College Counseling

Students come to Rockhurst High School expecting to enter college fully prepared and equipped for excellence. Choosing the right college or university and understanding the institution's academic, admissions and financial requirements is something a student should not have to undertake by himself.

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Rockhurst students and their families can take advantage of comprehensive, ongoing college counseling that includes individual and group counseling, testing, and test preparation advisement, along with services such as document submission for college admission, scholarships, and financial aid.

Every Step of the Way

The College Counseling Office assists students and families throughout the college exploration and application process. Our focus is connecting students with programs and opportunities that fit their academic, personal, spiritual and social needs.

  • Direct work with students begins first-semester junior year and continues throughout the senior year, and involves a variety of classroom meetings, college visitors, evening programs and individual guidance. 
  • The college counselors also offer specialized advising for students interested in specific aspects of the college application process, such as athletic recruitment, and scholarships and financial aid.
  • Students and parents have access to Naviance, a web-based college counseling program that supports families and the college counselors throughout the search process. This program also offers career and majors exploration tools, college and university information, to name a few.
  • The College Counseling Office offers advocacy for student college applications throughout the application process.
  • Networking: The College Counseling Office networks with college admission officers by visiting colleges all over the United States and internationally in order to learn more about these institutions, and ensure that Rockhurst High School offerings are well understood and received as our students apply for admission.
  • Over 100 university admission representatives from all over the world visit Rockhurst High School at the invitation of the college counselors to meet with students interested in their institutions.

Year by Year

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  • Freshman Year

    While much of the Rockhurst High School college counseling focus during freshman year is on helping a student answer the "Who am I?" question, freshmen can also benefit from getting the feel of college campuses and from researching general entrance requirements and a few of the "nuts and bolts" of the process. Getting college facts helps freshmen in their academic planning as well as in the first steps of analyzing potential "matches" in the college process. College events are open to parents in grades 9-12.

    The best way for you to prepare for college is to continuously work to the best of your ability and build a strong academic record in high school.

    Explore and develop your interests both in and out of the classroom. Take the initiative and begin to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Pay attention to your schoolwork, ask for help when you need it, and be willing to try new things.
     
    Take the PreACT in October (see Testing Coordinator or School Counselor for details).

    Students are encouraged to attend Lunch & Learn sessions offered throughout the year. Lunch & Learn programs focus on a variety of topics relevant to the college search and selection process.

    The best test prep is doing well in your classes. 

    Attend the Catholic College Fair and Kansas City Private High Schools’ College Fair at RHS in the fall.

    Keep track of your activities, service experiences, and any awards you receive.

    Use the summer to explore interests that you may not have time for during the school year.

    Parents: In the fall and spring, we invite you to attend the College Coffee Talks for college admissions advice and perspective from the Rockhurst High School college counselors and presenters from various universities across the nation.

     
  • Sophomore Year

    CCO counselors meet in small group sessions with sophomores to jump-start their college search process. Students are also introduced to Naviance, the school’s college search database, and assigned a “Strengths Profiler” questionnaire. College events are open to parents in grades 9-12.
     
    Network with over 100 college representatives that visit RHS each fall for small group visits.

    Students are encouraged to attend Lunch & Learn sessions offered throughout the year. Lunch & Learn programs focus on a wide variety of topics relevant to the college search and selection process.

    Prepare for the PreACT (Fall) and PSAT (Spring) - Discuss results with parents and the school counselors.
     
    Continue involvement in extracurricular activities with a desire to take on leadership positions.
     
    Visit a college or two over Spring Break.

    Consult with the College Counseling Office to see if you should register for SAT Subject Tests.

    Prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) test(s) if enrolled in any AP classes.

    Parents: In the fall and spring, we invite you to attend our College Coffee Talks for advice and perspective from the Rockhurst High School college counselors and presenters from various universities across the nation.


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  • Junior Year

    The college admission process, rather than being the main focus of a student’s time at Rockhurst, is instead a natural outcome of the rigorous secondary education that Rockhurst High School provides. Our goal as college counselors is to work individually with each student, as well as his family, to make him aware of the full range of college options and ultimately to help him find one that continues to challenge him academically, and aligns with his interests, values, and career goals. 

    In early fall, students and parents should attend the High School Junior Family College Planning Workshop at RHS.
     
    All juniors are encouraged to network with over 100 college representatives that visit RHS each fall as well as to connect with college admissions representatives that attend regional college fairs (Catholic College Fair, KC Private High Schools Fair, National College Fair, Shawnee Mission College Clinic, National Visual & Performing Arts College Fair).

    Students are encouraged to attend the College Counseling sponsored Lunch & Learn sessions offered throughout the year. Lunch & Learn programs focus on a wide variety of topics relevant to the college search and selection process.
     
    Participate in test preparation exercises and take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship program.

    Students may begin to prepare for standardized tests during the second semester of their junior year.
     
    College counselors will meet with juniors in small group sessions beginning December of their junior year. Students will learn about factors that may influence their college choices.
     
    Parents are invited to attend the High School Junior Parent College Counseling Information Night held early in the spring semester.
     
    Juniors are encouraged to visit a college or two over Spring Break.
     
    Prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) test(s) if enrolled in any AP classes.
     
    In April, juniors should consult with the College Counseling Office regarding SAT Subject Tests.
     
    Potential college athletes should register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center. 
    Parents: In the fall and spring, we invite you to attend our College Coffee Tregarding college admissions advice and perspective from the Rockhurst High School college counselors and presenters from various universities across the nation.


  • Senior Year

    The college counselor will work closely with seniors to provide guidance on the college application and decision-making process. College events are open to parents in grades 9-12.

    Seniors and their parents are invited to attend the fall Senior College Application Kick-Off Workshop.
     
    In the fall, seniors are required to meet with their college counselor. Parents are welcome to schedule an appointment with their son’s college counselor. Counselors and students will use this time to finalize college application lists, the scholarship process, application essays, and all other requirements.
     
    All seniors are encouraged to network with over 100 college representatives that visit RHS each fall as well as to connect with college admissions representatives that attend regional college fairs (Catholic College Fair, KC Private High Schools Fair, National College Fair, Shawnee Mission College Clinic, National Visual & Performing Arts College Fair).
     
    Students are encouraged to attend College Counseling sponsored Lunch & Learn sessions offered throughout the year. Lunch & Learn programs focus on a wide variety of topics relevant to the college search and selection process. 
     
    Parents: In the fall and spring, we invite you to attend one of the two College Coffee Talks for college admissions advice and perspective from the Rockhurst High School college counselors and presenters from various universities across the nation.
     

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