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College Counseling

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.

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College Planning Timeline

September

  • Attend School Counselor’s information session on the College Application process

  • Fill out the Notre Dame’s College Data Form

  • Students schedule individual post-high school planning meetings with School Counselor

  • Schedule remaining college visits and interviews

  • Meet with college representatives in the School Counseling Conference Room; visit dates posted on Naviance

  • Finalize college list and update it in Naviance

  • Attend the Financial Aid Application Presentation

  • Write personal essay in English class

  • Request teacher recommendations through Naviance

  • If appropriate, research scholarship opportunities

  • For prospective Division I and Division II athletes, register with NCAA Clearinghouse and send test scores

  • Make a chart indicating each school’s deadlines, testing requirements and other attributes

  • Review your transcript for accuracy

October

  • Complete early action/early decision applications and essays

  • Request official SAT and/or ACT scores to be sent to the college you are applying to

  • File FAFSA online

  • Check if your college requires CSS/Profile Form for financial aid and complete if required

  • Check with college regarding possible scholarships

  • Continue to meet with college representatives in the School Counseling Conference Room; visit dates posted on Naviance

  • Take SAT test, subject area tests and/or ACT test

November

  • If required, request 1st quarter grades to go to Early Decision/Early Action/Rolling colleges

  • Write thank you notes to Notre Dame teachers who have written your letters of recommendation

  • Early applicants: confirm colleges have received all your application materials

  • Complete regular decision applications

December

  • If appropriate/needed, take the December SAT Test/Subject Area Test/ACT test.

  • All application need to be submitted before the school goes on Christmas Vacation

January

  • Notify the School Counselor of Early Decision/Early Action/Rolling results

  • “Ace” first semester exams

March

  • Check email daily

April

  • Attend Accepted Student Days at the colleges you are thinking of attending

  • Make your choice by May 1st

  • Tell your School Counselor what college you are attending

“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

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