Our College Counseling Department

Guerin Prep hopes to prepare our young men and women to move confidently towards the next steps in their educational career. Our College Counseling program is designed to provide direction and guidance to all students as they prepare for college and beyond. Under the guidance of our College Counselor, our students will learn to understand not only their academic abilities, but their interests and capabilities that will help them to make a well-informed decision about college and their future career. In 2018, Guerin Prep students were offered more than $7 million in college scholarships and we hope to continue down that path of success in 2019!

Graduates of Guerin College Prep are routinely accepted to some of the best universities and colleges in the United States.  Here is a sampling of some of these prestigious institutions:

  • Auburn University
  • Bradley University
  • Butler University
  • Creighton University
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Knox College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Michigan State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Iowa
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Yale University                                                                                                                     

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career planning tool that will allow all students to explore their strengths, interests, and potential careers while demonstrating how it ties into their collegiate futures. The program also includes individualized, self-directed ACT test prep, and allows parents to monitor their student's progress.      

 Freshmen Year Checklist:

  • Plan Your Curriculum.
    Check the Guerin Curriculum Guide for details!
  • Start Off Strong!
    Make sure all grades are A’s and B’s
  • Get Involved!
    Join a sport, club, service project or other extracurricular activities.
  • Figure Out What You Are Good At!
    Take interest surveys and start thinking about future careers.
  • Get Help!
    Meet with both your academic counselor and college counselor (second semester)

Sophomore Year Checklist: 

  •  Keep on Track. 
    Make sure to choose the right classes for you. Always check the Guerin Curriculum Guide.
  • Stay Strong! 
    Strive for excellence -- Aim for A's and B's
  • Be a Role Model! 
    Become a leader at Guerin Prep and in your community by taking on greater responsibilities when you can.
  • Take Initiative! 
    Begin attending college fairs and visiting colleges on long weekends.
  • Begin to Consider Possible Majors.
    Try to narrow down what it is you’d like to study. Guide your decisions by what careers you think you may enjoy. Come visit Ms. Eichstaedt in the College Counseling Office during your second semester if you are having trouble.
  • Study!
    In October, take Aspire (the ACT Precursor).
Useful Links     


ACT Registration
Big Future
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Common Application
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
FAFSA PIN Creation


 Junior Year Checklist 

  • Challenge Yourself!
    Make sure to take a course load that is challenging!
  • Keep it Up!
    Keep all of your grades above a B.
  • Make a Name for Yourself.
    Maintain leadership roles and cultivate new ones.
  • Start the Prep!
    Complete at least one ACT by the end of the school year.
  • Talk to your College Counselor. 
    Discuss continuing participation in extracurricular activities with the college counselor.
  • Make the Visit!
    Visit colleges (Spring Semester) and be aware of which schools are personal reaches, targets and clear admits for you.

Senior Year Checklist: 

  •  Challenge Yourself!
    Continue to make sure that your course load is challenging!
  • Keep it Up!
    Keep your grades above a B.
  • Be a Leader!
    Maintain leadership roles at Guerin Prep and in the community.
  • Try Again!
    Retake the ACT if necessary.
  • Make the Most of Senior Year!
    Finalize plans to continue extracurricular participation.
  • Travel Around.
    Visit colleges and finalize your list of schools.
  • Start Applying!
    Take charge of the application process.

Popular University Links

Benedictine University
Bradley University
Concordia University Chicago
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
DeVry University - Addison
DeVry University - Chicago
Dominican University 
Eastern Illinois University
Elmhurst College
Illinois State University                                                        
Lake Forest College 
Lewis University
Loyola University Chicago                                                                                                       
Marquette University
Northeastern University
Northern Illinois University
North Park University
Northwestern University
Purdue University
Saint Mary of the Woods College 
Saint Mary's University - Minnesota
Saint Norbert College
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
University of Chicago
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
University of Notre Dame 
Western Illinois University