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College Counseling

The College Counselors at De La Salle High School are committed to providing comprehensive information, guidance and support for students and their families in the college exploration, selection and admission process.

Our philosophy is that the primary role of the College Counselors is to support students in finding colleges that are a good “fit” for each individual student; a place where he will thrive both academically and socially, and will be challenged to grow in new ways that will prepare him for success after college. College counselors stress the value of the college experience over name recognition and rankings. Students are therefore best served by keeping an open mind in the exploration process, by continually reflecting on what their own needs and preferences are, and by engaging actively in the process themselves. This includes investing their own time and energy in preparing academically, investigating options, visiting colleges and completing the steps in the application process.

We offer the following services in order to meet our students’ needs in the college admissions process:

  • Full access to Naviance, an internet tool for college admissions, beginning in the sophomore year
  • A personality assessment for sophomores and introduction to the College Counselors and to Naviance
  • Small group meetings with all juniors during spring semester
  • Separate presentations on the college search, selection and admissions process for parents of juniors and parents of seniors
  • A college preview night for juniors and their parents, with presentations by speakers from different types of colleges
  • Small group meetings with all seniors during fall semester
  • Financial aid night for parents of seniors
  • Individual meetings with each junior and each senior following small group meetings
  • Individual meetings with students and with families as requested
  • College essay writing workshop for interested seniors and essay review as requested
  • College Application workshop for interested seniors and individual support on applications as requested
  • Hosting college representatives from over 75 colleges who visit De La Salle every year
  • Letters of recommendation for students’ applications as requested
  • Information and guidance on full range of post-high school options, including 4 year colleges, community colleges, technical and vocational programs, gap year programs and other possibilities
  • Availability to students’ parents and guardians by phone, email and individual meetings
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