School Counseling

The College Quest

NDU-GoldkuppelThe college selection process promises to be a busy and exciting time as seniors embark on the quest to find the “best fit” college to match their interests.  We encourage students to look for colleges and universities that are appropriately challenging and well suited to their talents, abilities, needs, wishes, and dreams. Because this quest is daunting, JPII offers a structured college counseling program to provide information, advice, support, and resources. We are here to help!

At the same time, we believe that students should take primary ownership in choosing a college for themselves, by doing the research, sending for applications, taking standardized tests, soliciting recommendations, writing essays, meeting deadlines, and making final decisions.  The school and family can assist, but since students are on the cusp of being “on their own”, it’s important that they be the primary actors in their first steps toward leaving.

There will likely be some disappointments along the way! Sometimes, students don’t get into the colleges they most desire, but in that disappointment comes growth. Remember that what students do in college is vastly more important than where they go! The energy and commitment with which they invest their talents are keys to accomplishing good study habits and having viable career options after they earn the degree.

As part of the college process, JPII hosts a "College Fair" with over 200 colleges attending each Fall.

As part of the college counseling process, we host a “College Fair” with over 150 colleges visiting our gym in the fall of each year.

We look forward to working closely with our students.  There are many wonderful, amazing colleges out there and we are here to assist them in selecting the “best fit” college.  Advising each of our students about the college selection process is a privilege and responsibility we enjoy. Please call us or email us with any questions.



Some Useful Links

In addition to Naviance, you might find the following sites helpful in your search:

Princeton Review
Index of American Universities
Campus Tours
College Board’s My Road
Colleges That Change Lives

For online registrations and testing information:

The College Board-SAT registration
ACT registration
NCAA Eligibility Center

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Online applications:

Common Application
CollegeNET’s ApplyWeb
Coalition For College Access

You may also find many resources on our blog:

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College Fair Presentation