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College Counseling

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All Marian students and parents are encouraged to register for Naviance Student by sending Mr. Gerry O'Brien an email. Naviance Student will help students and parents with making decisions about college and career plans as well allowing Counseling to inform students and parents about important events, programs, deadlines, etc. via email.

Listing of scholarships is now available in Naviance Student! To view the list of scholarships, visit Naviance Student and after registering as a returning user or signing on as a guest (password - dominicans), then click on "Scholarships & Aid" in the left sidebar of the opening page.

Preparation for college admission begins the first day a student enters Marian Catholic High School. While applying to college takes place in the fall of senior year, college admissions counselors look at a student´s total academic profile. Marian provides a rigorous college prep curriculum and it is important that students meet the challenge and do their best from the beginning. Creating "Scholars with a Soul" means we take the life of the mind and faith seriously. Cumulative grade point average and rank in class are computed beginning with your first day of school. The first two years of high school are vitally important to the college admission process. Students cannot make the mistake of "waiting until Junior year" to prepare for college.

Searching for a college match is a highly individualized process. The counselors in the Counseling Department work diligently to assist students in the college search. A guiding principle of college counseling is "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."

As students and parents enter this subjective college search process, they must be careful of attaching hopes and dreams to only one college or university, being careful not to create a mythic place. Most people can be happy at any number of colleges. It is advisable to investigate different colleges with varying degrees of selectivity - highly selective to less selective - that can satisfy academic, social, and extracurricular preferences. The happiest high school student is the one who in April of Senior Year can say, "It almost doesn´t matter where I am accepted. Whatever college I attend, I will be happy, satisfied, and prepared to be successful." This perspective is reached by researching schools, using the resources of the College Room, and working closely with the Counselors.

There will be opportunities for both parents and students to talk and meet with counselors during sophomore, junior, and senior years. There are evening programs for parents held throughout the school year to help with the college search process. Reminders about programs and deadlines will be communicated in News from the World of Counseling (the Counseling Newsletter). Information will also be posted in Naviance Student. To register on Naviance Student, contact Mr. O’Brien at

Using Naviance Student which lists information about college visits and fairs, scholarships, and web resources will give the parents and students a chance to be proactive, looking ahead with confidence. Please contact the Counseling Department for further information and assistance at 708-755-7565 extension 1407.