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College Counseling - May Update

College Counseling Department

Gerard R. Brett
Director of College Counseling

Elizabeth Harlow, a Duke Admissions Officer, wrote the recent insightful article:
Inside Holistic Admissions: How Does My Decision Happen?

The College Counselors have been meeting with juniors once a cycle in the student advisory classes and personally about the college search process. Topics covered have been:

  • Explanation of the college search and application process

  • The Common Application

  • Anatomy of an admission decision

  • Transcript of all grades

  • Information available at

  • Use of Naviance

  • Selection of courses for senior year

  • Reflection on experience at La Salle

  • Self-survey for the college bound

  • Creating a personal profile

  • Activities resumes

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Writing an application essay

  • Defining their ideal college

  • Creating a college list

  • College compare and contrast

  • Learning from campus visits

  • Types of applications

  • College costs and financial aid

  • Application process at La Salle

  • Career information

    Currently students are creating biographical, academic and activities profiles and are writing on topics of essays commonly required for college applications. The thoughtful completion of these assignments will help the student be prepared for the college application process. In order to earn a passing grade in Group Advisory, the Junior Questionnaire Part 1, Part 2, and an Activities Resume, must be completed in Naviance and turned in by the final class, May 16th. Failure to complete assignments will result in summer remediation that includes a remediation fee.

    The Senior Advisory Class will start in the fall and take the students, step-by-step, through the college application process in general and specifically how it works here at La Salle College High School.

    Any student who has not yet visited a college campus is encouraged to do so over the summer. Written information about colleges is important, but nothing takes the place of a visit. Check out Chapter 5 “Learning from Campus Visits” in College Match, the book required for advisory class.  

    Increasing numbers of students are applying early in the fall and that has an impact on the timing of college visits and SAT/ACT examinations. These early deadlines can range from October 15th to November 15th. Check and for testing dates. Also be aware of colleges’ requirements for SAT Subject Tests. Please note that the earliest date that your son should apply to college is September 1st. The Application Process at La Salle can be found on our website.

    Thank you to the parents of juniors who took the time to complete the forms sent to you in January. If you have not yet returned the forms, please send them to the College Counseling Center. This information will help us counsel your sons by keeping your input in mind.

    Check out the College Counseling pages on our website: The site contains a wealth of information.

    One year from now your sons will have registered at a college or university. Their success depends on how well they have developed their talents during these past years and how much they invest themselves in the college search and application process. We encourage them to make good use of their time this summer and return in the fall prepared to make application to colleges on a timely basis.

    The College Counselors follow the faculty schedule and are not in the office during the summer. We encourage your sons to see their college counselor with any questions or concerns before the end of the school year. If there is an issue that needs immediate attention during the summer please call Mrs. Kathleen O’Connell, our Administrative Assistant, at (215) 402-4849 or Please keep in mind that there will be times when Mrs. O’Connell also will be on vacation.