Counseling Office News – October 20, 2017


College Visits for the Week of October 23rd:

Monday, 10/23: No Visits Scheduled.

Tuesday, 10/24: Bryant University (7:45 AM), Westmont College (7:45 AM), University of Dayton (9:15 AM), Long Island University (9:15 AM), University of Denver (10:20 AM), High Point University (12:40 PM), Northeastern University (12:40 PM), Arizona State University (2:10 PM), Babson College (2:10 PM), UCLA (2:10 PM).

Wednesday, 10/25: Boston University (7:45 AM), Illinois Wesleyan University (7:45 AM), Texas Christian University (9:15 AM), Virginia Commonwealth University (10:20 AM), University of Oregon (12:40 PM), St. Olaf College (12:40 PM), San Diego Christian College (2:10 PM), Ursinus College (2:10 PM).

Thursday, 10/26: UCSB (7:45 AM), St. Mary’s College of Maryland (7:45 AM), Bentley University (9:15 AM), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (9:15 AM), Albion College (10:20 AM), Brown University (12:40 PM), Regent’s University London (12:40 PM), Occidental College (2:10 PM), Pepperdine University (2:10 PM).

Friday, 10/27: Marymount Manhattan College (7:45 AM), University of South Carolina (7:45 AM), University of Missouri Columbia (9:15 AM), Washington College (10:20 AM), Marymount California University (12:40 PM), Butler University (2:10 PM).

Catalyst Prep is offering a special online test prep course for students looking to learn SAT and ACT strategies. Lead by Catalyst Prep’s Founder and CEO, Jared Friedlander, the course consists of eight 2-hour online content and strategy sessions. All sessions will be held completely live, so students can pose questions, volunteer answers and request further explanations. In addition, each live session will be recorded so that students who miss any lessons can still benefit by viewing the session at their convenience.

Session dates: October 23rd, 25th, & 30th and November 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th

Time: 4pm – 6pm (PST)

Curriculum: Comprehensive SAT & ACT  curriculum and full-length diagnostic tests.

Tuition: $399 per student

For more information call 800-235-0056 or email

Students interested in pursuing a college degree in music, theater, art, dance, or other related disciplines are welcome to attend the NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair. This free event is being held on Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the USD Hahn University Center. There will also be a pre-fair workshop, beginning at 12:00 PM, that will discuss how to navigate the Performing and Fine Arts Admissions process. For additional details, please visit

The Student Success Skills Program is a comprehensive, school-wide effort to teach student skills and learning strategies. Cathedral Catholic High School’s Student Success Skills initiative centers around fostering social, emotional, and academic success. Our student-centered, holistic strategy focuses on the student as a whole and aims to support areas of strength while identifying and addressing areas of growth. As a result, we are better able to support all students with one goal in mind — student success!


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka FAFSA, form opened on October 1st. This is your first step toward getting federal aid for college. From the FAFSA website, “completing and submitting the FAFSA® form is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.” The FAFSA must also be completed in order to be considered for the Cal Grant. More information about the FAFSA and the online application can be found here.

The Cal Grant is a financial aid program administered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). It is the leading source of California state funded student financial aid. GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any UC, CSU or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California. To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Because the CSAC moved up its deadline from March 2nd to October 1st for high schools to submit students’ verified GPA’s, students will now be notified as early as November if they’ve qualified for a Cal Grant award. Students should create an account at the Webgrants 4 Students website to manage their Cal Grant account and to find useful tools and resources.