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College Counseling

The College Counselor at Ursuline High School works closely with each and every student and his/her parents throughout the college admission process. The Guidance Services Department assists with college research, applications, essays, major and career exploration. Our counselors also give advisement in the area of the college financial aid process and help students apply for a variety of scholarship awards. Just as every student is an individual, we help each student decide where he/she will be academically challenged, comfortable, and successful.

Program Includes…

  • individual consultation with students for academic/personal support
  • assistance for students when exploring career options
  • scheduling college representatives to visit the Ursuline campus
  • extensive assistance for students during the college admissions process with an emphasis on helping students select the college best suited for him/her
  • presentations for parents regarding the college admissions process and financial aid
  • coordination of college scholarship and financial aid opportunities
  • assistance for students in determining yearly high school schedules to meet college prerequisites
  • administration of standardized test program
  • coordination of ACT/SAT prep classes and test registration
  • recognition of students for local and national awards

College Representative Visits

All college representative visits at Ursuline will take place during the school day. Parents/guardians are always welcome to join! This information is also posted in the junior/senior Google Classrooms and will be continually updated as more schools are added.

  • Miami University – Tuesday, September 6 (Period 2)
  • Westminster College – Tuesday, September 6 (Period 6)
  • Youngstown State University – Thursday, September 15 (Period 1)
  • Thiel College – Thursday, September 15 (Period 3)
  • Seton Hill University – Friday, September 16 (Period 2)
  • John Carroll University – Tuesday, September 20 (Period 1)
  • Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA) – Wednesday, September 21 (Period 3)
  • The Ohio State University – Wednesday, September 28 (Period 4)
  • University of Mount Union – Thursday, September 29 (Period 1)
  • Slippery Rock University – Friday, September 30 (Period 3)
  • YSU Honors College/Bacc-Med Program – Friday, September 30 (Period 4)
  • Ashland University – Monday, October 3 (Period 6)
  • Walsh University – Tuesday, October 4 (Period 4)
  • Alfred University – Tuesday, October 4 (Period 6)
  • Geneva College – Thursday, October 6 (Period 4)
  • University of Cincinnati – Tuesday, October 18 (Period 6)
  • University of Akron – Wednesday, October 19 (Period 4)
  • Notre Dame College – Wednesday, October 19 – (Period 7)
  • Kent State University – Friday, October 20 (Period 2)
  • Cleveland State University – Thursday, October 20 (Period 7)
  • Baldwin Wallace University – Monday, October 24 (Period 2)

John Baylor Prep –

All juniors and seniors are equipped with log-in information to use on John Baylor Prep’s new website – OnToCollege. While John Baylor Prep is being incorporated into the classroom to help students improve their ACT scores, it can also be used at home. John Baylor Prep provides print-outs, videos, and online practice exams to help students reach their full potential on their next ACT. See Mrs. Anne Kakavros for log-in information.


The PSAT will be offered to sophomores and juniors on two separate dates this year. Sophomores who wish to sit for the exam will do so on Wednesday, October 12 during periods 1-4. Juniors may take the exam on Tuesday, October 25. To sign up, please give an envelope with your name on it with $18 enclosed to Mrs. Anne Kakavros by Wednesday, September 14.

Financial Aid Information Night

Ursuline will host Ms. Gina McHenry from Youngstown State University’s Financial Aid Office to discuss everything from FAFSA to scholarships and tuition. Because FAFSA is a national program, this informational session can be very beneficial to all senior parents even if their child is not planning to attend YSU. The session will be held in the Library Learning Center at 5:30 on Wednesday, November 2.

College Credit Plus Information Night

Ursuline is partnered with Youngstown State University to provide students the opportunity to take college-level courses while earning high school and college credit. Classes are available on YSU’s campus, online, or as dual credit at Ursuline. A representative from YSU’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program will be at Ursuline on Thursday, December 8 to discuss the program with interested students and parents for the upcoming school year. The session will begin at 5:30 in the Library Learning Center. Please let Mrs. Anne Kakavros know if you plan to attend.

ACT Test Dates 2022-2023

Practice booklets and other test taking resources are available in the Guidance Office. If you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver (free/reduced lunch student) please see Mrs. Anne Kakavros for a form.

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Saturday, September 10 August 5 August 19
Saturday, October 22 September 16 September 30
Saturday, December 10 November 4 November 11
Saturday, February 11 January 6 January 20
Saturday, April 15 March 10 March 24
Saturday, June 10 May 5 May 19
Saturday, July 15 June 16 June 23

College Counseling Web Resources for Students & Parents

Most Popular Links
Personality and Career Assessment
Search for Colleges
Two Year College Resources
Military Careers
Virtual Tours
Health and Safety for Students
About the Different Tests
Test Prep Resources
Scholarship Search
Financial Aid Calculators
Financial Aid Links
For Minority, Low-Income, First Generation Students
Students With Disabilities

Support Services

Ursuline High School’s Guidance Department offers a wide variety of support services to help students succeed.

  • Individual consultation with students for academic/personal support
  • Coordination of after school teacher assistance / tutoring
  • Full time intervention specialist to assist students with academic/organizational deficiencies
  • Oversee and assist in the implementation of Individualized Educational Plans (IEP)
  • Oversee and assist in the implementation of Educational Adjustment Plans (EAP / 504)
  • Title 1 Tutoring Services in English and Math
  • Coordination of peer tutoring
  • Assistance for students when exploring career options and graduation pathways
  • Assistance for students in determining yearly high school schedules
  • Administration of standardized test program, including the facilitation of testing accommodations (when applicable)
  • Recognition of students for local and national awards

Academic Issues

If a student is facing an academic issue, please contact the classroom teacher or the Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Louise Kotel or Mrs. Anne Kakavros. Faculty members may be reached via email or by calling the Ursuline Office at 330-744-4563.


Mental Health Services

Ursuline High School has partnered with Alta Behavioral Healthcare to provide a mental health counselor to assist students with school or personal problems. Miss Shania Warren, a licensed counselor, meets with students at UHS. She is available to see students on a regular basis or as needed. If you are interested in counseling for your son/daughter, please reach out to an Ursuline Administrator or Guidance Counselor at 330-744-4563.

About The Guidance Department

The Ursuline High School Guidance Department provides a variety of pupil personnel services. The responsibility of the counselors is to provide guidance and counseling services to assist students in their personal, academic, career and college choices. All members of the department are professionally trained educators.

All counselors meet with every assigned student to assess the student’s personal development and offer their assistance. They monitor progress reports and failures. They see students at the request of teachers, parents, or students themselves. Professional guidelines of confidentiality are maintained in student-counselor contacts.

Beginning in the freshmen year, guidance counselors begin to work with all students concerning academic scheduling, progress, and future planning. The freshman/sophomore guidance counselor is Mrs. Louise Kotel. At the conclusion of the sophomore year, students are transitioned to the junior/senior counselor, Mrs. Anne Kakavros.

Beginning in the junior year and continuing throughout the senior year, counselors work closely with students on issues of college investigation, selection, and application. College news and scholarship bulletins are regularly published throughout the year. Mrs. Anne Kakavros also provides career guidance by assisting students through the use of evaluation instruments and instruction in the availability and use of textual and computerized career resources.

Guidance Department Contact Information

Freshman / Sophomore Counselor – Mrs. Louise Kotel (330-744-4563 /

Junior / Senior Counselor – Mrs. Anne Kakavros (330-744-4563 /


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