An in-depth college counseling process at Benedictine College Preparatory guides students to select colleges based upon their academic goals, ambitions and aspirations.Through their four years at Benedictine, students are academically prepared to attend selective colleges and universities, choosing an academic setting that is a good fit for each student. The size, academic rigor and character of the college or university is considered along with the course offerings, academic majors, school setting and outside opportunities.
Beginning in the freshmen year, students are encouraged to record their extra-curricular activities and begin compiling information for their comprehensive resume. A variety of free resources may be used to gather information about colleges and determine future admissions prospects.
The College Board, Cappex and other electronic resources college search programs are introduced.Classroom visits by the counselor will include information about study techniques, course curriculum choices, types of colleges, college majors, various options for higher education and career opportunities.
Individual meetings help juniors identify their future goals and develop a list of prospective college choices. Meetings, with each senior and his parents during the fall of senior year help students develop a personal plan for the future.
There are a variety of opportunities for students and their families to learn more about the college application process. For example, students may speak directly with college admission officers when they visit Benedictine or when students and their parents attend one of the evening college counseling events.
College Information & Exploration
This program is held in the fall and a session entitled Myths and Realities of College Admissions is held in the spring each year.
In addition, the college counselor visits all junior and senior classrooms throughout the year to disseminate information and provide guidance related to college visits, letters of recommendation, resume writing, and college admissions essay writing.
A course in college admission essay writing is held at Benedictine during the summer. Moreover, the guidance department hosts a financial aid workshop in December and will meet individually with parents and students when requested. Finally, Benedictine participates in the Richmond private school college fair each spring. Hosted by The Richmond Area Independent Schools alliance, more than 150 different colleges visit Richmond to provide private school students and their parents an opportunity to learn about the various colleges and their programs.