College Counseling

Appointments can be made by calling 518-393-3131:  x114 (Mrs. Tobin)   x115 (Mr. Honsinger)

The Guidance Office is committed to assisting each student in experiencing a smooth transition from high school and to achieve their post high school career goals. Over the course of the application process, your college counselor will be available to assist you in post-secondary educational or career plans.

ND-BG College Visit Guide

College Visits

During the fall months there are college representatives who come to the guidance center to inform interested students about their college or university. These visits are a good way to learn about particular colleges and to begin to establish some individual rapport with the college one hopes to attend. Students are allowed to meet with college representatives with approval from their teacher and students are responsible for any missed work. Monthly lists of visits are posted in the guidance office and online.  Log on to Naviance to sign up to meet with a college representative.

Applying to College

Naviance – Family Connection

A primary goal of the Guidance Office at Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons School is to assist each student to attain their maximum potential.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons School is happy to introduce students to Family Connection with enhanced features, by Naviance. Family Connection offers innovative, easy-to-use web applications for high school students and their parents. Using the programs in Family Connection, students will be able to link to useful websites, surveys and many relevant career and college topics to help guide students' academic and career choices.

Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons School has transitioned to a near-paperless system for processing and submitting student’s documents to colleges using the Naviance eDocs system. The Naviance system creates a level of proficiency that is effective and time-efficient. Continuing the transition to a near-paperless system requires students to follow the Guidance Office’s application guidelines when they are published on the Family Connection home page. Creating a Common Application account is a requirement for student applying to Common Application colleges.

Remember, the more you put into this system, the more you will benefit from it!!

If you have any questions about Family Connection feel free to contact the Guidance Department.

Common Application

The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications that students and school officials may submit to any of our 600 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.  Please see this helpful link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEU2eWNb7Rc

Important Links

In addition to Naviance and Common App there are a rich variety of sources on the web that will help with your college and financial aid search. Below are a few valuable links that can help with the process.

Senior Month-to-Month Calendar
Junior Month-to-Month Calendar
Common Application - This is accepted by more than 600 private and public colleges and universities.
Electronic Applications - a link to the Princeton Review site.
Schools and Programs - This is a link to college and university homepages. This alphabetized list allows you to click on the name of the school of interest to you and be brought directly to that college or university homepage.
College Board and Petersons - 
Both sites allow you to do a college search based on the type of criteria you specify such as major, geographical location, size, etc.