College Counseling

Helping you achieve your dreams

EC offers an outstanding college-preparatory program, so helping students explore options and find the best post-secondary pathway is what we strive to achieve. Last year, 99 percent of our graduating seniors entered four-year undergraduate program and EC's college counselors provided students and families with personal support every step of the way.

College support services include:

  • Individual meetings with students
  • Grade-specific college preparation workshops
  • Assistance in identifying and researching colleges
  • Information sessions on topics such as financial aid, learning challenges, NCAA and more
  • Assistance and mentoring through the college application process of essays, applications and letters of recommendation
  • Training in Naviance - a comprehensive online college and career readiness platform
  • College and career readiness assistance
  • College-related communications via email and Twitter

EC students are supported all four years of high school and are well-prepared upon graduation to succeed in a collegiate environment. Students benefit from practice SAT exam opportunities in grades nine - 11 offered during class time and essay workshops offered onsite outside of school.

Every fall, more than 80 college and university representatives from around the country schedule visits at Eastside Catholic School to meet with our students and answer questions about college admission to their institution.

Naviance Student from Naviance

Naviance Student from Naviance is a college and career platform that many high schools have chosen to use as a means of helping students prepare for college and use it as the vehicle to submit documents (transcripts, letters of recommendations and reports) electronically to all colleges and universities.

Upon enrolling in high school at Eastside Catholic, all students and families are provided with registration codes to login and begin using their Naviance accounts. Every student has their own account. Families that have more than one student attending EC may have their accounts linked so that they may view/access all of their students through one account. While parents have access their student(s) account, parents and students have different login information, usernames and passwords.

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College Athletics

The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is a non-profit organization that regulates and organizes the athletic programs of colleges and universities in the US and Canada. Additionally, it supports student-athletes that compete in college sports.

All students who desire to play a sport at the Division I or Division II level in college must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org.

The NCAA Eligibility Center reviews the academics and amateurism of all prospective student athletes.

There are different eligibility requirements for Division I, Division II and Division III athletics. Division I athletics have the strictest requirements of the three divisions and Division III does not have any requirements of athletes. See descriptions below of the different divisions per the NCAA website.

Division I

Division I schools generally have more students, larger athletic budgets and more athletic department support than schools in Division II or III.

Division II

Schools in Division II emphasize a life balance in which academically and athletically gifted students can compete at a high level while maintaining a traditional collegiate experience.

Division III

Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes who experience shorter sports seasons, reducing their time away from academic studies and other campus activities. Consult the individual college or university for admission and eligibility requirements. See the official NCAA Division III website for additional information. No athletic aid is granted to students who play for a Division III school, but merit and need-based aid can be offered by the institutions.

Recruitment

Some student-athletes are recruited by colleges and universities to play a sport for their school. If a student is recruited by a school for athletics, the college application process differs from students applying to schools that aren’t planning on participating in sports or are only planning to play a sport at the Division III level.

Student-athletes in particular sports can be recruited as early as sophomore year. It is not recommended for students to commit to playing for a specific college or university this early in high school, but for students to keep an open dialogue with schools that may be looking at them.

PSAT/SAT/ACT

College Entrance Examinations

Scores on college entrance exams (ACT, SAT, and SAT subject tests) are often taken into consideration when determining college admission. While more higher education institutions have decided to go “test-optional”, meaning that the institutions don’t’ require students to submit college entrance exam scores for admission, the vast majority of colleges and universities still require submission of college entrance exams in order to be considered for admission.

Practice College Entrance Exams

At Eastside Catholic high school students in grade levels 9 – 11 take practice college entrance exams (PSAT 8-9 or PSAT) provided by the school. Early exposure and repeated practice allows for better performance on the actual exams.

The PSAT/NMSQT

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a CollegeBoard exam is given during junior year of high school that is of special importance because it determines student eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. If students receive an index number (populated by their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT) high enough to be in the top 50,000 high scorers in the country they will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as being eligible to become a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. Semi-Finalists are notified of their status and then encouraged to complete an application to become a National Merit Finalist and be awarded scholarships. Notification typically is made in early September.

ACT and SAT Exams

Students are able to choose whether they would like to take the ACT, SAT, both, or neither (if the student plans to apply to only test-optional schools), but taking one exam is recommended to keep options open. It is also recommended to take either exam twice. Students may do better taking an exam a second time, but many colleges and universities “superscore” which is when schools accept multiple score sets and take the best score from each individual subject from different score sets to populate a more generous test score. A superscore cannot be created from only one score set. More schools superscore the SAT exam than the ACT and some schools do not superscore at all. Colleges cannot superscore the old SAT exam and the redesigned SAT exam.

It is recommended that students take a practice or shortened version of both the ACT and SAT to determine which exam might be a better fit for them. If a student scores higher on one practice exam over the other, it may be beneficial to select that exam. While the two exams resemble each other more than ever, there are still slight differences in the format and curriculum tested. Registration and more information about the ACT exam can be accessed at act.org.

Registration and more information about the SAT exam can be accessed at collegeboard.org.

SAT Subject Tests

Highly selective colleges and universities will sometimes require SAT Subject Tests to be submitted in ordered to be considered for admission to their schools. SAT Subject Tests demonstrate knowledge in specific subject areas. Schools that require subject tests often want students to take two subject tests and the specific subject area required can depend on a student’s intended major. There are 20 different subject tests available to take through The CollegeBoard. Students register to take the SAT Subject Tests through collegeboard.org.

Important Reminders

  • Students cannot take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day
  • Both the SAT and ACT now require photo uploads during registration as part of the identification process
  • Students are required to present an acceptable form of ID to the test center on the day of testing

ACT and SAT test dates are available at collegeboard.org and act.org.

Information for College Representatives

College visits are scheduled through RepVisits.

Please be aware that it is Eastside Catholic School policy to only allow not-for-profit educational institutions to visit our school.

We welcome college visits during the school day, mid-September through mid-November. Please select the time and date that works for you as noted in the RepVisit calendar. If you have specific questions about your visit or would like to request a time that is not listed, please contact Student Services Coordinator Karin House at khouse@eastsidecatholic.org or College Counselor Jennifer Hemker at jhemker@eastsidecatholic.org.

Day of Visit

Eastside Catholic is located at 232 228th Avenue NE, Sammamish, WA 98074. Upon entering the building, please check in at the Main Office to sign in and pick up your visitor badge. You will then be directed to Student Services.

Parking

Visitor parking is available in the south parking lot. Upon entering the parking lot, parking is located on the right. Please allow at least five minutes to walk up the hill from the parking lot to the main building.

Our College Counselors

Marjorie Hayton
425-295-3054
Last names A-K

Jennifer Hemker
425-295-3128
Last names L-Z

Matriculation: 2016 & 2017 Graduates

(List edited for length)

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Azusa Pacific University (CA)
  • Baylor University (TX)
  • Bellevue College
  • Benedictine College (KS)
  • Brown University
  • Boise State University (ID)
  • Boston College (MA)
  • Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Bucknell University (PA)
  • Butte College (CA)
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Lutheran University
  • California Maritime Academy
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Carroll College (MT)
  • Catholic University (DC)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Central Washington University
  • Chapman University (CA)
  • Claremont McKenna College (CA)
  • Clarkson University (NY)
  • College of San Mateo (CA)
  • College of the Holy Cross (MA)
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia Basin College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elon University (NC)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (AZ)
  • Emerson College (MA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • George Fox University (OR)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Gonzaga University
  • Gwynedd-Mercy College (PA)
  • Harvard College (MA)
  • High Pt. University (NC)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Iowa State University
  • La Salle University (PA)
  • Lawrence University (WI)
  • LIM College (NY)
  • Marquette University (WI)
  • Miami University, Oxford (OH)
  • Montana State University, Bozeman
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University (MA)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Occidental College (CA)
  • Oregon State University
  • Pace University (NY)
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Pomona College (CA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • Reed College (OR)
  • Regis University (CO)
  • Rice University (TX)
  • Rocky Mountain College (MT)
  • Sacred Heart University (MA)
  • Saint John’s University (MN)
  • San Diego State University (CA)
  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Southern Methodist University (TX)
  • St. John’s University - Queens Campus (NY)
  • St. Olaf College (MN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Suffolk University (MA)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • The George Washington University (DC)
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Montana, Missoula
  • The University of Texas, Dallas
  • The University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Trinity University (TX)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • United States Air Force Academy (CO)
  • United States Military Academy (NY)
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Montevallo (AL)
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Portland (OR)
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Redlands (CA)
  • University of Rochester (NY)
  • University of San Diego (CA)
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington
  • Villanova University (PA)
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Westmont College (CA)
  • Whitman College
  • Whittier College (CA)
  • Whitworth University
  • Willamette University (OR)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)