Student Life

College Counseling

List of 4 items.

  • 174

    Number of colleges that visited our campus last fall
  • 99

    Percentage of students who go on to a four-year college immediately after graduation
  • $22M

    Value of scholarships awarded to members of the Class of 2018
  • 233

    Number of unique colleges our seniors were accepted to in 2018
Dear Students and Parents,

In keeping with Gonzaga’s Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis, or care of the whole person, we approach the college process in a holistic and personalized way. We work individually with each boy to help him identify his unique talents, interests, and strengths. 

We are also here to guide parents and students through what can sometimes feel like a confusing and overwhelming process. We set out to ensure that you are up to date on the college process—within these pages, you'll find lots of information about the college application process, including timelines, guides and assignments, and resources to learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

The college search can be a very exciting period! We look forward to working with each of you.


Eli Clarke

Director of College Counseling

College Counseling Timeline

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  • Junior Year: Fall

    • Take the PSAT/PLAN test in October.
    • Attend Junior Family Night, when college counselors will provide an overview of the college process for juniors and their parents.
    • Attend Junior and Senior Parent Financial Aid Night.
    • Plan visits to local colleges and universities.
  • Junior Year: Winter/Spring

    • Throughout the month of February, the college counseling department will hold small group meetings with juniors to pass out and discuss the College Counseling Guide Part 1, which includes an overview of the process, timelines, and important dates to remember.
    • During February and March, juniors should schedule and have their first one-on-one meeting with their assigned college counselor.
    • Make sure to meet with Ms. McLaughlin to discuss summer programs.
    • Start looking at applications and thinking about your college essay.
    • In April and May, the college counseling department will hold family meetings with students and their parents. While parent attendance is encouraged, if family circumstances make it difficult for parents to attend, students are still strongly encouraged to have this meeting on their own.
    • Visit college websites and plan campus visits and tours for the summer.
  • Junior Year: Summer

    • Research and visit colleges.
    • Start to put together a list of colleges you’d like to apply to.
  • Senior Year: Fall

    • Throughout September, college counselors will hold small group meetings with seniors to hand out and discuss the College Counseling Guide Part II, which includes information about the application procedure, college visits and interviews, and financial aid. (You can find it under Useful Guides on the Newsletters, Forms, and Guides page). 
    • In September, every senior should create a Common Application account and fill out the matching information on Naviance.
    • Throughout the fall, all seniors and their parents should make sure to read the weekly College Counseling Newsletter for an up-to-date schedule of college reps visiting Gonzaga and deadlines for registering and taking standardized tests.

College Counseling Staff

List of 5 members.

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