The College Coordinator’s Office is committed to working with our students beginning in their freshman year to guide and encourage them as they navigate the college admissions process. We work collaboratively alongside each student to ensure that he meets important deadlines, researches a wide array of colleges, registers for tests, and successfully completes applications. We are dedicated to ensuring that our students are well-prepared as they tackle any challenges they may face while working to achieve their goals in high school, while also working with them to develop a groundwork for success in their higher education aspirations.
The introduction to the college application process begins freshman year by encouraging students and their parents to log onto Naviance, a robust college search engine. One key tool that Naviance offers is the Learning Style Inventory (LSI), an online assessment which diagnoses students’ unique learning styles based on an analysis of their personal preferences in 22 different areas. A personally tailored report identifies each student’s unique environmental, emotional, sociological, and physical preferences. This information can then be used to personalize the college search process based on each student’s strengths. Early on in the college application process we also work on resume building with a focus on meaningful extra-curricular activities.
Sophomore year, we work with students to delve deeper into the vast features of Naviance with a special focus on the Needs Assessment, PLAN test interpretation, and the Personality Type Survey.
Junior year begins with formulating a plan for higher education with a focus on intensive college research. A Career Interest Inventory test is also administered. Periodic small group workshops covering several topics related to the college application process, including essay writing, college visits, EA, ED I, ED II, SAT’s, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and important deadlines, are offered for juniors and seniors.
Senior year, we meet with students to discuss, review, and enhance essays and resumes, as well as finalize college choices and submit applications.
Meetings will be held with parents regularly throughout the four year college preparatory and application process. Parents will also be kept abreast of information concerning financial aid and graduation requirements.
College Tuesdays/On-Site Decisions
College Tuesdays is a weekly event which features a variety of different colleges and universities stationed in a common area outside of the cafeteria so that students can learn about different schools at their leisure.
On-Site Decisions - Many schools visit Xaverian in order to provide our students with immediate acceptance decisions and financial aid information. Please view the College Tuesdays/On-Site Decisions tab in the Parents section of the website for more information.
Specialized Studies College Resources
Junior Timeline Booklet
Post-Secondary Transition Packet
Letter of Recommendation Request Form
College Application Submission Form
College Open Houses
Students are encouraged to attend as many college open houses as possible in order to learn which institutions most closely suit their needs. Please click here to view an updated list of upcoming open houses.
There are many programs available at colleges and universities for high school students. See below for some options our students might be interested in. Be sure to check out the bulletin board outside of the Guidance Office for a comprehensive list of available summer programs and internships.
Lebanon Valley College
Resources and Links
Xaverian's 2013-2014 School Profile
Naviance: Step-by-step instructions
- Common Application: This application can be used for over 300 colleges and universities, often with a supplement. Individual college supplements are accessible through the college's website or through the Common Application website.
- SAT Registration
- ACT Registration
- SAT and ACT deadlines
Financial Aid Resources:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- CSS Profile
- FinAid - A comprehensive financial aid website including a financial aid calculator.
- FastWeb - A free scholarship search service.
- Princeton Review's Top 10 College Majors
- GoCampusing.com - A great way to see a variety of colleges in an effective, fun way is to take part in Go Campusing's Summer College Tours. They even offer Pre-Planned College Tours for high schools students on long holiday weekends.
- Kaplan PSAT Prep Options
- NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete
- NAIA Eligibility Center
- CollegeWeekLive.com - live chat and connect with representatives from over 300 colleges
- Tax deduction information
- Kaplan Practice Test Workshops (free)
- Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students
- JP Morgan Chase Smart Start Scholarship info and application
- Additional scholarships
- Schoolsoup.com Scholarship Directory
- Foundation for Sight and Sound - scholarships for students who are hard of hearing, visually impaired, or blind
- Coto Tours - fall tour schedule
- College Week Live - University of California Virtual College Tour
- collegefairsonline.com - virtual college tours
- New York Times College Scholarship
- Varsity Tutors practice tests
STEP Program at Pratt Institute
Xaverian students are invited to apply for Pratt Institute's Saturday Discovery Program (STEP). This program is free and focuses on math, science, technology, and architecture. More info here
ACT/SAT Combo Test
Xaverian will be hosting an ACT/SAT Combo test on Saturday, November 23rd at 9am for all Xaverian students. The exam will be administered by Kaplan. More info here
Please feel free to contact Ms. Ana Loposky, College Coordinator, at (718) 836-7100 x166 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you might have concerning the college admissions process.