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College Counseling

St. Joe's has a full-time, dedicated College Counselor, Mrs. Amy Runfola. She works closely with students to develop college plans and facilitate the college application process.
Mrs. Runfola says, "Helping a student discover his interests and goals as a 9th grader is important, and makes it possible for us to work together and outline strategies to build an impressive resume for college. Throughout the next four years, your son and I will work together to explore colleges, universities, and career paths that best align with the things that are important to him. I will also be a resource to you and your family to walk you through the college application process, explore tuition and scholarship opportunities, and answer any questions along the way. A comprehensive college counseling program helps us build on the strong academic and extracurricular foundation laid by St. Joe’s to ensure our students are well prepared to face life in college and beyond.
Below is an overview of the SJCI college planning process:
1. Meeting with Mrs. Runfola in early fall to discuss college plans.
2. College fairs and college admissions representatives make visits during the fall
3. Narrowing of college choices and begin applications
4. Mrs. Runfola assists students with college deadlines and requirements
5. College essay and college resume assistance
7. ACT or SAT exam information
8. Applications are due by Thanksgiving break, but students should verify each individual school's deadline.
10. Final college choice and notify school(s) no later than May 1st
1. Assistance with researching numerous colleges on the web.
2. Begin building a list of possible colleges with Mrs. Runfola based on the academic program, location, size, cost, activities, athletics, etc.
3. College fairs both at St. Joe's and in the community
4. Discussions about career/college major choices
5. Exploration of scholarship and financial aid opportunities
6. Continuation of college resume

1. The PSAT is given in October
2. Discussions begin about possible career goals/interests 
3. Continued encouragement of involvement in extracurricular and community activities
4. Continuation of college resume
1. Review of general college admission requirements.
2. Exploration of colleges, college majors, and financial planning
3. College resume development