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Welcome to the Oakland Catholic College Counseling Office!
It is our goal to provide a supportive and knowledgeable college preparatory environment for our students. The College Counseling Office strives to implement college preparation strategies by educating students and parents through information sessions, events, and workshops. We also value opportunities to interact and build relationships with colleges,
The college search and application process is a personal process. Therefore, in addition to programming, we strongly encourage that students and families schedule a one-on-one meeting with her college counselor. We aim to make sure that each family is well-informed with accurate and current information. We also will help families develop a clear idea of their post-secondary goals, and how to best reach those goals.
Our hope is that through education, research, and exposure, the college admission process will become more transparent to our students. Ultimately our goal is to provide an environment that will equip and educate each student to become an expert in her own admission process, as well as a confident and independent self-advocate, who is well prepared for post-secondary education.
The College Counseling team is currently meeting with juniors (and families) via Zoom. We are discussing post-secondary goals, and how to build a college list that is well-balanced and tailored to each student’s desires and needs. We are discussing virtual resources and how to prepare for college admission during the COVID-19 pandemic (in the midst of standardized test cancellations and campus closures).
College counseling usually offers monthly in-class sessions and CCW sessions throughout junior and senior year to help build a foundation on the basics of the college admission process all the way to specifics on applying to highly selective schools. Some sessions are mandatory, others are optional. Due to current circumstances, we will address these specifics in our individual Zoom meetings. Additional resources will be provided to students and families through their SCOIR accounts.
The College Counseling department also offers Colleges Application Boot Camps during the summer going into senior year. This is for seniors only as it involves completing and application for admission. A student is unable to apply for college prior to the summer before senior year, unless the student plans to graduate early and skip her senior year.
EVENTS & RESOURCES DURING COVID
The College Counseling Department will be hosting a virtual coffee for parents of seniors. Click here for details!
- Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni
- Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
- The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together by Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark
Revolution Prep is offering a number of free online services including live proctored practice SAT and ACT exams, homework help, and webinars. Click the title above for related links & details.
'3RPrep' is offering virtual SAT and ACT prep offerings including free YouTube sessions and free practice tests. Click the title above for related links & details.
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Recently / Frequently Asked Questions: Current Juniors (Rising Seniors)
- I was registered for an SAT or ACT test that got cancelled. What can I do with my registration? Am I automatically registered for the next upcoming test?
- I have not yet taken a standardized test, or I have taken a test but was hoping to improve my score with subsequent testing. Given test cancellations, will colleges change their policies on testing or how they weight it in the admission process?
- I am interested in applying to Pitt and Penn State. Has either school made any changes to their admission policies?
- Will there be any changes to the actual application?
- Will colleges extend their application deadlines?
- What if I cannot visit a school due to campus closures?
- My spring activities and athletic involvements have been hindered by school closures. Will this hurt my application?
Colleges are currently deciding what is next for their next admission cycle; many are “waiting to see” what happens in our nation over the next few months. A number of colleges have made the decision to go test-optional for next year only (about 25% of the nation’s 4-year colleges already have test-optional policies in place). The number of colleges who are going test-optional are growing each day. Some colleges are still requiring the tests, emphasizing their holistic application review, reminding students that test scores are only one piece of the puzzle. In general, it’s important to remember that your application will be read in context - and your peers all throughout the world are facing similar limitations and challenges. It is likely that the admission statistics and “profile” data will change significantly next year, as very few students have had access to standardized tests.
Not yet. Both Pitt and Penn State plan to require standardized test scores for application review, however, this could change in coming months. Pitt branch campuses are considering test-optional policies for non-nursing, non-engineering majors. Each school recommends that you sign up for their admission updates through the admission website to receive the latest updates on their admission policies. As of now, Pitt still plans to make admission decisions on a rolling basis (starting in August), and Penn State will hold to their priority deadline. This could change, however, so it is recommended that you stay up-to-date by enrolling in each school’s admissions updates.
It can be difficult to determine fit if you have not had the opportunity to visit a school, however, colleges are adapting just as we are during this time. Many colleges are offering virtual tours, information sessions, and even interactive sessions with academic departments and faculty members. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to connect virtually until you have the opportunity to visit a school. Remember, there is no harm in applying to a school. Even if you are admitted, you are not bound to attend (unless you applied Early Decision). The hope is that you will have an opportunity to visit colleges campuses before you decide to enroll next May.
This will not hinder your application. Colleges are aware of the global pandemic, and are also experiencing similar limitations on campus as a result.It is very likely that your peer applicants are in the same position. However, it never hurts to provide context. There is room on most applications to share context to your academics or experiences. On the Common Application, this section is called the “Additional Information” section. The Additional Information section is truly optional. It serves as place to give context to a discrepancy on your transcript, or a disruption in education and/or activities. In this section, you will have the opportunity to briefly outline the changes that have occurred in your school, region, state, (and family if applicable).You can detail how these changes have impacted you (this could mean academically or in regards to your ability to participate in activities and athletics). Highlight what you have done to prepare for the athletic season (or for the cancelled event that you had been planning), and how you re-directed your free time in the era of social-distancing. Did you participate in clubs or organizations via Zoom? Did you continue with your marathon (or track and field) training by completing your own personal workouts? Did this time at home present an opportunity to start something new, such as a service project? Focusing on what you did do will show college admission committees that you are resourceful.
Recently / Frequently Asked Questions: Current Seniors (Almost Graduates)
- Will colleges be offering classes this fall, or will classes be held online?
- Can I take a gap year/defer my admission for a year?
- My family’s finances have already changed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not sure I can afford my current financial aid award. Is there anything I can do?
- I need more time to make my decision on where to enroll. Can I extend my enrollment deadline?
- I cannot afford to pay the entire enrollment deposit. What can I do to secure my spot?
The hope is that colleges will resume classes on their physical brick and mortar campuses next fall, however, much is unknown right now. Be reassured that you will not need to pay for room and board if you are attending class virtually. Most colleges have partially refunded room and board payments to students who were residing on campus prior to the campus shut downs.
This article lists Colleges' Plans for Reopening in the Fall (updated frequently).
In most cases, yes. You simply will need to submit your enrollment deposit by May 1 (or June 1, if they have extended the enrollment deadline) in order to secure your spot. You can then inform your college that you plan to defer your admission for a year. Some schools will allow you to defer admission for up to two years. It is recommended that you inquire about deferment options which each college, as policies may differ. Please note that you financial aid award and/or scholarships may change if you defer. It is encouraged that you email the admission office or financial aid office to discuss your options.
This NPR article echoes the uncertainty students across the country feel about their fall enrollment.
Yes. Unlike an financial aid award appeal, which asks for more money based off of similar competitive offers you have received, an actual change in family finances can qualify you for a “professional judgment.” It is recommended that you reach out to the financial aid office to inform them of your updated finances. They most likely are going to ask for documentation and specific numbers as it relates to income and asset fluctuation. There is a good chance that if finances have changed significantly, you may qualify for increased need-based aid, or grant aid. Remember, grants to not need to be paid back.
As you know, the universal college enrollment deadline is May 1 of each year. However, some (not all) colleges have decided to extend their enrollment deadline until June 1. In some cases, this is automatic (as will be stated in email communications or on their websites), and in other cases, you have to specifically ask for an extension. It never hurts to reach out to the Pittsburgh admission representative to ask for an extension, as there is not risk in asking.
Some schools are waiving the enrollment deposit, and others will waive a deposit with a NACAC enrollment deposit waiver. In order to qualify for a NACAC enrollment deposit waiver, please refer to the guidelines outlined on NACAC’s website. In some cases, colleges are willing to reduce the deposit amount due on a case by case basis, depending on family finances. Please remember, that anything not paid via deposit, will be billed in July/August for the upcoming semester.
Browse through this knowledge base for answers to frequently asked questions about the topics below. Always feel free to contact the College Counseling Office with any additional questions.
We recommend taking one SAT and one ACT test, and determining which test is a better fit for you. Once you choose one test (either the SAT or ACT), it is encouraged that you seek preparation for that particular test. You may take the test multiple times, to give yourself the opportunity to improve your score.
You may also need to consider SAT II Subject Tests. Some schools recommend or require these additional tests as a component of their admission process.
If you are an international student, you may be required to take the TOEFL as well. Please check the website of the colleges which you are applying. Sometimes TOEFL is waved depending on SAT and ACT scores.
Q: When should I start preparing for the standardized tests?
A: It is recommended that you prepare to take either the SAT or ACT in December of junior year. Click here for a full list of test dates and test prep resources. The next test offered after that is the ACT in February, or the SAT in March. You may certainly take a test prior to December of junior year, but it is discouraged to take the SAT or ACT prior to junior year. Many colleges require that the tests be taken after sophomore year.
Regarding SAT II Subject Tests, it is encourage to take each assessment immediately upon completion of an advanced course in the subject. For an example, it would be best to take the Molecular Biology SAT II Subject Test upon completion of an AP Biology Course.
Q: What does it mean to "superscore" my test scores?
A: Superscoring is a method where a college can choose to take your best scores from each subject tested, even if these scores were earned on different testing dates. For an example, the college may choose to take your highest Math score from an SAT you took in June, and your highest Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing score from an SAT you took in October, to combine them to get your highest possible score. Some colleges also choose to superscore for the ACT components. Not all colleges superscore, so it is important that you do your research by visiting the college admission website or inquiring the admission office to find out what is true of the admission process for each particular institution.
Q: I am applying to a test-optional school. Should I self-report and send my scores?
A: It depends on the school's freshman profile. All schools have a median fifty percent SAT or ACT score range, or an average SAT or ACT score, even the test-optional schools. You can find this by searching for it on the admission website or by asking a college admission representative. If your scores fall within the range or above the range, it is recommended that you send your scores. If you fall below the range, only send them if your transcript needs additional support. Test-optional schools look heavily upon the transcript (rigor of classes taken and grades earned) to determine your readiness and fit for their program. If your transcript is not the strongest, you may want to consider sending in test scores as well. Some schools even provide a required minimum GPA in order to opt for test-optional.
Q: How many times should I take my SAT or ACT?
A: This is entirely a personal preference. It is recommended that once your choose which test is a better fit for you, stick only to that test, and retake it at least once or twice more from when you originally took the test. You may choose which scores you send to a college, and therefore it is no risk to take the test multiple times. You may score higher months later just by the fact that you have more math under your belt than you had the last time you took the test. On the other hand, it is good to strike a healthy balance. If you have taken a test 3 or 4 times, it may be best to rest. I don't recommend taking the ACT and SAT within the same month, or repeatedly taking both tests over again.
Q: Who sends my standardized test scores in to colleges?
A: You (the student) do. It is required that official standardized test scores be sent to colleges through the testing website - either the College Board (for the SAT) or the ACT website. You may choose to have your scores sent for free up to 4 colleges, however, you must make this decision before you take the test, before you get to see your scores.
Applying to Colleges
The earliest you can begin applying to colleges is the summer prior to your senior year, although that still is early to be submitting an application. Each college has a different timeline and deadlines, so be sure to become an expert on the admission websites of your colleges of interest. Particular programs require early application deadlines.
It is of no benefit to start an application during your junior year (unless you plan to graduate early) for many reasons.:
1) You will want to report your senior year schedule/classes on your application.
2) You will be asked to report your involvements and activities throughout high schools, and senior year activities, leadership positions, and service hours all count and will be evaluated. You will be unable to build your senior year activity list and report potential leadership positions if you complete your application prematurely.
3) You may lose your work. The Common Application rolls out an updated application on August 1 prior to senior year. If you have already started the application prior to that date, some of your work may be lost in the rollover.
My suggestion is that instead of prematurely beginning an application, invest your time in becoming an expert in the admission process of each school of interest. Make a chart. Learn about what is recommended, what is required, and research potential essay questions. Visit campus if you can, and interview if interviews are offered. Prepare for standardized tests, make sure your curriculum aligns with that which the college requires. If you need to take a summer course to put your on track for senior year, do so; (i.e. if you plan to apply to an engineering program and you are not on track to take Calculus your senior year, you may want to consider taking PreCalculus over the summer to put you on track).
Early Action, Early Decision, and Early Decision II?
Early Action has an early deadline just like Early Decision, and you are notified of your decision early, however it is non-binding. This means that if you are offered admission at the school, you are not required to enroll. The benefits of applying Early Action is that your application has been submitted early and you will find out early whether or not you are admitted without having to commit to that particular school. The con to Early Action is that it is often more competitive than Early Decision and Regular Decision (depending on the school). In most cases you can apply to multiple schools Early Action, however, some schools have Restricted Early Action, which means you can only apply to that particular school EA or ED.
Early Decision is for you if you "know that you know" that you want to attend a particular school. You can only apply to one school Early Decision, and it is binding. Be sure to have applied for Financial Aid before you decide to commit to a school, it is important that you are able to afford the school, given the financial aid award, before committing. This means that if you are offered admission, you are promising to enroll at that school. ED is a way to express your interest, and show that particular school that they are your number one choice. You will find out your admission decision early in the process. Often ED is less competitive than Early Action, and in many cases, less competitive than Regular Decision, however, like most things it depends on the school. It never hurts to look at data to determine the number of students accepted from the ED applicant pool compared to the number of students accepted under EA and RD.
Early Decision II is for those who may not have been admitted into their first choice ED school, however, are prepare to to commit to their second choice school. Sometimes if a student is deferred from Early Action, a school will allow select applicants to apply ED II. This is essentially a second round of Early Decision applicants. It is for those who are ready to commit, as it is binding. It may be slightly more competitive than ED I, however, less competitive than RD (depending on the school, of course). ED II applicants are often notified of their decisions before RD applicants are notified.Back to top
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Types of Aid
Student Loans - Loans are monies that you do need to pay back to the federal government upon graduating. Freshman are offered up to $5500, Sophomores are offered up to $6500, and Juniors and Seniors are offered up to $7500 per year. All students who apply through the FAFSA (regardless of financial need) are offered these loans. Financial need determines the types of loans a student may receive. If a student has demonstrated financial need, a student might receive a portion of these loans in a subsidized loan, which is a loan that does not accrue interest until a student graduates from college. All students who apply through the FAFSA and who plan to be a full time students, are offered an unsubsidized loan, which is a loan that does accrue interest from the minute it is dispersed.
Grants - Grants are free monies that do not need to be paid back. Grants are need-based, and can be offered through the federal government (The Pell Grant), through your individual state, and through individual colleges. Since financial need may fluctuate year to year, so do grants, depending on the family's finances. Students need to re-apply for grants every year by completing the FAFSA and (if required) the CSS Profile.
Scholarships - Scholarships are free monies that do not need to be paid back. Scholarships are, most of the time, not based on financial need. They may be based on merit, service, or any number of categories that identify a student as 'exceptional.' Scholarships that are "renewable" mean that they may be offered each year that the student attends college. Some scholarships are fixed for all four years, and others may only be offered for one year. It is a good idea to make sure you know whether a scholarship is renewable or not. Some schools will automatically consider you for scholarships based on your college application, others require that you apply for specific scholarships that are offered at the school. There are many scholarships that are offered outside of institutions and can be found through your local community or websites such as fastweb. It is recommended that students apply for many scholarships, especially the smaller more obscure ones. Scholarships should cost you nothing to apply and may require an essay and transcript submission. (Beware of scholarships or scholarship search sites that make you pay in order to apply.) Click here for a substantial list of scholarship options and search sites.
Q: When can apply for Financial Aid?
A: The FAFSA and CSS Profile opens October 1 of senior year. It is required that you refer to the prior year's taxes. For an example, if I am a senior, class of 2018, I can (and should) complete the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year (this is when I will be in my freshman year of college) using the taxes that have already been filed in 2017 (which are reflective of the 2016 finances).
Q: What is the FAFSA?
A: The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is FREE and can be found here: https://fafsa.ed.gov. It must be completed from the perspective of the student. It does NOT bind you to taking out loans, it simply is a way to see what aid you might qualify for with the federal government, state, and individual institutions. Both the student and the parents must sign the FAFSA using a pin. The FAFSA generates an EFC, or Expected Family Contribution. This is how much money the government determines that a particular household can contribute to their child's post-secondary education, per year. Based on this amount a family may qualify for grants through the federal government, state, or institution. This amount changes each year based on financial fluctuations that may occur in the family, and therefore a family needs to apply for financial aid every year.
Q. What is the CSS Profile?
A: The CSS Profile is the College Scholarship Search Profile, developed by the College Board. Many colleges require that the CSS Profile be submitted in addition to the FAFSA in order to calculate the family's EFC in order to determine student's need. The CSS Profile can be found here: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org. There is a fee to completing the CSS Profile. The CSS profile asks for similar information as the FAFSA and also does a bit of a deeper dive into finances and assets.
Q: What if I am only interested in applying for scholarships, do I have to apply for Financial Aid via the FAFSA and CSS Profile?
A: Be prepare to complete both the FAFSA and CSS Profile, even if you are only interested in scholarships. Some college require that all students interested in any aid - be it merit-based scholarships, or grants, complete these applications.
Q: What if I don't want to take out any student loans?
A: It is still very important to apply for Financial Aid, as you may qualify for need-based grants. Grants do not need to be paid back, and are free money offered to help you pay for your education.
Each year begins of a new chapter in the adventure of college preparation at Oakland Catholic High School. Explore the tabs below to get a sense of every grade level's full trajectory.
*Note: Check 'Updates & Events' and 'Covid-19 FAQs' above for changes relevant to our current situation.
Topics for Discussion
- Freshman year matters: it’s a fresh start, an opportunity to establish and maintain a strong GPA.
- Course selection matters and can set you on a trajectory. (This particularly applies to math courses).
- Now is the time to be establishing positive relationships with teachers, coaches, peers, and administration (foundation for glowing recommendation letters).
- Activities and involvement: choosing activities, maintaining involvement, looking for leadership and service opportunities. Discovering passions and interests.
- One on one meetings are not necessary during freshman year. If there is particular concern or interest, the Director of College Counseling will partner with the student’s school counselor, administration, and teachers to ensure that appropriate classes and curriculum are selected for the student depending on her interest and college goals.
Topics for Discussion
- Sophomore year matters: if your GPA suffered during freshman year, an upward trend in grades can be redemptive. Keep working hard at either maintaining a strong GPA or improving your freshman year GPA. The sooner you correct your course, the easier it is to boost your GPA and overall grade trend.
- Course selection: staying on track with course selection in order to meet and exceed college requirements for a specific major (math is of particular importance for highly selective STEM related fields).
- PSAT’s and test prep.
- Continue establishing positive relationships with teachers, coaches, peers, and administration (foundation for glowing recommendation letters).
- Activities and involvement: sustaining involvement in activities, exploring new activities, pursuing leadership opportunities as well as opportunities to serve the community. Continuing to discover passions and interests and seeking to dive deeper.
- Self-exploration: encourage students to think about their strengths. Which classes are the most engaging? Why? What do friends, teachers, and family members say about your strengths? How could these strengths lead to a potential course of study or occupation?
- Career exploration: college counseling will maintain a presence while school counseling conducts career assessments.
- Consider a summer pre-college program at a university for rising juniors and seniors.
- One on one meetings are not necessary during sophomore year. If there is particular concern, the Director of College Counseling will partner with the student’s school counselor, administration, and teachers to ensure that appropriate classes are selected for the student depending on her interest and college goals.
- In the fall of junior year, students should begin to explore test preparation.
- Colleges will be sending representatives to visit Oakland Catholic throughout the fall. Students will be able to view the schedule of visits on the Oakland Catholic website and in Naviance, and must sign up ahead of time. These visits take place in the counseling office conference room throughout the school day. If a student needs to miss class to meet with a college representative, she must have permission from her teacher.
- Standardized testing discussion in classes: SAT/ACT content, differences, test prep information, suggested testing timeline, and creating your own standardized testing plan. Students should prepare to start taking the SAT or ACT in December of junior year, followed by either the ACT in February or the SAT in March of junior year.
- Financial Aid Night (evening program together with Central Catholic). The college counseling offices at Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic will invite a representative from a financial aid office at a college/university who will facilitate the evening presentation and discussion. This night is open all Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic juniors, seniors, and their families.
- Two sessions will be held in January during CCW’s. Introduction to Naviance (session I): assist students through initial registration, highlight college search features, and more. More Naviance (session II): continue with Naviance training and introduce additional features. The Junior Questionnaire will be addressed and distributed during a religion class in January. We will discuss college research, college visits, and the importance of completing the questionnaire.
- Junior College Planning Night (evening program). Topics to cover: self-exploration, college exploration and research, and how colleges evaluate applicants. Admissions representatives and the Director of College Counseling will talk to students and parents in a panel format.
- Individual College Counseling Meetings: college research, creating a well-rounded list, finding the right “fit,” college visits, college interviews, focusing on your own process, schedule planning for senior year, and summer opportunities/plans.
- College visits: students will be allowed two excused absences during their junior year to visit colleges. Juniors are also encouraged to take advantage of days off such as spring break, President’s Day, and summer break to make college visits.
- Recommendation letter discussion (in religion classes). Discussion on: what are teacher letters, what are counselor letters, selecting recommenders, selecting subject areas, number of recommenders, and recommendation procedures.
- Case Studies (evening program). Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic will team up to host an evening of Case Studies for parents and students. Together, facilitated by the college counseling office, we will go through three applicants who are applying to a fictitious university. The parents and students are now tasked to be the admission committee in order to decide which of the applicants they will admit, waitlist, and deny. Facilitators will lead parents and students through the application review and decision making process to help provide perspective on how admission committees make decisions.
- College essays and resume prep (in classes). The Director of College Counseling will collaborate with the English department to help guide students through the process of composing a reader-friendly college resume and writing a compelling application essay.
June – November
- Individual college counseling meetings. Students have the opportunity to schedule a time to come into the counseling office over the summer or during the fall to meet with the Director of College Counseling.
- Students are encouraged to visit colleges, tour, and interview when applicable. Seniors are allowed three excused absences to visit colleges during the school year. Students may choose to reserve these for admitted student visits in the spring.
- SAT and ACT test taking and preparation. Students should have taken one SAT test and one ACT test. Once a student has chosen a test to retake, she should continue taking that particular test, as well as seek further test preparation if necessary. If a student is applying to a school that requires or recommends SAT II Subject Tests, these tests should be taken at this time; ideally immediately following completion of an advanced class in the subject.
- Submitting college applications. Students are encouraged to wait until August, at the earliest, to begin completing college applications. Applications should be submitted by December 1.
- College Application Boot Camp I & II. Two identical Boot Camps will be held in August. Each Boot Camp is a three-day event, lasting two hours/day, taking place in the Lecture Hall at Oakland Catholic. This Boot Camp is open to seniors only. Students are required to bring their laptop, as the sessions revolve around completing the Common Application. Students will learn about matching the application in Naviance, qualities admission committees are looking for in an applicant, how to make a lasting impression, and how to demonstrate interest. The Boot Camp will wrap up with an essay writing workshop. A modified/abbreviated version of the Boot Camp will be offered during a CCW in the fall for students who are unable to attend the summer Boot Camp.
- During the first week of school, the Director of College Counseling will visit classes to discuss college application procedures, timelines, deadlines, and policies. She will discuss the process of requesting recommendation letters, using Naviance in the college application process, and college visits.
- Senior Parent Night (evening program). The Director of College Counseling will review the application process and procedure with parents. She will discuss how colleges evaluate applications, expectations and student responsibilities, and the importance of focusing on each student’s own process.
- Explaining early application results, recording information in Naviance, and reporting scholarship information (in classes). We will discuss types of possible results, what does it mean to be deferred, actions to take, and how to record results in Naviance.
- Athletics in the Admission Process (evening program).
- Financial Aid Night (evening program together with Central Catholic). The college counseling offices at Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic will invite a representative from a financial aid office at a college/university who will facilitate the evening presentation and discussion. This night is open all Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic juniors, seniors, and their families.
December – May
- Individual college counseling meetings: decision-making, scholarships, evaluating financial aid offers, final college visits, demonstrated interest, and the wait list.
- College visits: seniors are allowed three excused absences for making college visits. Many colleges host admitted student programs in April. If a student is considering enrolling at a particular school and has not visited, it is encouraged that she visits the school before committing.
- Regular decision results, the waitlist, making final decisions, depositing, recording all results in Naviance, and sending final transcripts. Discussion will include what it means to be waitlisted, actions to take when on the waitlist, and depositing to only one college.
- Graduation Survey: how to complete this survey in Naviance in order to ensure that all results and final college decisions are reported. This is important so that the student’s final transcript will be sent to the appropriate college and for school reporting purposes.
As successfully as Oakland Catholic High School prepares young women for the next step in their educational journey, it is also essential that students pursue opportunities and explore interests outside the realm of our school community. Colleges often reward extracurricular experiences that mandate an added level of effort and commitment. Browse through the list we've compiled below, but feel free to search beyond this site and research additional programs. Opportunities abound!
Check back often for updates post-COVID-19 restrictions...
Sophomores and Juniors: 3R Prep will be offering an ACT Prep Course. This course will consist of eight two-hour classes taking place immediately after school during the months of March and April. This course will prepare students for the April ACT. These classes will operate similarly to the SAT Prep Course, however the content will focus on ACT test prep strategy. There is a fee to enroll in this class. Dates, pricing, and registration will be available soon.
Sophomores and Juniors: Practice makes perfect! Take advantage of Khan Academy's free online SAT test prep. If you would like to practice for the ACT, stop by the counseling office to pick up a copy an ACT practice test. If you would like to take a proctored practice test, 3RPrep offers a free proctored SAT or ACT test. The best way to combat test anxiety is to practice in order to become comfortable with the test itself.
Sophomores and Juniors: Consider visiting a college or two over Presidents' Day weekend or spring break. Many schools offer visitation days in the spring. Make sure you check out the admission website of the particular school of interest to register for a tour, information session, or event on campus.
Summer break is a time to relax and have fun. It is also a great time to build on learnings, step out of your comfort zone, and meet new friends. Colleges and Universities offer countless programs to gain these experiences as high school and incoming college students. Check out the list below and seek out further experiences that match your interests!
The following are post secondary institutions to which the members of the class of 2019 have been accepted.
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland State University
Coastal Carolina University
College of William & Mary
Columbia College Chicago
Community College of Allegheny County
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Fairleigh Dickinson University
George Brown College
George Mason University
Grove City College
Indiana University at Bloomington
John Carroll University
Kent State University
La Salle University
Los Angeles College of Music, CA
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Maryland
Miami University, Oxford
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College
Ringling College of Art and Design
Robert Morris University
Saint Francis University
Saint Louis University
Saint Vincent College
Sarah Lawrence College
Seton Hall University
Seton Hill University
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Texas A&M University
The Catholic University of America
The George Washington University
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama
Thomas Jefferson University
University College Dublin
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kentucky
University of Michigan
University of Mount Union
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh, University Honors College
University of Rochester
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin Madison
Wake Forest University
Washington and Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
West Virginia University
Wheaton College IL
Xavier University of Louisiana
The following are post secondary institutions to which the members of the class of 2017 have been accepted.
Alderson-Broaddus College, WV
Allegheny College, PA
American University, DC
The American University of Paris, France
Appalachian State University, NC
Arcadia University, PA
Arizona State University, AZ
Baldwin Wallace University, OH
Bard College Berlin, Germany
Barnard College, NY
Becker College, MA
Boston College, MA
Boston University, MA
Boston University, MA, Honors College
Bowie State University, MD
Bowling Green State University, OH
Bridgewater College, VA, Flory Honors
Bucknell University, PA
Butler University, IN
California University of Pennsylvania, PA
Capital University, OH
Carlow University, PA
Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Case Western Reserve University, OH
The Catholic University of America, DC
Chatham University, PA
Clemson University, SC
Cleveland State University, OH
Coastal Carolina University, SC
College of Charleston, SC
College of William and Mary, VA
Colgate University, NY
Columbia College Chicago, IL
Columbia University, NY
Connecticut College, CT
Cornell University, NY
Delaware State University, DE
Denison University, OH
DePaul University, IL
Dickinson College, PA
Drexel University, PA
Duquesne University, PA
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, PA
Elon University, NC
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
Emerson College, MA
Fordham University, NY
Fordham University, NY, Honors Program
Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH
Franklin & Marshall College, PA
Gannon University, PA
Geneva College, PA
George Mason University, VA
The George Washington University, DC
Gordon College, MA
Grove City College, PA
Hampton University, VA
High Point University, NC
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY
Hofstra University, NY
Howard University, DC
Immaculata University, PA
Indiana University at Bloomington, IN
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA
Ithaca College, NY
James Madison University, VA
John Carroll University, OH
John Carroll University, OH, Honors Program
Johns Hopkins University, MD
Kent State University, OH
Kenyon College, OH
Kings College, PA
La Roche College, PA
La Salle University Honors , PA
Lafayette College, PA
Lehigh University, PA
Lincoln University, PA
Loyola University of Chicago, IL
Loyola University of Maryland, MD
Macalester College, MN
Manhattan College, NY
Marist College, NY
Marquette University, WI
Maryland Institute College of Art, MD
Marymount Manhattan College, NY
Mercyhurst University, PA
Miami University Oxford, OH
Michigan State University, MI
Middlebury College, VT
Morgan State University, MA
Muhlenberg College, PA
New York Institute of Technology, NY
New York University, NY
Niagara University, NY
North Carolina A&T State University, NC
North Carolina State University, NC
Northeastern University, MA
North Park University, IL
The Ohio State University, OH
Ohio University, OH
Pace University, NY
The Pennsylvania State University, PA
Pennsylvania State University, PA, Schreyer Honors College
Pepperdine University, CA
Point Park University, PA
Providence College, RI
Purdue University, IN
Robert Morris University, PA
Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Saint Francis University, PA
Saint Joseph's University, PA
Saint Louis University, MO
Saint Vincent College, PA
School of Visual Arts, NY
Seton Hall University, NJ
Seton Hill University, PA
Simmons College, MA
Slippery Rock University of PA, PA
Southern Methodist University, TX
Spelman College, GA
St. John's College, MD
St. John's University, Queens Campus, NY
Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ
Syracuse University, NY
Temple University, PA
Tulane University, LA
Tulane University, LA, Honors Program
University of Akron, OH
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
University of California, Irvine, CA
University of Central Florida, FL
University of Cincinnati, OH
University of Dayton, OH
University of Dayton, OH, Honors Program
University of Delaware, DE
University of Kentucky, KY
University of Louisville, KY
University of Maine, MA
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
University of Miami, FL
University of Michigan, MI
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
University of Mount Union, OH
University of New England, ME
University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC
University of Notre Dame, IN
University of Oregon, OR
University of Pittsburgh, PA
University of Rhode Island, RI
University of Richmond, VA
University of Rochester, NY
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA
University of South Carolina, SC
University of Tampa, FL
Ursinus College, PA
University of Utah, UT
University of Washington, WA
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Villanova University, PA
Virginia Tech University, VA
Washington & Jefferson College, PA
Washington College, MD
Waynesburg University, PA
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, PA
West Virginia University, WV
Wheaton College, IL
Wheeling Jesuit University, WV
The College of Wooster, OH
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA
Xavier University, OH
Youngstown State University, OH
Carolyn Guzikowski, 1st
Cora Marchand, 1st
Sarah Pritchard, 1st
Chole Stiles, 1st
Emma Osterhaus, Senior
Adison Staskiewicz, Junior
Marie Gerges, Sophomore
Huiran (Rosey) Li
Mary Kathryn Daigle
Mary Kathryn Daigle
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