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We go beyond standard college counseling to set students on their path

College coaching at St. John’s Northwestern guides students through one of life’s most important transitions, moving from high school to higher education. We help students explore potential paths and make the choices now that support their dreams for the future. Whatever direction they take, 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 1:1 college counseling to every student, helping them identify and apply to schools that will value their passions, talents and personal qualities. While our entire curriculum emphasizes preparation for college, we help students and families formally start the college search process in 11th grade.

Take a proven approach to develop your plans

During junior year, our high school students take a half-credit course to explore and develop post-graduation plans, write application essays, and receive further standardized test preparation. Students continue to work closely with their counselor to complete applications and manage decision-making. Our goal is to ensure students advance to the educational institution most appropriate for their preparation, talents and potential.

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:

  • Babson College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington
  • Marquette University
  • Michigan State University
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Northwestern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • PennState
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Syracuse University
  • Tulane University
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Universidad de MonterreyUniversity of California – Berkeley
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison