College Connections


Colleges Guarantee Admissions to York Catholic Students

York Catholic High School is pleased to participate in the Guaranteed Admission Plan with many Catholic universities. This creates the opportunity to have YC students continue their education in a post-secondary institution promoting Catholic values and beliefs. The universities participating are:

Each university has specific GPA and SAT expectations of senior applicants, but the premise of the Guaranteed Admission Plan is the same. Students will be admitted to the university based on minimum GPA and SAT levels set by the university.  The application fee at Immaculata and St. Vincent is also waived for York Catholic students who qualify.

Click on the college or university name above to be directed to their website.
Click on Agreement to see the specifics of the arrangement.

Please see Mrs. Phillips in the College and Career Office for more information or email her at


College Timelines for Juniors and Seniors

Students interested in continuing their education at a college or university should follow the links below for calendar
planning and guidelines regarding preparing for the applications and admissions process.

College Timeline for Juniors 2021-22

College Timeline for Seniors 2021-22


SCOIR College Planning

SCOIR is an online College Planning program available to our 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade students and families to help navigate the college selection and application process.

Parents will be able to view their student’s profile, see their college list, conduct their own college searches, and suggest colleges for their student to consider. SCOIR also provides parents with financial tools to get a better sense of the estimated cost of attendance at various colleges during the selection process.

Click here to sign-in to SCOIR.

College Financial Aid

Diona Brown from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) presented to York Catholic junior and senior parents in 2020 how the financial aid system works.  Click here for her informative Power Point presentation.  You are welcome to contact PHEAA if you have questions.  Contact information is in the Power Point presentation.



College/University/Military Visits to York Catholic

Many colleges, universities, and military branches visit York Catholic September through November to make presentations and answer questions about their institutions.  Juniors and seniors who would like to attend must sign-up in the College & Career Counseling Office or visit the College & Career Google Classroom to fill out the sign-up form, then check your email for the join link.


Students Visiting Colleges or Career Shadowing

Click here for the College Visit – Shadowing Request form.

Penn State-York Shadowing Any junior or senior interested in attending Penn State-York campus should consider being a student for a day.  Shadow a current Penn State-York student, attend classes, and eat in the Lion’s Den Cafe.  Register online at  For more information, contact the secretary in the career room.

The United States Naval Academy:  Who gets in, what is it like, what do they do? Click here for a link to the Forbes magazine article from April 10, 2012.

College Board College Board has a NEW toll-free customer service number that students and their families can reach from anywhere in the US…it is 866-756-7346.


College Fairs & Open Houses

For College Fair information, visit



Higher Education & Career Planning

The Guidance Department utilizes the SCOIR career assessments and inventories tool to assist students with Career Exploration in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.  This system helps students to find Career Clusters which suit their interests, as well as explore specific careers with detailed information regarding required education or training, job responsibilities, and much more.  College or Technical School individualized searches are also provided for each junior with plans for higher education.  Students also do college research through Princeton Review, Cappex, Niche, and many other college related websites.sepln-org_horz

PA Institutions of Post-secondary and Higher Ed Map

The map lists all degree-granting institutions approved to operate in PA. The map may be viewed on the PA Department of Education’s website: click on Programs – then Programs H-N – then in the drop-down menu, click on PA Institutions of Postsecondary and Higher Education Map.

Helpful College Links

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