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
As part of Minnesota Private Colleges Week (June 24-28), the College Counseling department is offering a day trip on Wednesday, June 26 to visit University of St. Thomas as well as Saint John’s University and College of Saint Benedict. Click here to sign up. Families...read more
Providence Academy is partnering with Breakaway Test Prep to offer on site small group ACT instruction this summer. This group course begins on July 26 and includes five 3-hour sessions and two full-length practice exams with complete score reports. The course is...read more
PA submits final transcripts for graduating seniors to the college noted in Naviance Student under “College I am attending” (keep it updated!). This happens automatically. You do not need to forward reminders or final transcript request forms that your college may...read more
College Counseling Staff
Mrs. Sarah Hogan
Director of College Counseling
Mr. Brian Estrada
Associate Dean of College Counseling