At Providence Academy, we have taken a cue from our very name in crafting a college counseling program for our students. If it is the goal of a Catholic education to help students learn to desire the perfection that God desires for them, then we must affirm that the college search and application process is a critical period of discernment that is fully part of God’s plan for achieving this perfection. As a college preparatory school, our specific aim is to instill in our students the ardent desire to develop their gifts through postsecondary education in order share these talents with the world.
The College Counseling program at Providence Academy has a twofold mission. The first is to educate students (and their families) about college preparation (including academic planning, college entrance testing, and extracurricular development), the college search, the application and selection process, and financial aid with expert advice and perspective that leads to the selection of a best-fit college choice. The second is to serve in an integral educational role that helps students grow in personal responsibility and initiative while building skills in self-reflection, self-advocacy, communication, and decision-making that are critical for emerging adulthood.
The college counseling program spans all four years of Upper School and includes annual information nights for each class, regular programming that addresses various college-related topics, college visit programming including 90+ individual college visits each fall and an annual College Day each April, individual meetings beginning in winter of Grade 11, and much more. Please explore the links to learn more about our programs and staff.
Check out the College Visit Users Guide to see when college representatives will be at Providence Academy.
College Counseling eBulletin
We are fortunate to have many colleges interested in visiting our school, so we invite parents to help us in encouraging our students to take advantage of these opportunities.read more
Any PA student, especially any juniors, interested in the service academy nomination and admission process are encouraged to attend.read more
Senior parents are invited to Senior Parent Night on Wednesday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.read more
College Counseling Staff
Mrs. Sarah Hogan
Director of College Counseling
Mr. Brian Estrada
Associate Dean of College Counseling