College Counseling

The school counselors are available to assist students with college and career exploration and readiness throughout their time at Mount de Sales Academy. In the spring of freshman year, students are introduced to Naviance, a tool for personal exploration and the college search. As juniors, students begin preparing for the college application process with the college counselor, which leads to a more individualized approach in senior year.

College Counseling Philosophy

Welcome to the world of College Counseling at Mount de Sales Academy. The journey in preparation for selecting a college for each student here at MDSA is a partnership venture, one in which each of us plays a vital role. Throughout the process we help students to look within themselves for clues as to what will be important in the search for an appropriate post-high school experience. Our objectives are to address individual college needs and ensure that each Mount de Sales student is an active, energetic and investigative participant in the process. By helping students realize that they have the power to define and meet their own challenges, we use the college process as an educational tool to develop skills that will be valuable even in the years beyond college. We believe that the information compiled here will help you better understand your role as well as the way the college counseling process works at Mount de Sales Academy.

The Counseling Office expectation is that we will all be active participants in this process. Regular communication between counselors, students and parents is the key to a successful experience. Although this information should provide you with answers to many of your immediate questions, we in the Counseling Office want to assure you that our office maintains an “open door” policy. We welcome your calls, your e-mails, and your scheduled visits. We urge you to take advantage of Naviance Student as well as our scheduled informational activities. Our goal is to make you educated consumers of this highly publicized, somewhat complex topic.

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  • College Application / Transcript Requests

    Each senior needs to let the Counseling Office know which schools they are applying at least three weeks before the deadline. This process is completed online through Naviance Student. If you have questions about the Naviance Student website, please contact the college counselor.
  • College Visits

    If you are planning to miss a day of school to do a college visit, you need to get a permission form signed by your teachers and by the Counseling Office. You can find forms in the Counseling Office or print the College Permission Form from this web site. Note: Seniors are allowed three College Visit Days and juniors are allowed two College Visit Days. Junior college visit day is mandatory for all juniors. For the 2023-2024 School Year, it will be held on November 10. College representatives visit Mount de Sales yearly. Juniors and seniors are welcome to sign up for these visits on Naviance Student.
  • Teacher Recommendations

    All teacher recommendations must be completed through Naviance Student. We expect that each student will have a conversation with the teacher with whom they are requesting a recommendation. Students are expected to request two teacher letters via Naviance student and complete a resume in the spring of their junior year.
  • Researching Colleges

    Trying to figure out which colleges are right for you? Look for information online at:

    Big Future by CollegeBoard – Search for colleges that meet your criteria:

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    Peterson’s Review – Reviews of colleges and universities:

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  • Financial Aid for College

    Deciding how to pay for college is often as stressful as deciding which college is right for you. Below is a list of websites with helpful information as well as information on scholarships and grants you can apply for. You may always talk to the College Counselor as well. You should also talk with the financial aid offices at the colleges you are interested in to discuss the financial aid options available to you. Also, many colleges & universities have separate applications for the scholarships they offer.
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  • Standardized Testing

    SAT and ACT are both nationally administered standardized tests used by colleges to help assess applicants. Many colleges require applicants to provide scores from one of these tests. Colleges will accept either SAT or ACT scores. It is recommended that students take one of these tests in the spring of their junior year and again in the fall of senior year if they wish. For a list of test optional colleges, you can visit
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    Mrs. Erinn Colletti 

    College Counselor
    410-744-8498 ext. 116
    Gettysburg College - B.A.
    George Washington University - M.A.

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