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College Counseling Office

Located in Southeast Corner of Main Building

Dr. John Berna, Sr. Counselor / Director, College Counseling

(267) 515-5994jberna@sjprep.org

Ms. Amy Romm, College Admission Counselor

(215) 978-1982aromm@sjprep.org

Ms. Courtney Pinto, College Admission Counselor

(215) 978-1953cpinto@sjprep.org

Mark Halligan, College Admission Counselor

(215) 978-1965 mhalligan@sjprep.org

Mrs. Alice Welsh, Administrative Assistant

(215) 978-1966awelsh@sjprep.org


Tonight’s Itinerary

  • Introduction to College Admissions Process

  • Thinking outside the Box

  • Introduction to Family Connection

  • Senior Course Registration

  • Questions & Answers

  • Dr. Patricia Sisca Pace : “SAT Retreat”


Class of 2009 Applications

  • 237 Students

  • 1,524 applications submitted

  • 1,083 acceptances received

  • Into 208 different colleges

  • Average student applied to 6.4 Colleges


Class of 2009 Acceptances

SJP students matriculated at 94 different schools:

  • 38 Private Schools, non-Catholic

  • 28 State Related

  • 25 Catholic Schools (10 Jesuit)

  • 1 Post Grad Prep School

  • 2 Military Academies


Most Popular in 2009 (Accept / Attend)

  • Pennsylvania State Univ. (79 / 22)

  • Saint Joseph's University (84 / 20)

  • Fordham University (61 / 14)

  • Rutgers University of NJ (15 / 10)

  • Temple University (34 / 9)

  • Georgetown University (14 / 8)

  • The University of Scranton (51 / 7)


Most Popular in 2009 (Accept & Attend)

8. Drexel University (55 / 7)

9. University of Pittsburgh (54 / 6)

10. Villanova University (23 / 6)

11. St. John's University (28 / 6)

12. Catholic University (47 / 5)

13. University of Pennsylvania (5 / 5)

14. University of Delaware (23 / 5)


Class of 2010 (So Far)

  • 231 Students

  • 1,711 applications submitted

  • 368 acceptances received

  • Into 248 different colleges

  • Average student applied to 7.4 Colleges


Most Popular in 2010 (Applications)

1. Saint Joseph's University (105)

2. Pennsylvania State University (85)

3. Fordham University (79)

4. University of Pittsburgh (62)

5. Drexel University (56)

6. University of Pennsylvania (54)

7. Loyola University Maryland (51)

8. Temple University (50)

9. Villanova University (45)

10. The University of Scranton (39)


Most Popular in 2010 (Applications)

11. University of Delaware (39)

12. Boston College (37)

13. The Catholic University of America (31)

14. Georgetown University (25)

15. Johns Hopkins University (24)

16. La Salle University (24)

17. University of Notre Dame (23)

18. Lehigh University (21)

19. Princeton University (21)

20. College of the Holy Cross (21)


Role of the College Counselor

  • Suggest schools

  • Assist Student / Parents with their college plans.

  • Help with self-awareness and decision making to find the right fit.

  • Advocate for your son

  • Financial Aid


What’s ahead (here @ the Prep)

Guidance Classes (Junior Year)

  • Introduction to College Admission

  • Presentation on Jesuit Schools

  • Diversity in College Choice

  • Senior Course Registration Information

  • Essay

  • SAT Prep

    Meeting with your son

    Meeting with Parents


What’s ahead (here @ the Prep)

Guidance Classes (Senior Year)

  • Ins & Outs of Applications

    (Essay, recommendations, etc.)

  • Reps from Colleges will visit us

  • Many meetings with your son

  • Another meeting with Parents


What’s ahead (on your own)

  • Begin communication with schools

  • Visit some schools

  • SAT / ACT Registration

  • Family Connection

  • College Fairs

  • Get in touch with Coaches


Components of a College Application

  • High School Transcript

  • Standardized Tests

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Extra-curricular Activities

  • Essays

  • Interviews


Types of Applications

  • Early Decision (Nov. 1 or 15)

    Binding

  • Early Action (Nov. 1 or 15)

    Non-Binding

    Accept/Defer vs. Accept/Deny

    Restrictions (Boston College & Georgetown – no ED applications to other colleges permitted)

  • Single-Choice Early Action

    No other EA applications (Yale)

  • Regular Decision (Feb. or Mar 1)


2 New “Gimmicks”

SAT Optional

&

Score Choice


SAT Optional

www.fairtest.org

Over 815 four-year colleges and universities across the U.S., acting on the belief that "test scores do not equal merit," do not use the SAT or ACT to make admissions decisions about a substantial number of their incoming freshmen classes.

These institutions range widely in size and mission.


SAT Optional

Lycoming

Muhlenberg

NYU

Providence

Sacred Heart

Scranton *

Ursinus

Wake Forrest

Albright

Arizona St.

Dickinson

Fairfield

Gettysburg

Holy Cross

Kings

Lebanon

Loyola Md


Score Choice

Score Choice

@

SJP


There’re More Colleges than Penn State, Pitt, Fordham, Loyola: Baltimore or UPenn!(Even though they’re all really great schools!)


Why did you send your son to SJP?

  • Strong academics

  • Faith Formation

  • Awareness of the “Other”

  • The Jesuit Tradition

  • Preparation for life after high school –REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY GO TO COLLEGE!


A recent survey of SJP alumni showed great satisfaction with the student transition to college, both academically and socially.


Moving Beyond a Two Hour Radius


University of Toronto

utoronto.ca

Toronto, Canada

About 52,000 students

30% live on-campus, all freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing

SAT average varies by program, but most fall above 1800.

7% come from outside Canada

Average cost of attendance is $34,000 CANADIAN dollars


Colorado College

coloradocollege.edu

Colorado Springs, CO

Roughly 2,000 students

79% live on-campus

Average class size 16, all classes capped at 25

81% come from outside Colorado

SAT range for the middle 50% is 1280-1430

47% receive need-based financial aid


Making Your Own Bracket


Clark University

clarku.edu

Worcester, MA

Just over 2,000 students

94% live in campus housing

Average class size 21

64% come from outside of Massachusetts

SAT average 1170

90% receive financial aid

88% return after freshman year


Juniata College

juniata.edu

Huntington, PA

Roughly 1,500 students

82% live on-campus

Average class size 14

32% come from outside Pennsylvania

SAT range for the middle 50% is 1100-1310

94% graduate in 4 years


Public Alternatives


Millersville University

millersville.edu

Millersville, PA

Roughly 7,000 undergrads

94% are residents of PA

31% of all students live on campus, all first year students are guaranteed housing

Middle 50% SAT range is 970-1160

In-State tuition and housing is about $15,000


Ramapo College

Ramapo.edu

Mahwah, NJ

About 5,700 undergrads

85 % of first years live on-campus, 53% of all grades

97% are NJ residents

Middle 50% SATs is 1070-1230

Average class size of 23

In-state tuition and room and board is about $23,000


Schools That Have Made Financial Aid Pledges

www.projectonstudentdebt.org


Lehigh University

Lehigh.edu

Bethlehem, PA

Just under 5,000 undergrads

78% come from outside PA

Average class size is 27

Strong focus on diversity

99% of first year students live on-campus

Middle 50% SAT range is 1220-1340

97% of financial need met


Bowdoin College

bowdoin.edu

Brunswick, ME

Roughly 1,700 students

94% live on-campus

Average class size 16

87% come from outside Maine

SAT range for the mid 50% 1320-1500

SAT optional for students with a strong academic record

100% of financial aid met


A Gap Year


2 Programs to Consider


Using Family Connection

An Overview for Junior Parents


Overview

  • What is Family Connection?

  • How do I access it?

  • How do I register?

  • What can I do with it?

  • How does it help with college and career planning?


How Is It Accessed?


How Is It Accessed?

First time users must register here.

On subsequent visits, you will log in here.


New User Registration

Enter your registration code here and click “Register.”


Complete Your Registration


Select Your Child

Select your son and click “Go.”


Family Connection – Main Page


Exploring Colleges

Click on the “Colleges” tab to access information regarding colleges.


Colleges Page – My Colleges and College Research


College Research – College Search (Matchmaker)


College Search


College Search


College Search


College Search


College Search


College Search


College Search


College Search – Results Page


College Search – Results Page

To view schools in order based on certain criteria, click here and select the criterion.


College Search – Comparing Results on Results Page

To add a school to your “Hand-picked List,” click “Pick” next to the particular school.


College Search – Comparing Results on Results Page


College Search – Comparing Results on Results Page

Average GPA, SAT, etc. used in COMPARISONS are based on OUR data from the past 5 years of Prep college applicants.


College Research – Doing a Simple College Lookup


College Research – Doing a Simple College Lookup

Type in the name of a college (or part of the name) and click “Go.”


College Research – Doing a Simple College Lookup

Some searches will produce more than 1 result. Click the name of the college you’re interested in.


Sample College Information Page – General Info


Sample College Information Page – General Info

To move between sections of College Info, click on the desired tab.


Sample College Information Page – Admissions Info


Sample College Information Page – Admissions Info


Sample College Information Page – Financial Aid Info


Sample College Information Page – Financial Aid Info


Sample College Information Page – Majors and Degrees


Sample College Information Page – Student Life


Sample College Information Page – Student Life


Sample College Information Page – Student Life


Sample College Information Page – Student Life


Sample College Information Page – Student Life


Sample College Information Page – Official Website, Overlaps, Graph


Sample College Information Page – Graph/Scattergram

Again, accepted average GPA and SAT are based on Prep applicants from the past 5 years.


Graphs/Scattergrams

For faster reference, you can also view scattergrams by clicking here.


Colleges I’m Thinking About – View Your Son’s Prospective Colleges


Colleges I’m Thinking About –Your Son’s Prospective Colleges


Colleges I’m Thinking About –Your Son’s Prospective Colleges


Test Prep!


13-Week Test Prep - *Student Access*

Week By Week Instructions with Links


13-Week Test Prep - *Student Access*


13-Week Test Prep - *Student Access*


Career Interest Profilers and Searchable Database of Career Info


College Counseling

Questions


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