College Counseling

Jo students at a college fair

The College Counseling Office at Josephinum Academy is part of our Student Services & Counseling Department and provides personalized college and career-planning guidance. The office includes counselors, social workers and a post-graduate counselor who assists Josephinum graduates as they transition into college. The department assists students and their families in researching post-secondary options, preparing college applications, and obtaining financial aid and scholarships to make college affordable. We aim to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to make informed choices and to pursue their dreams with confidence.

We maintain clear communication and a personal connection as we guide students and their families through each phase of the college application and acceptance process. Our comprehensive college and career-counseling program emphasizes individual meetings with students and their families.

Additional resources available to help students and families prepare for this important milestone include:

  • College visits
  • College Fair
  • ACT preparation 
  • College essay coaching 
  • Assistance with applications
  • Comprehensive College Prep course taken Junior year

Other Resources

  • SCOIR - Available to students and parents, this platform if focused on helping families find the right fit through a unified college search and planning network; students can take the YouScience assessment, search for colleges, assess match/fit, do virtual college tours and much more.
  • NACAC - Information regarding the National Association for College Counseling.
  • ISAC - Resources regarding college, career, and financial aid information from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
  • NSSE - Provides information on hundreds of four-year colleges generated from an annual survey conducted by the National Survey of Student Engagement.
  • NCAA - The National Collegiate Athletic Association provides a guide for the college-bound athlete, plus information about eligibility, recruiting, the letter of intent and Division I, II and III schools.
  • IACAC - Resources regarding college, career, and financial aid information from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
  • ACT - Information about ACT registration, test dates, and special accommodations.
  • College Board - Information about SAT registration, test dates, and special accommodations
  • Fairtest - The National Center for Fair and Open Testing Website provides a list of colleges and universities that are test optional.
  • Niche - Online resource for college reviews, rankings and data such as acceptance rates, tuition,  size and more.