A Notre Dame student starts the journey of finding the right college during his freshman year. By the beginning of his senior year, he is prepared to take the lead in the process of finding the school that best fits his needs academically and socially. As a result of partnership in the search process between the student and the school, our students attend some of the finest colleges and universities and go on to become highly successful during their college careers.
During his four years at Notre Dame, the college counselors will work with the students to help them develop the skills necessary to be successful in their post-secondary careers. This is done through:
- Self-assessment – The college process is a growth experience that offers students the opportunity to examine and learn about their strengths, weaknesses, values and goals in life.
Resume Building – At the start of their freshman year students are encourage strongly to become involved in the school community through extra-curricular activities, community service, athletics, and fine arts programs.
Self-advocacy – Through their four years we nurture them to become independent learners. By senior year the student plays the principle role in the college selection process, the student takes the lead in creating a viable list of schools, then taking the next step of visiting the schools, deciding where to apply, completing the applications, and deciding where to enroll. The college counselors work as guides in this process.
“My favorite part of teaching at ND is witnessing the maturation of young boys who enter as freshmen, and graduate as confident and compassionate men. These four years are incredibly transformative.” Carmen Gunneson, Faculty & Chair, Foreign Language Department