College Preparation

Joyce O'Rourke, Director of School Counseling

GUIDING STUDENTS ON THE JOURNEY

Our counselors help students reach their potential by providing academic advisement with personal attention. Our goal is to cultivate successful, well-rounded students who are empowered to achieve their individual goals and are prepared for success in college and beyond.

We understand the college planning process can feel overwhelming. However, we believe the journey should be rewarding. Our counselors’ collective knowledge offers a reassuring perspective. Together we provide many years of experience and its attendant wisdom to our students and their families as they navigate this challenging trek.


At Northwest Catholic we honor every student and his or her chosen road. We understand we are a college preparatory school and 98% of our graduates will continue their education at colleges and universities across the nation. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Department helps our students begin their journey to college at the start of freshman year and guides them through this exhilarating process with expertise, sensitivity to each student’s needs, and commitment to being the best college preparatory school it can be.

Joyce O'Rourke
Director of School Counseling

Meet the Team

Mary Jo Foran

School Counselor, Link Crew Assistant

Joyce O'Rourke

Director of School Counseling

Lynn Prendergast

Guidance Secretary

Elizabeth Quinn

School Counselor

Mary Turbert Roberts '96

Director of LEADS 9, Link Crew, Part-time Social Worker

Michael Tyler '73

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

A Sampling of 2017 & 2018 College Acceptances

American University • Amherst College • Assumption College • Babson College • Bates College • Bentley University • Berklee College of Music • Boston College • Boston University • Brown University • Bucknell University • Case Western University • College of the Holy Cross • Central Connecticut State University • Clarkson University • Coastal Carolina University • College of Charleston • College of the Holy Cross • Connecticut College • Curtis Institute of Music • Davidson College • DePaul University • Dickinson College • Drew University • Drexel University • Duquesne University • Eastern CT State University • Elms College • Elon University • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • Emerson College • Fairfield University • Fordham University • Georgetown University • George Washington University • Georgia Institute of Technology • Gettysburg College • Hampton University • Haverford College • Howard University • James Madison University • Johns Hopkins University • Kenyon College • Lafayette College • Lehigh University • Loyola University Maryland • Miami University of Ohio • Mount Holyoke College  • New York University • Northeastern University • Northwestern University • Providence College • Quinnipiac University • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • St. Joseph University • Stevens Institute of Technology • Stonehill College • Swarthmore College • Syracuse University • Trinity College • Tufts University • Union College • University of Chicago • University of Connecticut • University of Hartford • University of Richmond • University of St. Joseph • University of San Francisco • Villanova University

School Profile

NWC School Profile 2017-18