College Placement

Preparation for college begins with enrollment at Marianapolis. From freshman to senior year, students are supported and guided to make the best decision for their college placement. The mission of the College Placement Office is to support students and their families through the college search process. The office works with students individually to learn about their interests beyond the classroom and help them find a college that is the perfect fit.

Read on to learn more about the college admission process at Marianapolis, and the various programs offered to aid students in this decision.

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn:

The Lunch & Learn Program is a career/college focus meeting where professionals come in and talk with Marianapolis students about his or her specific career.  The program also offers discussions on topics such as the college essay and Naviance. Lunch & Learn is offered in a discussion style format where guests offer information and students are able to ask questions. The Lunch & Learn Program is open to all students during the day's lunch periods, so everyone has a chance to attend.

Past Lunch & Learn speakers have included:

  • Matt McGarry '82 - ABC news (Emmy award winning) producer
  • Jose Silva '85 - Tax Partner at a firm in Mexico City and President of the Board at "Together with Children." 
  • Carla Faucher '84 - Physical Therapist
  • Boston Red Sox 
  • John McLoughlin - Lawyer, US Department of Defense, where he is Regional Director for Africa for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency/DIILS.
  • Theresa Tronerud P'14 - Pharmacist
  • Colin Duethorn '11 - Actuarial sciences
  • Michelle Massman Drew - Clinical Supervisor/Social Worker
  • Frank Rizzo - Wall Street working in the areas of marketing, accounting, auditing and finance (at Dun & Bradstreet and Standard & Poor's)
  • Sarah Neithercut - Assumption College Admission Office's Assistant Director.  
  • Dr. James McLoughlin - Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Craig LaFiandra, P'16, P'17 - Business, specializing in the area of Strategic Accounts for UnitedHealthcare
  • Dr. Murray Buttner - General Practitioner in medicine
  • Ms. Candace Peterson - Nurse practitioner 

Naviance

Naviance

Naviance is a college placement software program. It helps students through their college search process and helps the College Placement Office to organize all the supporting academic documents that are needed for college applications. Naviance includes all U.S. colleges and universities. Students can search majors, degree programs, college locations, size and a number of other factors to consider when applying to college.

Log in to Naviance here.

Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight: Christina Doherty '16

College: Elon University, Elon, NC
Major: Double Major in Finance and Management


Q: How many schools did you apply to?
A: I applied to Elon through Early Decision and 4 additional schools (High Point University, Providence College, Bryant and Fairfield) through their Early Action applications. I withdrew those 4 applications after receiving Early Decision admission at Elon. 


Q: What were some of the major factors you were looking for in colleges?
A: My preferences changed over time. Initially, I was looking at small, liberal arts schools within a couple hours of my home. After visiting a number of campuses and deciding that I wanted to study business, I began to investigate larger schools including some that were much farther away. I looked for schools with a strong study abroad program because I knew that I wanted to spend at least one semester overseas. I also wanted a school with access to a solid network of businesses for internship opportunities. Finally, I wanted to feel comfortable on campus and when visiting Elon it felt like a second home. 


Q: How was the application process for you? How did you manage it while balancing classes, sports, etc?
A: I began making spreadsheets my sophomore year, and was overwhelmed with the amount of choices at first. I spent a lot of my free time researching and visiting campuses over school and summer breaks. By the end of junior year, I had a decent idea of my SAT score and GPA, and focused on finding my top 5 schools in each category: reach, possible, and safety. My spreadsheet included potential majors, extracurriculars, and campus interests. Once I was able to prioritize what was important to me, it became easier to narrow down my choices. The result was that going into senior year, I had a list of 15 schools that were a good match, and that helped reduced the stress. I was then able to shift my focus to starting the common app and essay.


Q: How did Marianapolis assist you in the process, and ultimately your decision?
A: All of the teachers were a huge help to me throughout this entire process. The beginning of senior year can be challenging with having to attack the daunting task of selecting schools to apply to, filling out applications, writing essays, etc. Mr. Schäfer offered a lot of support with both my common app essay and the essay that Elon required. Mr. Richardson also played a big role in helping with essays, edits, advising throughout the process and helping me through the final decisions. I could not even tell you how many times I would stop by his office in the middle of the day and drop off something for him to review and edit. Sure enough, by the end of the day, I was able to pick it up.  Also, my teachers appreciated that I did not wait until the last minute to ask them for help with recommendations or essays, and that I had done a lot of research and work on my own before approaching them.


Q: What advice would you give to underclassmen in terms of the application process? Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
A: Start early. This process can take a lot longer than one expects. Upon entering your senior year, you should have already spent time refining your “wants," visiting local colleges, and setting priorities so you can focus on selecting schools that are the best fit. The more time you spend early on in the process, the less stress you will feel senior year as you finalize your list. This will allow you to focus your time on applications and supplementals. Don’t be afraid to change your mind along the way because change can be good. I fell in love with many schools I visited early in the process, but later realized they weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Keep an open mind. Its OK to set your heart on attending your “#1” choice but have a fall back plan.  There are lots of great schools. Lastly, visit the schools you are applying to, especially if you are applying early anywhere. I understand that it can be hard to make time, but visiting a school will give you a whole different perspective, and admissions will take you more seriously if you have spent time on campus.

Senior Spotlight: Ryan Barishian '16

 

College: University of Alabama, Huntsville.
Major: Astrophysics

Q: How many schools did you apply to?
A: I applied to 6 schools, 4 are in the northeast, and the other two are in the south.

Q: What were some of the major factors you were looking for in colleges?
A: I was looking for a small school because I liked the smallness of Marianapolis. I have always gone to small schools.

Q: How was the application process for you? How did you manage it while balancing classes, sports, etc?
A: I finished most of my college search over the summer before the school year started. I had chosen which schools I would apply to before school started. All I had to do was write my essay and complete the applications.

Q: How did Marianapolis assist you in the process, and ultimately your decision?
A: The college essay class taught online in the summer really helped me finish writing my essay early. Mr. Richardson helped me understand where I was in the application process.

Q: What advice would you give to underclassmen in terms of the application process? Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
A: I recommend that students who are starting the application process soon to write their essays and select the colleges they are interested in early, during the summer. This way, all you have to do in the fall is fill out the applications.

 

 

 

College Placement Office

Contact Us

James Richardson
Director of College Placement
jrichardson@marianapolis.org
(860) 923-9565 ext. 299

Tara Kelly
Associate Director of College Placement
tkelly@marianapolis.org
(860) 923-9565 ext. 244

 

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