied Math in Action!,  an action-packed week with math sessions each day in subjects outside the normal high school curriculum, so they are accessible to all levels: cryptography, game theory, modelling rocket trajectories & more,  as well as invited speakers and other educational activities.  It will also feature several fun excursions around Washington, D.C. and allow students to experience a week of college life on our beautiful campus. Because the math topics are outside the normal series of mathematics topics taught in high school, students do not need advanced coursework to participate, but only an interest in mathematics and STEM.

More information can be found here

Catholic University Summer Business Institute

If you are a raising junior or senior and interested in business, Catholic University has the program for you.  Stop by the counseling office and check out Catholic University’s Summer Business Institute. Applications are due March 15th so don’t delay.

Christendom Summer Program

This highly acclaimed summer program offers rising high school seniors a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience. Multiple one week sessions are available.  Apply now at

Columbia University

Columbia University offers a rigorous, three week Summer Immersion Program that gives students a taste of academic life at an Ivy League, a vibrant New York City experience and the chance to meet other talented students from all over the world. Students choose from over 50 options in a wide variety of fields. To apply visit Use code GC19 to save on the $80 application fee.

Cornell University Summer College

Earn 3-6 college credits from Cornell faculty during your summer.  Apply by May 3, 2019 at

Duke University Summer Experience

Information for Duke Summer Session for High School Students’ 2019 programs is now available!  Choose from three transformative programs next summer:
Summer College – A four-week, credit-bearing program for students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses.
Summer Academy – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.
Accelerated STEM Academy – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of hands-on labs, tours of Duke’s research facilities, faculty lectures, and workshops.

Grammy Camp

Grammy Camp is a 5 day non-residential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. This fun filled camp will take place on Southern California Thornton School of Music during the week of July 23-27.

GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals, as well as guest industry professionals, provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.

Apply today at

Learn more at and access the 2019 application. Application deadline is March 31, 2019. For more information, please contact Julie Mutnansky at

Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Summer Program

This summer course is a condensed version of what JHU offers to their freshmen engineering students. During this 5 week course students complete lab activities in computer, chemical, electrical, computer, civil, mechanical engineering and materials science. Several locations are offering this course including Hood College!! For more information about this 5 week course visit  https://ei.jhu.eduHere is a video about the program as well

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Do you love to write? Do you wish you had the chance to do more creative writing than what’s offered at your high school?

The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University is an eight-day residential summer program that offers a marvelous opportunity for high school students to work intensively with professional poets, fiction and nonfiction writers on Denison’s beautiful college campus in Granville, Ohio. If you’re currently a sophomore or junior, you are eligible to apply. This year’s program dates are June 16 to 24, 2018.

Our small workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction give beginning poets and writers the chance to develop their talents and refine their skills. Daily cross writing classes give exposure to all the genres, while group sessions with visiting writers and readings enrich the experience. There’s also time to write individually and to meet with faculty one on one.

Please visit our website at , where you will find full details about our program, photo galleries, a blog, and downloadable application forms. This year’s applications must be postmarked no later than March 3, 2018.

If you have any questions, you can reach us at 

Stanford University

Stanford University is offering pre-college studies to top students from around the world. Programs offered are from Stanford’s Art Institute, Humanities Institute, Mathematics Camp, University level Online Math and Physics, and Stanford’s AI4ALL which is a program to increase diversity in AI. Current 9th grade girls are encouraged to apply. To learn more about Stanford’s programs visit

STEM Apprenticeship Opportunities

Visit to find out specific requirements for each program.


Summer Discovery

Summer Discovery is a leading summer pre-college, middle school enrichment and internship programs organization. Classes are offered on many subjects nationally and internationally. For more on Summer Discovery visit or call 516-621-3939.

Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University is offering a pre-college program for high school students. Subjects being offered range from an acting to leadership and entrepreneurship to stream ecology, and other exciting subjects. To learn more and to register visit

Washington University in St. Louis

Middle and High School Summer Experiences – Continue on your path of academic success!

Visit for more information.