We Go Beyond Standard College Counseling

College counseling at St. John’s Northwestern guides students through one of life’s most important transitions, as students navigate their way towards their academic and professional path after high school. We help students explore potential paths and make the choices now that support their dreams for the future. No matter if they choose to further their career as a student or enter the workforce, our graduates are prepared to learn, lead and excel.

Student talking to counselor

Work With a Counselor Who Knows You and Your Dreams

Our professionals provide one-on-one college counseling to every student, helping them establish an individual understanding of which scholastic and working environments are right for them. At SJNA, we believe it is never too early to start helping our students plan for a successful future and mapping the course to help ensure continued growth, lifelong learning, and personal excellence. Starting in Middle School, we help our students select courses to match interests, all while thinking about college prospects and career possibilities. While our entire curriculum emphasizes preparation for college and life after high school, we help students and families formally start the college search process in the 11th grade. View our full College and Career Readiness Plan HERE.

College Admissions Officers visit students in College and Career Planning.

A Proven Approach to Developing Your Plans

During junior year, our high school students take a one-semester College and Career Planning course to explore and develop post-graduation plans, write application essays, and receive further standardized test preparation. Students continue to work closely with the College Counselor to complete applications and manage decision-making. Our goal is to ensure students advance to the educational institution and career field most appropriate for their preparation, talents, interests, and potential. View our full College and Career Planning Syllabus HERE.

Students in College and Career planning meet with a different college and university admissions counselor once every two weeks and attend admission presentations and virtual college tours. They will also meet with recruiters from the armed forces and local employers to learn about different career and benefit options that may be available to them. The picture to the left shows Hillsdale College (Michigan) admissions officer visiting SJNA.

“Throughout the semester, in College and Career Planning, we went over many subjects regarding both college and the application process, and researching schools as well as the career side and discovering what we would be interested in majoring in. Not only did this class help me figure out that I was very interested in the marketing/ business side of the world,  it also helped me understand how many different options there are!”Daltin P., Class of 2023 and Head Prefect

Connect With Prestigious Colleges and Universities

An average of 30 college representatives visit St. John’s Northwestern each year. We enjoy a 100% college acceptance rate: all graduating seniors who choose to pursue post-secondary education are accepted to a college or university. Our students have gone on to some of the most selective institutions in the world, including (updated 2022):

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  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Baylor University
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Beloit College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • The Citadel
  • Clemson University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Embry Riddle University
  • Emory University
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hult International Business School
  • Indiana University
  • Lehigh University
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • Rice University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Tulane University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Vanderbilt University

College and Career Visits for 2023-2024 School Year

Scheduled Visits

Krones Inc. Employment Visit – September 12

Hult International Business School – September 20

The Citadel – September 29

Lewis University – October 2

Marquette ROTC – October 12

Hillsdale College – October 19

UW Whitewater – October 26

Xavier University – November 2

United States Naval Academy – November 6

Grand Canyon University – November 7

ASVAB Testing – November 14

Coast Guard Recruiting – December 7

More to come Second Semester!!!

Monthly College Tours

Service Academy Days (Oshkosh, WI) – September 16

Milwaukee School of Engineering – October 30

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh – TBD

University of Wisconsin – Platteville – TBD

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – March 14

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – TBD

University of Wisconsin – Madison – TBD

Students are invited to sign up for each event on a first-come, first-serve basis. To requests or suggestion a specific school visit, employer visit, and campus tour, please reach out to Ms. Lewis, the College and Career Counselor, via email at