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College Counseling Update - May 2019

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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 Friday, May 17, 2019. If there is an issue that needs immediate attention during the summer please call the College Counseling Assistant, at (215) 402-4849. Please keep in mind that there will be times during the summer when the College Counseling Assistant will not be in the office and the College Counseling Center will be closed. Unofficial transcripts will be available for rising seniors to download through the student portal beginning in mid-June.


A final transcript will be sent in mid-June by the College Counseling Office to the one college where are enrolling so it is important that seniors notify Mrs. Diehl of their final choice. We have many examples of colleges that have reconsidered or rescinded admissions decision due to a downturn in senior year grades.

Be prepared to enroll at one college by that college’s registration deadline.  May 1st is the date viewed by the collegiate community as the universal reply date for regular admission. You will be required to send an admission and/or housing deposit to confirm your enrollment intentions. Under no circumstances should you enroll and deposit at more than one college!


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The College Counselors have been meeting with juniors once a cycle in the student advisory classes and personally in one on one meetings about the college search process since January. 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
§  Difference Between the SAT/ACT
§  Test Optional Colleges
§  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
§  Net Price Calculator
§  Application Process at La Salle
§  Career Information

Students have created 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 Survey Part 1 and Part 2 must be submitted in Naviance and turned in by Friday, May 17, 2019. Failure to complete assignments will result in summer remediation that includes a remediation fee.

The Application Process at La Salle can be found on our website which contains a wealth of information about the college search and application process. Please note that the earliest date that your son should submit an application to college is Friday, September 13, 2019. If a college uses The Common Application (accepted by over 800 colleges and universities) then students must apply using The Common Application. We strongly encourage students to meet with their college counselor when school starts in the fall prior to submitting their applications.

The Senior Advisory Class will start Thursday, August 29, 2019 and the College Counselors will take the students, step-by-step, through the college application process in general and specifically the application process here at La Salle College High School. We will be filling out The Common Application during Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 in the month of September.

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 6, Learning from Campus Visits, in College Match, the book required for advisory class. Colleges increasingly look at and track the demonstrated interest of students, and taking an official campus visit is the clearest way to display this interest. We also encourage students and parents to read Chapter 8, The Admission Process Revealed, in College Match.

Increasing numbers of students are applying Early Decision or Early Action in the fall (typically 80% of the senior class) and that has an impact on the timing of college visits and SAT/ACT examinations. These official early application deadlines can range from October 15th to November 15th. You can see the deadlines for each college on their admission website or for a handy excel spreadsheet of deadlines please visit the Common App Requirements Grid. Check and for testing dates (this summer there is a July ACT and an August SAT). Also, be aware of colleges’ requirements for SAT Subject Tests

Thank you to the parents of juniors who took the time to complete the Parent Perspective forms sent to you in January. If you have not yet done so already, please complete the Parent Perspective and College Criteria forms as soon as possible. This information will help us counsel your sons by keeping your input in mind. 

One year from now your sons will have deposited 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 applications to colleges on a timely basis.

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