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College Advising

Right Fit, Bright Future

The primary goals of the College Advising Department are to inform, empower, and support students as they discover colleges, universities, and gap year programs that provide an excellent fit on myriad levels including academics, finances, and campus culture.

We view each student as an individual, possessing their own talents, interests, and aspirations, and it is our mission to provide insight and opportunities to explore colleges that will value and maximize those unique characteristics.

Upon entry to SJA, each student will be assigned an individual advisor and begin receiving guidance regarding post-secondary academic options. Large, small, and individual meetings will be held with students, as well as regular check-ins with families both in-person and electronically. With each academic year, customization of the college search will increase with access to personality and career assessments, consultations, university rep visits, college tours, and in-depth guidance for the application process. Students have access to a variety of technological resources, including Canvas, SCOIR, and Naviance, where data and interests can be researched, shared, and discussed, allowing for even more personalized attention and assistance.

SJA college advisors are attuned to the needs of our students and families and will advocate for each Angel, as well as facilitate the processes of research, essay writing and organization, financial aid, resume and interview preparation, and every step in between. The Academy is incredibly proud of our students’ annual 99-100% college matriculation rate, as well as the phenomenal scholarship accomplishments of our students and their willingness to strategically explore their options. We are confident in their ability to fulfill their promise to live out the mission of SJA and positively impact our collective world.

scholarship information - Class of 2021

  • 114 graduates
  • 100% accepted to 160 colleges/universities
  • 99% of graduates received scholarships
  • Graduates received 738 scholarships with a total scholarship amount of $1,753,662.00 to their institutions of matriculation

2018-2021 College Acceptance List

College advising and resource center

Opened in the fall of 2018, the College Advising and Resource Center provides ample space for student workstations, housing outlets and charging ports in various locations, as large windows boast a gorgeous view of the CSJ Walk of Peace and Prayer Garden and expansive lawn. The two 65-inch screens with built-in computers allow for admissions counselors to showcase their college campuses while presenting information sessions to students and families. Each space fulfills multiple purposes, including group meetings and conferences, in addition to casual Q&A between students and advisors. WiFi access is available throughout, as well as a small kitchenette, allowing for extended hospitality to university reps and St. Joe guests. 

College Advising Events

The College Advising Department hosts a variety of events throughout the year. College representative visits are held throughout the fall semester. College Coffees take place throughout the year and are geared toward freshmen and sophomore families. These meetings offer the opportunity to hear from college admissions professionals and the college advisors on an array of topics including accelerated degree programs, athletic recruiting, financing college, gap years, making summer meaningful, pre-professional programs, standardized testing and the test-optional movement, STEM majors, and understanding college credit options.

Questions?

Please contact Christine Holladay, Director of College Advising, at (314) 394-4229 or at cholladay@sja1840.org