Archbishop Stepinac High School
Stepinac

the college plan

The college selection process really begins in freshman year and ends with the student’s decision on which college he will attend. There are particular tasks to be accomplished in each of the four years of high school.

Listed below are some specific topics and issues that are presented by the Guidance counselor in each of the four years.

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • The role of the school counselor
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Techniques to improve study skills
  • Mid-term and final exam preparation skills
  • How to use the Naviance program

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Updating the Naviance program.
  • Exploring career and college majors.
  • Researching college programs associated with career interests.
  • Determining the requirements needed to attend the school that matches their career interests.
  • Taking the PSAT exam in October and then discussing areas of strength and concern.
  • Encouraging involvement in extra-curricular activities.
  • Maintaining strong academic progress.
  • Explaining the SAT Subject Tests.

JUNIOR YEAR

Juniors begin at more deliberate approach to the college selection process. During the year, the Guidance counselor will:

  • Host a series of informational evenings and events for students and parents regarding the college selection process.
  • Work with students on refining their college search.
  • Arrange meetings with college representatives visiting the campus.
  • Have students create autobiographies and resumes that highlight their abilities.
  • Profile colleges that fit the student’s interests.
  • Provide information about SAT preparation programs.
  • Encourage student to write their college essay.

SENIOR YEAR

The Guidance counselor will:

  • Have each student apply to his primary college choices.
  • Complete the final draft of their college essays.
  • Host a Financial Aid Workshop for parents.