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Paul Mitchell (Cosmotology) -The School of St. Louis rep to visit Oct. 19
Yes, all that is one school.  I added the cosmetology part because many would not know this. We have a graduate there. 

SIUE Explore Day -- September 30th
Juniors in particular - YOU SHOULD BE GOING TO SOME OF THESE THIS YEAR.  THEY ARE MADE FOR YOU!  - NOT SENIORS!  TOO LATE FOR THEM.Open House at SIU-E:  Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (NOT Carbondale.) .  These are great events especially for underclassmen.  Take your folks as you will learn soooo much and want to go to SIUE soooo badly.

CollegeXpress - YouTube, Application Essays, Filling Out the FAFSA, and More!
Seniors:  Look in particular at the FAFSA information as practically everybody should do FAFSA.  And you now can do this beginning in October so you get your financial packages in line very early now.  BE Proactive  with this and you will need to sit down with your parents to do this as tax returns are needed going back two years.

Want to work with your hands? Want a lifetime job skill? NOT for guys only!
First:  See maz Second:  Consider going to the Sate Technical College in Lynn, Missouri and their Open House, Oct. 14.  RSVP at statetechmo.eduThird:  See maz. 35 Programs They take A PLUS! Some programs include:  Auto Collision, Aviation Maintenance, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Commercial Turf and Grounds management, Dental Assistant, Electrical Engineering tech, HVAC, Heavy equipment operator, Networking systems tech, Nuclear tech.Outdoor power and sports tech, Welding tech.

Art Nerds, Gamers, Music Nuts, Theater/Dance Folks, Film Buffs: Is this you?
If yes,you should go to the NACAC St. Louis Performing and Visual Arts College Fair. Saturday, Oct. 7 1-3 PM Webster University - Grant Gymnasium Free and no RSVP needed. Prefair workshop at 12:10 -12:50 on How to research Fine Arts Colleges.
Hint:  If you go, please do two things.  Wear something that says you are from St. PIus (and introduce yourself and give a firm handshake.  The reps tell me they are so impressed when a student does this.) and then tell me you went and share with me what neat things you discovered. 

DevTeam.Space STEM Scholarships
A $1,000 scholarship to be used towards your educational and professional
development goals. You can spend this on anything from coding
boot camps to online programming courses, textbooks etc. More information & apply
Deadline:11/20/17

Next Week: 7 different schools from 7 different states! Rare opportunity
Tuesday: Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, 
Christian Brothers U. Memphis, Tenn.
Wednesday: Avila, Kansas City, Kansas Dominican, River Forest, Illinois St. Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, 
Thursday: St. Mary’s, San Antonio, Texas
Friday: Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, Ohio

Invitation from Harvard, Princeton, University of Virginia, Wellesley, Yale
If interested in these schools: Harvard, Princeton, University of Virginia, Wellesley, and Yale,  see below AND see maz.  These very selective schools do not sent a rep to Pius but they do hold group Information Nights in St. Louis.  Well worth attending by even freshmen!  STudents AND parents go to these events. Also, do not automatically thing you cannot afford it.  Talk to maz.  Talk to maz.  Talk to maz. 

Southeast Missouri - Open House September 26th
SEMO Arts students take note. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln- Popular New Major: Software Engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln!
Computer nerds and engineering nerds take note. 

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The St. Pius X College Placement Office helps students and parents understand the complexities of the college admissions process. I work one-on-one with each student to assess their academic and personal needs, leading to an appropriate selection of institutions at which to apply.

Mr. Marty Zielonko   A member of the St. Pius X community since 1977.
mzielonko@stpius.com   Education:
636-931-7487 Ext. 142   B.A. Benedictine College
    M.A. Southeast MO State University

Visiting Colleges & Universities 

  • Over 54 colleges, universities, technical and military schools visit St. Pius X High School annually
  • The 583 Program: 5 class wide college tours to 8 colleges and universities in a student’s first 3 years of high school
  • Family college visits
  • College events calendar - list all upcoming college visits to St. Pius, open houses, visiting opportunities, and more

I cannot emphasize enough personally visiting colleges early and often.  Car trips to and from campuses are great times to process what the College Search Process is all about.  It is time and money very well spent.  Making the right college choice based on experiencing the place and investigating its programs and having other schools to compare it against help lead to a sound educational choice with lifelong consequences!


College Credits and the College Search Process

St. Pius X High School offers college credit courses through St. Louis University and University of Missouri St. Louis. 

The result of taking College Credit classes and earning CC credits could include three possibilities:

  1. The college accepts the college credits as a direct replacement.
  2. The college accepts the credits but applies them to the general education credit requirements of the college.
  3. The college does not accept any college credits taken in high school or caps the number taken.


The advantages of numbers 1 and 2 include the student entering college with a higher class status.  This allows for a higher priority status when enrolling for the courses that semester and every semester afterwards. The same thing applies to choosing student housing each year.

Another overlooked advantage is when a student is faced with a particularly tough semester schedule he or she may choose to take one less class this semester. Another advantage is in becoming eligible sooner for internships and study abroad.

There is always risk involved. As stated in number 3, college credits may not transfer at all. Colleges are constantly changing their policies regarding college credit transfers. When making your college selectio, be sure to know the college's policy regarding college credit transfers. It may sway your final decision.