More about Marty Zielonko and the College Placement Site

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

mzielonko@stpius.com

Education:

 

 

A member of the St. Pius X community since 1977.

(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 693 Program: 6 class wide college tours to 9 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 piority 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 selection, be sure to know the college's policy regarding college credit transfers. It may sway your final decision.