Preparing for College

Preparation for college at USJ begins at the Lower and Middle School level with a strong math and literature-based curriculum. Curriculum rigor continues in the Upper School as students participate actively in academics, athletics, and the arts. The goal of our College Advising Team is to provide individualized attention and support to our students as they participate in the college search and selection process. There are many colleges that will be a good ‘fit’ for each student and we guide our students as they research colleges, meet deadlines, and plan for the future.

We are proud that 100 percent of USJ graduates meet college admission requirements. Their USJ education makes them competitive applicants at the most academic selective schools.

For information about upcoming college entrance tests, college visits, open houses, scholarship opportunities, and summer programs click here...

Junior Year College Advising Forms

Juniors and their parents need to each complete an online questionnaire before their first meeting with college advising is scheduled.

  • Juniors click here to fill out their questionnaire.
  • Parents click here to fill out their questionnaire.

Plan at least 30 minutes to complete each form. Once you submit the form, it is sent to Carol Ryan, Director of College Advising. Once both forms are completed, College Advising will contact you to set up your family meeting.

College Day: USJ holds an annual College Admissions Seminar for Juniors.  Representatives from various universities and colleges provide students and parents with vital information and advice on both the college admissions process and the keys to achieving success in college.

College Visit Policy

Whenever possible, please schedule college visits during fall break, spring break, and school holidays. If it is necessary to miss class to visit a college, we ask that parents and students observe our college visit policy. It is designed to preserve teaching time and promote order in the curriculum. The student will need to obtain written permission from Carol Ryan and all of his/her teachers before making travel plans. This is accomplished by having a parent email the request to Lori Howell (lhowell@usjbruins.org) at least five days before the absence. Lori Howell will then fill out the purple prearranged absence form and give it to the student to obtain the necessary signatures. The student must take the form to each of his/her teachers and gain their approval with a signature. After visiting the college(s), please attach proof of the visit(s) to the prearranged absence form and submit all of the documents to Lori Howell upon returning to school. A note from the college admissions office or a copy of the college appointment confirmation will serve as proof. 

College Profile

USJ's College Profile is sent to colleges along with a student's application. It explains the coursework, grading scale, and graduation requirements at USJ and provides a snapshot of the class scores, including SAT, ACT, and quintile averages. It also shows grade distribution for AP and Honors courses, AP scores, and a look at colleges that USJ graduates have been accepted at and then attended.

To download a copy of the USJ College Profile in pdf format, click here. You can view it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can also get a copy of the School Profile from the college advising office.

For more information about applying to college and financial aid, check out these web sites.

Advanced Placement Program

USJ offers 16 Advanced Placement courses, giving our students the opportunity to take one or more college-level courses in their areas of interest. Our strong AP program sets us apart from most other schools. By the end of their first semester of college, many USJ graduates are classified as sophomores or better because of the AP credits earned in high school. Learn more...