College Counseling


Congratulations Class of 2019!  100% College Acceptance
$23 Million Awarded in Academic College Scholarships!

 

HIGHER EDUCATION STATISTICS FOR THE: 

Class of 2019

Four Year College/University: 95%
Two-Year College: 4%
United States Armed Services: 1%
Catholic Colleges and Universities: 41%

The Class of 2019 was accepted into over 150 different colleges and universities and earned over $23 million dollars in college scholarships.

College Acceptance List 2019

Class of 2019 Scholarships and Awards

 

Trinity holds the distinction as one of twenty-five College Preparatory Schools by North Central Association and Illinois State Board of Education.

College Counseling Philosophy & Curriculum

Trinity’s mission is to prepare young women to move confidently to the next step in their educational process. This extraordinary success rate is due to a rich curriculum incorporating the latest proven techniques, with the added advantage of a single-gender atmosphere. In alignment with that mission and as a college preparatory high school, Trinity prepares young women to achieve their goals in college and beyond. Our rigorous college prep and IB curriculum provides strong academic preparation for college admission. Students at all grade levels engage in critical thinking and analysis, investigation, and exploration which are all skills critical to success at the university level. The four-year curriculum is infused with opportunities for students to explore passions and interests, develop skills, and enhance confidence, all of which will play a key role in college planning, admission, and success. Trinity provides comprehensive academic, social, and emotional counseling throughout students’ high school career with a team of three school counselors and a designated college counselor.

Freshman and Sophomore Years 

The college counseling curriculum begins when a student enters the halls of Trinity. In the freshman and sophomore years, students are supported to have a strong academic start and engage in a rigorous curriculum. Academic success is still the most important factor in college admissions. Students are encouraged to get involved in school activities and become engaged members of the Trinity community. This could include joining a student club, serving those in need, advocating for social justice causes, or participating in athletics or the fine arts. It is through both academic and social engagement that students develop a greater sense of self, understand their role as leaders, and begin to foster interests and talents that they may later choose to pursue in college. 

As freshmen and sophomores, students will participate in various summative assessments which helps assess achievement of academic benchmarks and prepares students for college entrance tests like the ACT and SAT. Their school counselor will help students understand assessment results and offer test preparation recommendations that are reasonable based on each student’s needs and interests.  Even as underclass students, freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to engage with college and university admissions officers as they visit Trinity each fall and spring, in order to start exploring college options and understand admission requirements. Sophomores are also invited to participate in Trinity-sponsored college tours. 

Junior Year 

During the junior year, college planning formally begins. Our college counselor will guide students through the process of critically assessing academic interests, skills, talents, and aspirations. Students will explore the idea of “college fit” and learn how to access tools to more fully engage in the college search process.  Trinity provides a multitude of opportunities to engage with college admissions officers from lunchtime visits, to information sessions for admitted students, college planning workshops, guided college tours, and designated college visit days. Students will start researching schools, developing a list of schools to which they will apply, and be introduced to the components of a college application and the admissions process. In the spring, juniors meet one-on-one with the college counselor to craft a plan for her college search. Students are able to access recommendations regarding their college choices, coaching and support throughout the process.  

Components: 

  • College Planning Meeting (January) 
  • College Questionnaire (January-February) 
  • Small Group Meetings (assessing fit and approaching the search- March/April) 
  • One-on-One Meetings with college counselor (Feb-May) 
  • Spring College Visits at Trinity 
  • College Planning Workshop (Essay writing, college visit, tour- May) 
  • Summer College Tours 

Senior Year 

As seniors, Trinity students have the benefit of receiving hands-on assistance with the college application and admissions process. Students work closely with the college counselor to curate a list of colleges that is appropriate, intentional and competitive based on each students needs and interests. Our college counselor actively works with the senior class to ensure proper completion of applications, careful attention to deadlines, and assistance with the scholarship and financial aid process. Because of our low counselor-student ratio, our college counselor provides each senior with a comprehensive letter of recommendation that addresses her chosen curriculum and academic achievements, contributions to her community, passions and interests, and capacity for college success. It is because of our comprehensive approach and commitment to college attainment that Trinity boasts 100% college acceptance and Class of 2018 scholarship earnings of over $24.5 million. 

Components: 

  • Common Application / Coalition Application Workshop (August & September)
  • College Application and Financial Aid Program (September)
  • Application Q & A Session (Weekly August-October) 
  • FAFSA Completion Workshop* 
  • One-on-one counseling and support 
  • Scholarship interview preparation 
  • Fall College Visits at Trinity

HELPFUL FINANCIAL AID LINKS

NAVIANCE 

Trinity High School’s Guidance Department uses Naviance, a comprehensive website that you and your child can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. Naviance is linked with College Planner, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that’s specific to our school.

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Research Scholarships and learn about financial aid.
  • Visit Trinity’s scholarship library (over 100 scholarships posted!)
  • Naviance Website: http://connection.naviance.com/trinityhisch

COLLEGE VISITS

Students and Parents: Each year, over 75 colleges and universities visit Trinity. Find the up to date calendar of colleges visiting Trinity on Naviance.

College Admission Representatives: To schedule a high school visit please contact the College Counselor, Ms. Katie Granholm, 708-453-8358 or kgranholm@trinityhs.org or schedule online directly through RepVisits.

UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIRS

College fairs are a great way to learn more about the wide variety of college options available and connect with schools from around the country, and around the world! All Trinity students are invited to participate in these upcoming fairs: 
Morton College IACAC Fair September 25, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Morton College
Chicago National College Fair  October 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m McCormick Place
College of DuPage College Fair  October 15, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. College of DuPage

Class of 2018

Four year College/University: 91%
Two-year College: 9%
Catholic College and Universities: 35%
The class of 2018 was accepted into 165 different colleges and universities and earned $24.5 million dollars in college scholarships.

2018 College Acceptance List

Class of 2018 Scholarships and Awards

 

Class of 2017

Four year College/University: 90%
Two-year College: 10%
In-State: 67%
Out of State: 33%
Catholic College and Universities: 30%
The class of 2017 was accepted into 193 different colleges and universities and also earned $23.5 million dollars in college scholarships.

Class of 2017 College Acceptance List

Class of 2017 Scholarships and Awards