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College Counseling

Welcome to the College Counseling Page!

Cardinal Newman is a college preparatory school and our number one goal is fully preparing all of our students for the future. For most of our students that means preparing for college. The college application process can feel overwhelming, and at times maybe even intimidating. This is why we have a dedicated College Counselor who begins working with students as early as ninth grade. 

The College Counselor sends weekly updates in the Cardinal Compass, to keep parents aware of what resources and grade appropriate events are available to them and their students. College counseling begins when students enter high school, with research and test prep, and continues with increased regularity through a student's senior year. Cardinal Newman is proud to have built relationships with and sent students to elite programs like Duke, Sewanee, Notre Dame, Catholic University, American University, William & Lee, Virginia Tech, Clemson Honors, University of South Carolina Honors, Wofford, Furman and many more. College Counseling is an important component of the high school process, and is available to all families. 

For Colleges & Universities: Cardinal Newman uses RepVisits to schedule college visits.  We will be offering visit times from September 15th through November 12th.  Junior and senior students will be in attendance at all visits.  With a graduating class enrolled yearly at colleges and universities across the country, we welcome both regional and national Admissions Counselors to visit our campus.  In person and virtual visits are available.  All visits will last 30 to 40 minutes.  

If you have any questions or cannot find a time that matches with your availability, please contact the office of College Counseling at 803-888-1625. We look forward to hosting you and giving our students the opportunity to learn about all your college has to offer!

Parents: Please be sure to click on the links below for a number of important resources.

Academic Common Market: The Academic Common Market allows for South Carolina residents who are enrolled in specific programs at out-of-state institutions to be charged only the applicable in-State tuition by the institution in which the student in enrolled.

Common Application:  This online application is accepted by 456 colleges and universities in the United States.
NCAA Initial Eligibility:  Students who plan to play college varsity sports should register here at the end of junior year. 

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid File in the October of your senior year.

FAFSA Informative video: Information on what to know about the FAFSA process.
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education:  Palmetto Fellows, Life and Hope scholarships, and access to the SCHOLAR South Carolina colleges' online application.
Catholic Colleges and Universities: The National Catholic Colleges Admission Association provides a search engine for Catholic colleges and universities, as well as other resources.
College Majors 101:  a good source of information about college majors and careers.

College Guide: The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. provides an interactive, digital edition of the College Guide.