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College Planning

Our College Planning Philosophy

St. Ursula Academy provides a comprehensive college counseling program. We assist our students in identifying their God-given talents, strengths and needs, and assist them in selecting a college or university that is most holistically appropriate for them.  We believe that the best “fit” encompasses academic, spiritual, social and emotional components.

Overview of Services

Overview of Services

 

Freshmen

  • Activities for freshmen are geared toward the transition to high school, both academically and socially, as well as self awareness and stress management.

  • Freshmen students meet with their counselors once in the fall, once in the spring for academic and career advising, and additional appointments are scheduled as necessary.

  • Group guidance is held several times throughout the year to provide grade level information on topics such as Naviance, standardized testing, and other college and career related information.


Sophomores

  • Sophomore students meet with their counselors once in the fall, once in the spring for academic and career advising, and additional appointments are scheduled as necessary.

  • The PSAT is administered to sophomores during the school day in the fall.

  • Group guidance is held several times throughout the year to provide grade level information on topics such as Naviance, standardized testing, and other college and career related information.


Juniors

  • Individual college planning conferences are held in the spring for all juniors.  One parent (preferably both) is encouraged to participate in this meeting.

  • Juniors meet with college admission representatives throughout the fall semester.  Private and public colleges and universities visit Saint Ursula from across the country.

  • The PSAT is administered to all juniors.  This is the qualifying test for National Merit consideration.

  • Group guidance is held several times throughout the year to provide grade level information on topics such as Naviance, standardized testing, and other college and career related information.



Seniors
  • Seniors meet frequently with their counselors as they determine the colleges and/or universities to which they will apply and the process required to do so.

  • School counselors assist students with the college application process and submit necessary supplemental application documents.

  • Group guidance is held several times throughout the year to provide grade level information on topics such as Naviance, standardized testing, and other college and career related information.

  • Seniors meet with college admission representatives throughout the fall semester.


 

Evening/ Weekend College Planning Events

   Freshman and Sophomore College Night

   Junior College Night

   Junior College Night for Education Services students

   Senior College Night

   College Application Marathon for Seniors

   College Financial Aid Night

 

Individual College Planning Conference
In the junior year, each student and her parents meet with her counselor for a college planning session. This in-depth, personalized meeting lasts approximately two hours and covers the following topics: St. Ursula Academy transcript, standardized testing strategy, letters of recommendation, college essay,  resume, prospective college lists, and much more. A student's course requests for her senior year schedule will also be discussed in this meeting. In the fall of the senior year, follow up status check meeting will be held with each student.
  

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive website that all students use to explore interests, identify strengths, and help in making plans about careers and colleges. Naviance also provides resources and individual tools to assist students with the transitions of high school.

Some of what Naviance provides:

  • Get involved in the planning process for college and careers. Learn more about your strengths and abilities by completing interest inventories, surveys, and assessments.
  • Research colleges and compare GPA, test scores, and other statistics to historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Research hundreds of careers and career clusters and take career assessments.
  • Connect to many outside resources, including college websites, scholarships, standardized test sites, NCAA clearinghouse, etc.
  • Will keep track of colleges that the student has applied to and track that materials have been sent.

Each student has a personal page on Naviance called “Family Connections”. All students will use Naviance over the course of their time at SUA, ending with the college application process.


NCAA

To play Division I or II sports you must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

 

 

Send all ACT/SAT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center (code: 9999).