College & Career Planning

College and career planning is one of the most important things for a student to focus on during high school. While it can create a bit of anxiety, our goal is to help students through this process by holding individual meetings with them throughout their high school career. Individual student meetings are tailored by grade as listed below.

Lancaster Catholic subscribes to Naviance, an all-in-one college and career prep service that can be accessed by students via the internet. Each student has a personal account that gives them access to numerous personal, academic, career, and college-related assessments and tools. A curriculum will be delivered to students in grades 9-12 that allows them to experience every facet of the Naviance website, but they are welcome to explore on their own as well.

In order to access Naviance, please navigate to the LCHS Naviance page.

Student username is the last two digits of graduation year, followed by their first initial, and last name. Their password is their school ID number. Example:

Sample username: 18cwentz
Sample password: 123456789

College & Career Planning at LCHS

Log on to Naviance to take the first assessment guided by your School Counselor: "Learning Styles Inventory". Naviance will be your most valuable tool to understand career interests, college preparation and communication with everyone involved with your future plans.

  • Create a four-year high school plan.
  • Start thinking about your life after school, including the types of jobs that might interest you.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities. Try to find at least one and don't be afraid to try new things!
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss goals. Your counselor will schedule this meeting after the 1st quarter.
  • Explore summer opportunities (camps, volunteering, job shadows).

Meet with your School Counselor to discuss academics and career interests. Your counselor will schedule this meeting after the 4th quarter begins.

  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss your career interests. Your counselor will schedule this meeting after the 2nd quarter.
  • Naviance Family Connection is an online career exploration and planning tool which Lancaster Catholic subscribes to on behalf of our students. Students in 10th grade will explore career clusters using Family Connection.
  • Take the PSAT for the first time. This is offered in October.
  • If you are interested in attending a military academy, make sure you tell your counselor.
  • Attend college and career fairs in the area to get an idea of what you will be looking into in the future. It's never too early to get familiar with the process!
  • Participate in school activities, extracurriculars and make sure your Good Samaritan hours are up to date! All of these things help to make your high school experience valuable.
  • Informally visit some of the local colleges in the area (Millersville, Elizabethtown, Franklin and Marshall, Lebanon Valley, etc.) to see what they are like and become familiar with what to expect from a college/university.
In the Fall: Make a list of things you might want to study in college. 
  • Learn about colleges by doing research, visiting with college reps in the Counseling Office, and going to college fairs. LCHS offers a Catholic College Fair every fall. Your student's Naviance Family Connection account provides numerous college resources including a college search, match, and compare tool.
  • Sign up to take the PSAT again. This will help to prepare you for the actual test in the Spring.

In the Winter
  • Sign up to take college admissions tests in the spring. You should take either the SAT or the ACT. Some people take both and decide which test they like more.
  • If you're taking an AP class, make sure that you are beginning to prepare for the test by doing a little extra studying.
 
In the Spring: Begin visiting colleges that interest you. Many colleges will have visit days primarily geared toward juniors so this is a great time to get on campus, meet with professors, and get a feel for the campus with students still there.
  • Scholarship opportunities will be posted in Naviance under the college's tab. Although most scholarships will start coming in during the second half of the school year, check this tab often. While most of the financial aid opportunities will only be for seniors, it's a good idea to see what is being offered so you know what to look for during the senior year.

  • Meet with your School Counselor to discuss your college/career plans and outline a plan for the summer. Your Counselor will schedule a meeting with you early in quarter 3.

  • Create a resume on Naviance so your teachers can write a complete and accurate letter of recommendation for you.
In the Summer: If you are an athlete who plans on playing a sport in college, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Find a full-time or part-time job, or participate in a summer camp/volunteer experience. This helps to build your resume!
  • Visit the colleges that you are interested in and try to narrow your list down to a top five.
  • Create a resume or complete the LCHS letter of recommendation activities form.

Ask for letters of recommendation if you have not already done so. Please ask in person. Give letter writers at least 2 weeks to complete them.

 

In September
  • Create a master list that includes tests you'll be taking (registration deadlines and test dates) and college application due dates.
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss your senior year plan. Your counselor will schedule this meeting in the first few weeks of the year.
  • You and your parents are invited to attend the Financial Aid workshop during Back to School Night. A representative from our state organization PHEAA will guide you through this important process.

In October
  • Try to finalize your college choices and begin preparing applications.
  • Be sure to send your college admission test scores to the colleges you are applying to.

In November: For early decision or early action deadlines, your materials will be due between November 1 and November 15.
  • Complete at least one college application by Thanksgiving.
  • Formalize your plans to take AP exams in May--all students must register with College Board as well as Total Registration (where you pay for your exams) no later than 8:00 a.m. on November 15th. see Mrs. Grosh with questions.

  • Make sure to request your transcripts through Naviance for the schools you are applying to and contact Collegeboard.org or Actstudent.org to have official test scores sent as well. (please delete Parchment)

  • Attend the FAFSA Completion Night to take care of the forms you will need to submit for Financial Aid for college.

 
In December: Complete all college applications before Christmas Break.
 
In January: If the colleges you applied to require mid-year grades, let your counselor know so she can send them through Naviance.
 
In February
  • Avoid senioritis! With midterms behind you, there are scholarships to go after and AP exams to prepare for; keep going!

In April-May
  •  By mid-April, you should have received your admission letters and financial aid packages. If you can't decide where to go, take a couple of final visits to help you decide.

By June, you'll be a graduate!
  • Don't forget to request your final transcript by completing the senior survey prior to graduation!
Below are some of the many colleges and universities that our graduates have attended since 2014.
 
Alderson Broaddus Iowa State University Saint Leo University
Alfred University Ithaca College Saint Vincent College
Allegheny College James Madison University San Diego State University
Alvernia University Johns Hopkins University Santa Clara University
Arcadia University Johnson and Wales University Santa Monica College
Art Institute of York Juniata College Savannah College of Art and Design
Arizona State University Kent State University School of Visual Arts
Auburn University Kings College Seton Hill University
Bella Capelli Academy Kutztown University Shenandoah University
Belmont Abbey College La Salle University Shippensburg University
Bentley University Lawrence Univesity Siena College
Bloomsburg University Lebanon Valley College Slippery Rock University
Boston College Lehigh University Stony Brook University
Boston University Liberty University SUNY – Buffalo
Cabrini University Lincoln University SUNY – Cobleskill
California University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven University Susquehanna University
Case Western Reserve University Louisiana State University Tecnológico de Monterrey
Catholic University of America Loyola University Temple University
Charleston Southern University Mansfield University Texas Tech University
Chestnut Hill College Maryland Institute of College and Art Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Clarion University Marywood University University of Alabama
Cleveland Institute of Art Towson University University at Buffalo
Colby College United States Naval Academy University of California – Santa Barbara
College of Charleston Mercyhurst University University of Colorado
McDaniel College Miami University University of Dallas
Merrimack College Middle Tennessee State University University of Delaware
Colorado State University Millersville University University of Georgia
Concordia University Misericordia University University of Hartford
Cornell University Monterrey Institute of Technology University of Illinois at Chicago
Dawson College Monmouth University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Delaware Valley University Moravian College University of Kansas
Denison University Mount Aloysius College  University of Kentucky
DeSales University Mount Saint Mary’s University University of North Carolina – Wilmington
Drew University New York University University of Mount Union
Dickinson College North Carolina State University University of Pennsylvania
Drexel University Northampton Area Community College University of Pittsburgh
Duquesne University Norwich University University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
East Carolina University Oberlin College University of Rochester
East Stroudsburg University Ohio State University University of Scranton
Eckerd College Pace University University of South Carolina
Elizabethtown College Parsons School of Design University of Southern California
Elon University Penn State University – Abington University of Vermont
Fairfield University Penn State University – Altoona University of Waterloo
Ferrum College Penn State University – Berks University of the Pacific
Flagler College Penn State University – Harrisburg Ursinus College
Fordham University Penn State University – University Park Villanova University
Franciscan University of Steubenville Penn State University – York Virginia Commonwealth University
Franklin and Marshall College Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Warren Wilson College
Frederick Community College Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Washington and Lee University
George Washington University Pennsylvania College of Technology Waynesburg University
Gettysburg College Point Park University  West Chester University
Goldey-Beacom College Providence College Widener University
Grove City College Purdue University Wilkes University
Gwynedd Mercy University Randolph-Macon College Yale University
Harcum College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute York College of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Area Community College Roanoke College York Technical Institute
High Point University Robert Morris University  
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Rosemont College  
Hofstra University Rowan University  
Immaculata University Rutgers University-New Brunswick  
Indiana University – Bloomington Saint Francis College  
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Saint Joseph’s University