College Exploration

College guidance begins Freshman year with the selection of courses, taking personality and career inventories, and small group activities & discussions. Freshman year concludes with a parent college guidance orientation program.

Walsh Jesuit administers 4 practice exams: 2 Pre-ACT (grades 9 & 10) & 2 PSAT (grades 10 & 11). Students will review their scores with a counselor to determine testing strengths, weakness and review prep options.

The Sophomore Peek at the College Process is the first gathering. It is held in February, and is open to all Sophomore parents. College Guidance will discuss the “Big Six,” and the role these factors play in the college search, application and acceptance process. Families are strongly encouraged to begin visiting schools and narrowing their college search during the summer between grades 10 & 11.

Every Junior has a 1-on-1 College Guidance meeting. This involves reviewing practice test scores, going over college search software, refining college lists and creating an extracurricular & leadership resume. All Junior parents are invited to attend our College Planning Session where we explain testing requirements, application completion process, setting up college visits, financial aid & scholarships. These sessions are held monthly.

The counseling staff & college guidance staff work together to organize all parts of the college application, including recommendations.

Meet College Guidance

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Cynthia Burgio

    Cynthia Burgio 

    Walsh Jesuit High School
    Director of College Guidance
    2004
  • Photo of Cathy Kase

    Cathy Kase 

    Administrative Assistant to Guidance
    1997
  • Photo of Patrick McDermott

    Patrick McDermott 

    College Counselor
    2018