College Counseling

The return on investment of a Hoban education really comes into play in the college guidance services. 

The attention that Hoban offers students during the college preparation process begins in sophomore year and does not stop until students are committed to a school or have a future plan with which they are comfortable. With two college counselors on staff, dedicated to helping students and families successfully navigate the college search process, each student is prepared for their next chapter when they receive their diploma. Our biggest piece of advice for students and their families is to be active throughout the process. 

Each year, we welcome dozens of colleges and universities to Hoban's campus to meet with students. Students can start their exploration as early as freshman year. 

Overall, we have revamped our structure to provide more college planning services at Hoban. Our first priority within the Office of Student Services is meeting the needs of students and parents.

Kevin Hillery, Associate Principal for Student Services


Hoban Class of 2019

College Counseling

This guide will help you prepare for the college admission process.

Sophomore Year

College preparation begins during the sophomore year with a career inventory and group activity and discussion. In the first semester, all sophomores will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) as an introduction to college admissions-style standardized testing on Oct. 16, 2019. Students review their scores with their guidance counselor to judge their interests and to anticipate where their strengths lie. During the second semester, sophomores will also research and deliver a speech on a specific career of interest to them. Sophomore parents and students are invited to attend the Sophomore College Planning Night on an evening in March to get an overview of the process.

Junior Year

In the fall of their junior year, students take the PSAT a second time to qualify for National Merit Scholarships and for continued college preparation. All junior parents are invited to schedule an individual family college planning session with their college counselor in the winter or spring. In this meeting, we discuss topics including best fit colleges based upon student areas of interest, the college application process and the role the Naviance system can play in college research and planning. Juniors will take the state-sponsored ACT here at Hoban in the spring of their junior year.

College Timeline for Juniors


Start the academic year well. Work to improve your overall GPA or at least to maintain it. Initially, college admission offices will be reviewing your first six semesters of coursework (freshman through junior years) when you apply in the fall of your senior year. You want to make a good first impression.


Continue to research potential careers and majors using Naviance.


Prepare for the PSAT. This test administration at Hoban on Oct. 16, 2019, qualifies juniors for the National Merit Scholarship Program in addition to preparing them for the SAT.


Prepare for semester examinations. Complete your College Planning Résumé and Activities Form.


Schedule an appointment with your college counselor and your parents to discuss post-secondary plans between Jan. 13 and April 30. Begin preparing for one or both college entrance examinations (SATACT). Evaluate first semester performance. 


Research potential colleges of interest using Naviance and plan to make some campus visits. All juniors take the ACT at Hoban on Feb. 19, 2020.


Make campus visits during spring break. Most college are in session during this time period. It is more beneficial to visit campuses on a weekday rather than a weekend because you can observe the students and academic atmosphere.


Register for one or both college entrance examinations. Those juniors who plan on participating in Division I or II athletics need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.


Take the ACT and/or SAT.


Continue to research and visit college campuses. Explore and possibly shadow occupations you are interested in.

Senior Year

In the fall of their senior year, students will meet in group and individual sessions with their college counselor to help them understand and complete the steps in the college application process. This includes how to complete the Common Application and obtain teacher and counselor recommendations. Parents are offered support in the fall of the senior year through three evening programs. The first, in September, is a panel discussion with public and private university admissions counselors. Next comes the College Financial Aid meeting in early October, followed by the individual family FAFSA help sessions to support parents in completing and submitting the FAFSA.

College Timeline for Seniors


Make an appointment with your college counselor to update your College Planning Questionnaire and College Planning Resume. Put forth a strong academic performance. Many colleges will want to look at your seventh-semester grades. Register to re-take the ACT and/or SAT. Speak with college representatives during their lunch visits.


Check college application deadlines. Attend the senior parent meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. This evening program features a panel discussion with representatives from universities presenting the private and public perspectives of college admissions. Narrow down the list of colleges to which you plan to apply. Decide whether to apply early decision, which is a binding commitment, or regular decision. Attend Financial Aid Night at Hoban on Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. Ask for teacher recommendations. Attend college fairs and college admission visits.


Continue to work on college applications. Take ACT or SAT as needed. Make sure to notify college counselors when and where transcripts are to be sent. Make an optional appointment to meet on Oct. 14, between 4 and 7 p.m. with a financial aid adviser from John Carroll University to address specific questions you have in completing the FAFSA. Begin looking for scholarships.


Hoban’s deadline for completing college admission applications is Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Meet with a financial aid adviser from John Carroll University (date to be announced). Submit the FAFSA by the priority date set by the colleges to which you have applied. 


Hoban’s deadline for completing college admission applications is Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Meet with a financial aid adviser from John Carroll University (date to be announced). Submit the FAFSA by the priority date set by the colleges to which you have applied. 
Prepare for semester examinations. 


Avoid senioritis. It could impact graduation and/or college acceptance. 


Submit the FAFSA by the deadlines set by the colleges to which you have applied. Revisit your top choice college to confirm your decision.


Search for other scholarship sources.


Compare financial aid packages and make final college choice by the end of the month. Notify college counselors of all scholarship offers.


The deadline to notify the college you plan to attend is May 1. Notify all colleges that offered you admission of your final college choice. Congratulations! You made it.

College Planning Resources