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
Last Friday morning was Providence Academy’s annual College Book Awards and Sponsored Recognitions Ceremony, hosted by Providence Academy College Counseling. We announced 21 different college-sponsored awards honoring 24 members of the Class of 2021. The recognition...
We invite rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors (Classes of 2021-2023) to schedule virtual college counseling meetings with Mr. Estrada and Mrs. Hogan via their Google Appointment Pages. Mr. Estrada’s Appointment Page and Mrs. Hogan’s Appointment Page No matter...
Providence Academy has again partnered with Breakaway Test Prep, a leading test preparation company based in St. Louis Park, to offer an onsite group ACT course this summer exclusively for PA students. The fee for the class includes 15 hours of classroom instruction,...
College Counseling Staff
Mrs. Sarah Hogan
Director of College Counseling
Mr. Brian Estrada
Associate Dean of College Counseling