SJU to Hold “College Ready Workshop” for High School Students

Monday, October 21, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (October 18, 2013) – For area high school juniors and seniors and their families, Saint Joseph’s University will host the SJU College Ready Workshop on Saturday, October 26, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Cardinal Foley Student Center on Saint Joseph’s Maguire Campus.

Focused on those who may be the first generation of their family to attend college, the workshop aims to give participants an up-close understanding of the college application/admissions process.

“At a time when many public school systems are struggling to maintain staffing in their guidance counseling offices, we thought it would be particularly timely to offer our professional expertise and support to students and their families,” says Maureen Mathis, assistant provost in SJU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

In addition to outreach to Philadelphia high schools, Saint Joseph’s has contacted students in Delaware County, Camden and Burlington counties in New Jersey, and Wilmington, Del.  Printed invitations have been mailed, along with email blasts and face-to-face meetings with school officials.  Local community-based organizations, college access programs and churches were also invited to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Sessions for parents will provide an A-to-Z overview of the college admissions process, including the application timeline, financial aid, loans, and how to avoid scholarship scams. ”We want parents to feel informed and positioned to support their student,” Mathis notes.

Concurrent sessions for students will also cover an overview of the admissions process and financial aid as well as these topics:

  • How to come up with a list of prospective schools that match your profile, interests and pocketbook.
  • How to enhance communication skills for interviewing, phone, email and social media etiquette. 
  • How to write a winning college essay.

Students can register for the College Ready Workshop online. This is a free event and lunch will be served.

Media Contact

Harriet Goodheart, Assistant Vice President of University Communications, 610-660-1222,


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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