Kurt Schmidt

Welcome to the College Counseling home page. For more information on the College Counseling department, please contact our department chair - Kurt Schmidt at kurt.schmidt@ignatius.org or by phone at 312.432.8352. For a complete faculty and staff contact list, please visit our Contact Info page.

Schmidt, Kurt Director of College Counseling kurt.schmidt@ignatius.org 312.432.8352
Gomez, Rene College Counselor rene.gomez@ignatius.org 312.432.8451
Miranda, Margaret College Counselor margaret.miranda@ignatius.org 312.432.8443
Weiss, Susan College Counselor susan.weiss@ignatius.org 312.432.8353
Yanny-Tillar, Lisa Administrative Assistant lisa.yanny@ignatius.org 312.432.8351

Saint Ignatius provides a comprehensive, ongoing college placement service that includes testing, individual and group counseling, family planning interviews, and application processing for college admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. Because the process of selecting a college is personal, individual counseling sessions are provided as needed to review the strengths and weaknesses of the student's high school record in relation to education/career goals. To help in this process, representatives from more than 125 colleges visit the school throughout the fall, usually during the junior-senior lunch period, to talk with students about specific college goals. Several times during the year, each junior and senior receives a bulletin that lists college open house dates and current scholarship information.


Students are given the following standardized tests.


This test, administered to all freshman, sophomores, and juniors in the Spring, provides direction for educational and career planning and has the additional benefit of providing practice for the ACT assessment. 


Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

This test is taken in the fall of junior year as a qualifying test for national recognition and preparation for the SAT that will be taken in the spring of junior year.  Sophomores also take the test in the fall as a practice.  A brochure for understanding the new PSAT scoring system is available here:

ACT and SAT:

American College Testing Program and the Scholastic Aptitude Test

Because most colleges require scores on the ACT or the SAT, all students are encouraged to take both tests in the spring of their junior year. 

SAT Subject Tests

Hour long exams are administered in different subject areas. Offered at different times during the year, these are necessary at some colleges for admissions and placement. 


Advanced Placement Tests

These tests are for students who have taken Advanced Placement or certain honors level courses in high school. APs are given in May in specific subject areas. Depending on a particular college's AP policy, a student may gain advanced standing in college. Other tests are available upon request or at the counselor's discretion. Professional consultation and referral are used when necessary.


Scholarships for Seniors

All current scholarships are now listed in our Family Connection website. If you have an account, please log into Family Connection to view them under the "Colleges" tab. If you do not have an account but would like to view the scholarship listing, please contact Ms. Lisa Yanny-Tillar at lisa.yanny@ignatius.org or 312-432-8351 for a Guest password to Family Connection. Thank you.