College Planning

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Meet the Colleges

Spring College Fair:

Friday, March 22, 2024  10:35 AM – 12:15 PM   | Big Gym
This fair is open to all current PCHS sophomores, juniors and their parents.
View the complete list of participating colleges here.

Rep Visits:

View/Print the list of upcoming visits by college representatives.

To view the list of upcoming college visits, you can also log into Naviance > Colleges > Colleges I’m Thinking About. Interested students must sign up and get a pass in the Counseling Office. Passes must be signed by the teacher of the class that will be missed at least one day in advance of the visit. Juniors and seniors may sign up to meet with college reps.

Parent Night Presentations about College Planning

Complete information about these and all of the Counseling Department’s Parent Events be found here on our website.

Application Procedures for Seniors & Parents:

This handout explains College Application Procedures and Letter of Rec requirements for some of our students’ most popular colleges.  Download the handout here.

ACT  Test

  • ACT Registration
  • ACT Test Dates
  • PCHS School Code:  142-375  (This is also referred to as the CEEB code or ACT code.)
  • PCHS Test Center Code:  170-600 (List this as your first choice of ACT test locations for the April test.)

SAT Test

Test Preparation

Information for College Applications

  • PCHS School Code:  142-375  (This is also referred to as the CEEB code or ACT code.)
  • School Profile Document contains other info you may need for your application.
  • provides resources and tools to help students create resumes that can frame their current life experiences in a way that highlights them as well rounded, quality individuals for college applications or employment.
    Building your Resume: This document will give you helpful tips when creating your resume and includes links to sample resumes.

Financing College Costs

  • Conquering College Costs Presentation: Frank Palmasani, one of our senior/college counselors and author of the book “Right College, Right Price,” will share ways to reduce college sticker price and show families how to find affordable college options.  This information is appropriate for parents of all grade levels.  See video here on the Parent Events page.
  • FAFSA on the Web  Answers to  questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • ISAC   The Illinois Student Assistance Commission site provides information on the most popular methods to finding financial aid, including scholarships, grants and loans.
  • Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities and applications are posted on our Naviance site, under the “Colleges” tab.  Scholarships are added as they are received.
  • Scholarships & Resources for Catholic Students: This site offers unique scholarship opportunities for Catholic students including many in public service fields where they can make a positive difference in the world.  It also provides a list of valuable academic and career resources to further help Catholic students throughout their college and professional journey.


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