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Academic and College Counseling

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NDB has prepared me for my future far beyond my expectations. I am confident and knowledgeable going into college, and I have been able to truly explore my passions and interests. I am thoroughly equipped and thrilled to continue exploring and building on my interests and passions in college and for the rest of my life. I will forever be grateful for my Notre Dame education.

Sofia Frisz '23

Sofia Fritz '23
Political Science Student at SDSU

After graduating from NDB, I attended Cal Berkeley and ultimately graduated from the University of Santa Clara. Directly entering a significantly large and competitive University did not intimidate or overwhelm me academically because Notre Dame had already pushed me to challenge myself in the classroom.

Chioma Igwe '04

Chioma Igwe '04
Professional Soccer Player and Registered Nurse

Notre Dame has challenged me and inspired me to be the best version of myself. UC Berkeley is a place where students become activists and change makers, and I resonate with that because NDB taught me to be a leader both inside and outside of the classroom.

Lauren Fitzgerald

Lauren Fitzgerald '23
Urban Cities Student at UC Berkeley

College Bound

NDB gets students ahead of the curve by beginning a rigorous college preparation process their freshman year and sustaining growth throughout their four year career at NDB. Over four years, students grow equipped with skills to apply for and gain entrance to competitive colleges across the country.


Students use Naviance to keep track of career searches, college lists, recommendation letters, resumes, college rep visits, scholarships and more.

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College Representative Visits

Each fall, over forty college representatives come to NDB to visit our Academic and College Counseling Center. These reps give presentations to juniors and seniors and answer any questions. To view the list of college visits, please access your Naviance College Visits Calendar.

Concurrent Enrollment

Students may opt to take courses at community colleges for college credit with counselor approval. To begin the process, review the Concurrent Enrollment Packet, which includes the Steps to Enrollment.

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College Financial Aid

Below are a number of ways that students can take advantage of financial aid opportunities for college. Students will also have a Financial Aid Night in the fall. 

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College Bound Athletes

Every year, NDB students are recruited by various colleges to play Division I, II, III, or NAIA sports. Notre Dame Belmont is in compliance with NCAA and has four-year curriculum approval (please see your college counselor for this information). Although athletic recruitment is driven by students, anyone entering Notre Dame should notify the College Athletic Coordinator and College Counselor (see Staff) to start the process. In the meantime, students who are interested in playing collegiate sports should sign up with NCAA Eligibility Center. Division I, II, III and NAIA approved curriculum.

College Essay Writing Immersion

Rising senior students were hard at work over the summer drafting college essays in a week-long College Essay Workshop. Students were challenged to identify topics that empower them to express their authentic selves in their writing. 

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Academic and College Counseling Team

Kristi Rossi

Kristi Rossi

Titles: Dean of Academic Advisement
Christina Christenson

Christina Christenson

Titles: School Counselor
Allan Gargaritano

Allan Gargaritano

Titles: School Counselor