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
All students taking AP Exams May 6-17 must attend one of the Pre-Administration Sessions scheduled for May 3 and 6. All sessions will be in the Lecture Hall. See Mr. Estrada with any questions. May 3, 8:00 a.m. May 3, 11:15 a.m. May 3, 1:30 p.m. May 3, 3:20 p.m....read more
Families interested in visiting any of Minnesota’s private colleges should consider Minnesota Private Colleges Week, scheduled for June 24-28. During that week, seventeen of Minnesota’s private colleges are hosting coordinated open house programs and most are offering...read more
Attention all juniors: this summer’s College Application Workshop (a.k.a. “Bootcamp”) will run from July 30 – August 2. Bootcamp participants should plan to be busy from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on those days. Students unable to attend all days of Bootcamp must speak...read more
College Counseling Staff
Mrs. Sarah Hogan
Director of College Counseling
Mr. Brian Estrada
Associate Dean of College Counseling