The College Admissions Process

Notre Dame is known for the excellence of its college admissions process. As sophomores, students are encouraged to explore careers and colleges using Naviance, an Internet-based software program that includes SAT/ACT test preparation and can also be accessed from home.

In collaboration with Sacred Heart Academy, Notre Dame sponsors an annual College Fair Night in early October. More than 100 college and university representatives are in attendance to answer questions, provide information, and distribute materials on their college.

In the college selection process, junior year is key. The Guidance Counselor begins by reviewing each student’s scores on the PSAT and PLAN to help better prepare for the SAT and/or ACT. Students then meet on a regular basis with their counselor to review the Naviance program; how to search for a college; what a college is looking for; resume building; the college application form and teacher recommendations; and college visits and interviews. In the spring, each student’s guidance counselor meets with him and his family to help organize a list of colleges that mirror his interest and academic ability.
In senior year, the Department continues its review and support for each student. We recommend that all applications be completed and turned into Guidance by mid-November.


Testing is an integral part of the Guidance & Counseling Department’s ability to assess the present needs of students and prepare them for the college admission process. The tests we use include:

9th Grade - Explore
10th Grade - Plan and PSAT
11th & 12th Grade - SAT/ACT

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  • Parental Involvement

    In addition to the annual course selection meeting, counselors invite and/or welcome parents to meetings during the year as needed. In the final two years, the Department provides informational meetings for parents along with a one-on-one meeting with each junior family concerning the college admission and financial aid processes.
  • The Sophomore Advantage

    Sophomore year includes a Life Skills class during which counselors meet weekly with small groups of students to begin thinking about the future and exploring things like learning styles, personality types, college selection, and possible careers. Each year the Department sponsors a Sophomore Teen Life Day consisting of a keynote speaker and workshops focusing on adolescent issues. Students may register for workshops of their choice.
  • Alumni Career Day

    Offered in alternating years, Alumni Career Day is an exciting event for all involved. Typically more than 100 alumni participated in panels describing the day-to-day aspects of work in their fields. Students are able to choose workshops in a multitude of areas included but not limited to: business (finance, accounting, ownership etc...), communications, education, engineering, civil service, law (and even puppetry!).

The Personal Touch

Guidance counselors meet annually with each student and his family to determine which courses he will take, based on his record and goals. As part of the guidance process, students complete a Needs Assessment that help us make recommendations as needed for individual counseling, group work, or occasional encouragement.

Counselors and the student’s TA teacher review progress reports and report cards each term and meet with the students who may be struggling. Together, we formulate an action plan.

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