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Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is a mandatory 2-day event for the incoming freshman class. This event is designed to welcome the new class of wildcats with fun activities, games, and a campus tour. Freshman will also have the opportunity to connect with upperclassmen leaders in small groups and have the chance to meet with their counselor to go over important information in an effort to smooth the transition for students and help them navigate their first days as a wildcat!

Academic Counseling

Freshman Academic Counseling Night

Freshman Academic Planning Night covers the nuts and bolts of freshman year, giving new families a glimpse into an MC student's academic future. The mandatory evening event for parents includes a brief group meeting with the student’s individual counselor. 

Sophomore Academic Planning Night

This mandatory meeting for Sophomore parents covers information about academic planning/scheduling for junior year, as well as a general review of what to expect junior year regarding the college search and research process.

College Guidance

College Financial Aid Planning Night

This optional event is presented by a Financial Aid expert who will walk through FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) & CSS Profiles, as well as provide tips and insights on how to maximize your student receiving scholarships and grants and offer help with any other financial aid questions. All interested families and students are encouraged to attend.

College Forums for Juniors

Counselors are available in group forum settings to discuss any questions parents and students may have regarding Standardized Testing (SAT/ACT), and the College Search, Research and Application Process. 

College Planning Night for Juniors

This is the mandatory kickoff meeting for the College Search and Research Process for Juniors and Parents. Counselors will discuss ways students can start planning and preparing for this process during their junior year.


Junior students are required, as a part of the College Project, to participate in the Case Studies Program hosted by Marin Catholic. Students and parents join admissions representatives from over 90 colleges from across the country to become part of a simulated admissions committee that reviews applications from high school seniors.  Following the case studies sessions, the students and parents join the representatives in the gym for a college fair. In the spring, countrywide and regional college fairs, both virtual and in person, are also available, and juniors are encouraged to attend these fairs if interested.

College Application Workshops for Seniors

In order to help manage stress and prioritize supporting our seniors, Marin Catholic designates one week (mid-October) for seniors to work on college applications and personal statements instead of attending their regular classes. During this week, students also participate in workshops facilitated by the Counseling Department and various College Representatives.

Senior Parent College Forum

Counselors are available in a group forum setting to answer any questions students and parents may have about the college application process. This event is optional.