College Counseling

At the beginning of junior year, students begin working with their assigned college counselor. The college counselors help students and parents navigate through the search, application, and financial aid process. Additionally, college counselors will help students understand the ACT and SAT testing process, and make them aware of deadlines and requirements for certain schools and programs. Together, the student, parents, and college counselor work to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.

Marist High School Profile

Marist’s college counselors helps students:

  • Narrow the list of college choices based on academic and personal preferences
  • Identify possible majors and minors
  • Complete the entire application process
  • Obtain financial aid and scholarship information
  • Decide on which college they will attend
  • Complete college specific information such as housing and orientation

Mrs. Nicki Peterson
College Counselor, A-L

Mrs. Peterson is in her fourth year at Marist High School. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from St. Xavier University. She has previously worked as a Guidance Counselor in District 228 where she assisted students in transition planning, specifically devising plans for making successful transitions into adulthood. She is a member of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling.

Mrs. Kim Myers
College Counselor, M-Z

Mrs. Myers is in her 19th year at Marist High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Quincy University and a Masters of Arts in Education from Saint Xavier University. Before coming to Marist, she worked in college admissions for 21 years; the last few as Director of Admissions at SXU. She is a member of the Illinois Association of College Admission Counseling and the National Association of College Admission Counseling. She has served on the Admission Advisory Boards of Marist College, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently holds a seat on the Advisory Board of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a presenter/resource for Hope Hospital Pediatric Cancer students.