The following information has been provided by the Guidance Department as supplemental resources to help students and their families navigate the college search process. Please remember that Guidance Counselors are available to discuss college search and post-graduation options with each student and that students also have access to Naviance, an online college and career preparation software program. Students may use email to request an appointment with their guidance counselor at any time.

Senior Planning Guide
A guide for juniors and seniors preparing for college and career decisions.

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Guaranteed Admission Partnership with Mount St. Mary's College
Guaranteed Admission Partnership with Mount St. Mary's College

Delone Catholic High School has become the first high school in Pennsylvania to partner with Mount St. Mary’s University on an admissions agreement guaranteeing the high school’s graduates admission and a four-year renewable scholarship to the university.

“This partnership recognizes our shared goal to enhance access to high-quality values-based education at the high school and postsecondary levels,” said Mount St. Mary’s President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “This agreement is an ideal fit because both institutions have long histories of enrolling students who are looking to live significantly.”

“This arrangement expands the many close ties that already exist between Delone Catholic and the Mount, as many of our graduates have elected to pursue post-secondary studies there,” reflected Principal Richard La Rocca, S.T.L. “Our school also has benefited from working closely with teacher-interns and seminarians coming from the Mount for some time now.”

Under the agreement, signed by Trainor and LaRocca, Delone Catholic students who meet defined requirements are guaranteed admission to MSMU. Students who meet the criteria will receive, at minimum, a $22,000 four-year award, with a total value of $88,000.

A Mount St. Mary’s admissions representative will visit Delone as many as three times a year to share information about the Mount’s academic programs and application, admissions, financial aid and related processes.


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College Testing Information

Tests which are labeled college admissions tests measure how much a student has learned throughout all his years of schooling.

  • SAT: The SAT is preferred by colleges in the Middle Atlantic states. It measures both verbal and math ability. This test is administered at specific sites seven times during the school year. For locations and testing dates, click here.
  • ACT: The ACT is recognized by most colleges in the Middle Atlantic States but is preferred by schools in the southern and western states. Many community colleges in Pennsylvania use this test for admission and/or placement purposes. It measures ability in four areas: verbal, math, natural science and reading. It is administered at specified sites five times during the school year. For locations and testing dates, click here.
  • SAT Subject Tests:Some of the more competitive colleges require one or more placement tests from students whom they have accepted. These tests are in individual subject areas such as English Composition, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Biology, etc. Registering for these tests is accomplished through the same procedure as registering for the SAT. Subject Tests are administered on five SAT test dates.
  • Special Tests: For specific areas of study, there are sometimes special tests. For example, some nursing schools require the National League of Nursing Test. Those wishing to pursue Dental Hygiene must take a specific test. The catalog of each school will indicate what tests, if any, are required.
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College Visitation Policy

Seniors are encouraged to visit the school(s) in which they are seriously interested. There is no better way for students to discover the atmosphere on campus - what it is like to be a student at a particular school. As stated in the Delone Catholic High School Handbook/Planbook the following is Delone Catholic’s policy regarding College Visitations:

“Students who wish to visit a college or trade school should present a note of permission from parents to the Vice Principal and notify subject teachers ahead of time. When the student returns from a school visit, he/she must bring a note or letter from the college verifying that the student actually visited the school. This note should be signed by a school official and should include the date of the visit. Absences for educational experiences should be limited to four per year.”

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Scholarship Opportunities Listing

In recent years, colleges, universities and other organizations have offered our graduating classes millions of dollars in scholarships. The Guidance Department regularly publishes a list of scholarship opportunities to which our students may apply. Please return to the Scholarship Listings page regularly to look for updated opportunities. (The link is also available in the PlusPortals.) See your guidance counselor for applications and other information.

Guidance Department

Mrs. Lori S. Heberling
Guidance Department Chair
Mr. Stephen A. Hutton
Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Heather M. Rohrer
Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Dianne J. Schildt
Counselor Assistant