College Counseling

The College Guidance Program provides a four-year program of career and educational information and guidance.

Freshmen Year

Our college counseling department works with freshmen to transition them into our record-keeping system, Naviance / Family Connection. We provide hands-on instruction helping freshmen set up and troubleshoot their accounts, create the framework of their activity resumes, and undertake self-knowledge programs such as the Meyers-Briggs inventory. In addition, our college counselors plan and conduct standardized testing for freshmen students, specifically the EXPLORE exam distributed by ACT Inc.

Sophomore Year

College counselors work with sophomore students to begin the process of preparing for the ACT exam they will take as juniors. In addition, we continue the process of resume-building in preparation for the college applications they will fill out as seniors. As we do with the freshmen, we plan and coordinate the sophomore level of standardized testing, the PLAN exam.

Junior Year

Junior college counseling is focused on preparation for college applications. Juniors will take a diagnostic ACT during November of their junior year and will have an opportunity to take an ACT prep course in the February-April timeframe. During the second semester of junior year, juniors and their families will meet one-on-one with their assigned college counselor. This meeting is to discuss the college application process, from best practices for senior class selection to the college selection process to the technical details of submitting components of the application through Naviance. We help families prioritize their college visits and understand relevant timelines for standardized testing, financial assistance applications, and application submission. Juniors take their first official ACT test during the second semester of junior year.

Senior Year

Prior to the beginning of senior year, the college counseling staff conducts a “Common Application Boot Camp” to assist our seniors in beginning to fill out their applications. During this two-day, optional workshop, seniors have a chance to work on their applications in the presence of the college counselors for ease of access to information. We have found that this greatly increases the speed with which they get underway in the application process.

Throughout senior year, students work with their college counselors to ensure their documentation has reached the colleges they intend it to, to select decision-date options for the colleges to which they intend to apply, and to prioritize the admissions offers that they receive. In addition, we help students locate and procure scholarships and understand the offers made to them by their chosen schools

Family Connection

Family Connection from Naviance is a web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive website used to help make decisions about courses, colleges and careers. Family Connection is linked with Counselor's Office, a service De Smet Jesuit uses to track and analyze data about college and career plans. Family Connection allows you and your child to get involved in the planning and advising process; research colleges; compare GPA, standardized test scores and other statistics to historical data from our school for students who have applied and have been admitted in the past. Family Connection also lets us share information about local scholarship opportunities and other web resources for college and career information. To visit De Smet Jesuit's Family Connection site, click here.

College Representatives

Each year about 100 college reps visit De Smet Jesuit. The days they will be here are noted on the senior bulletin board and in the announcements. A senior who wishes to talk to a school rep must sign up on the sheet outside the Counseling Center at least one day before the rep's visit. He will be sent a form during homeroom period on the day of the meeting confirming his appointment with the rep.

Alumni Mentor Program

The Reverend Richard L. Bailey, S.J. Alumni Mentor Program is a collaborative effort between the De Smet Jesuit Alumni Association and the counseling department, and focuses on providing interested students with access to De Smet Jesuit alumni who have careers in areas of high interest. The goal of the mentor program is to provide current students with a unique opportunity to be mentored by De Smet Jesuit alumni with experiences in a variety of career paths. The students meet with alumni approximately six times per semester. Each meeting matches alumni from a particular profession with those students interested in that field. The mentors will discuss the work that they do and how they arrived at their chosen field, and will provide time for students to ask questions.

Counseling Assignments

(by last name initial)


Dave Boland: A-K
Will Gunn: L-Z


Dave Boland: A-L
Will Gunn: M-Z


Dave Boland: A-J
Will Gunn: K-Z


Dave Boland: A-J
Will Gunn: K-Z

Upcoming College Visits

Wednesday, November 15

Period 8, 12:45 p.m. - Illinois Wesleyan, Bloomington

Thursday, November 16

Period 3, 8:45 a.m. - Webster University, St. Louis