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College Counseling

The goal of the College Counseling Department is to provide current  and relevant information and resources to help our students and their families make the best college choices. At Notre Dame, each student is assigned not only a school counselor but a college counselor as well. The college counselor guides the student, not only in the college search, but in the career assessment process. Starting from Freshman year, students are trained on the Naviance platform as well as enrolled in a Schoology College/Career Portfolio course that follows them through the four years in high school. Along the way, students are provided critical information about college entrance requirements, testing timelines, admissions essay writing, college list development, financial aid and career planning and assessment.

The College & Career Center is located in Room 215 on the second floor. The College Counselor offers individual college counseling appointments, college group meetings, class presentations, and college night presentations.

The various tabs on the right of this screen will guide you through NDB college events, standardized testing, college planning, College Applications, financial aid, the college bound athlete.

Get started early on your college search process. Each student is required to use Naviance Family Connection for her college search and tracking process. Below are links to additional information that will be helpful for students and parents.


Dina Cunha, M.S


Dina Cunha is the new Director of College and Career Counseling.  She joined Notre Dame Belmont in the fall of 2016. Her professional background has always been rooted in education with the last 15 years specifically focused in college admissions and career counseling. She's been on the "other side" of college admissions process holding such positions as senior admissions counselor at the University of California, as well as admission positions at Notre Dame de Namur University, and two California State Universities campuses. Additionally her university experience also includes working with students at Stanford University's Career Center and National University. She has also held positions in K-12 Education as a high school social studies teacher, guidance counselor, and college advisor, more recently at Saratoga High School and Lynbrook High School in San Jose, CA. Dina received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Davis and her M.S. in Counseling with specializations in School, College, and Career Counseling. She is currently working towards a doctorate in psychology at California Southern University. She is a certified expert in Career Counseling having been trained at Stanford University's Career Development Center in interpreting career and personality assessments.  Dina holds a California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and is also a National Board Certified Counselor. She also holds a California Teaching Credential.