College Planning & Registrar

College Planning

To receive assistance with college planning, please contact Erin Gabriel, College Coordinator. Dowling Catholic counselors are available to assist students with recommendations, applications, and transcripts.

Step 1: Preparation

The first step in preparing for college is to plan visits and complete the appropriate course work during high school. Parents and students should begin planning as early as freshman and sophomore year.

An in-person college visit is helpful for the student to determine the right fit. College tours, open houses and information sessions are available by contacting specific colleges. Please contact Erin Gabriel for assistance in planning your college visits. Representatives from several colleges also visit Dowling Catholic in the fall.

Step 2: Applying to Colleges

Students may begin applying to colleges following their junior year. It is important to visit college websites for detailed information on specific admissions requirements, deadlines and instructions regarding the application process. Please visit College Application Process for additional information.

Step 3: Paying for college Tuition

Your student may qualify for scholarships and/or federal or state loans and/or grants to assist with college tuition. It is important to apply early and track specific application deadlines.

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  • Important Notes

    • To send St. Louis University credits to colleges, you must contact SLU directly at 314.977.3142
    • To send AP Test results to colleges, please visit:
    • For a duplicate copy of your CPR Card for a CPR course taken at Dowling Catholic High School, please contact: Vicki Steward at 515.273.0768
    • Five colleges, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, St. Louis University and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, require all ACT test scores to be received directly from ACT. They will NOT accept ACT test information from high schools. In order to send your ACT scores directly to a college, please visit ACT.
    • Dowling Catholic High School no longer provides class rank.
    • Learn more about Academic Awards & Honor Rolls (pdf)
    • Access the Dowling Catholic Grading Scale (pdf)
  • School Profile

    To learn more about Dowling Catholic, and everything it has to offer, you can view our school profile.


Dowling Catholic High School offers a secure website for former students and corporations to request transcripts and student records online. Current students should request their transcripts through Naviance Student. Unofficial copies of your student’s transcript may be printed from OnCampus. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Gabriel or Ms. Aina.

Alumni should visit Dowling Catholic High School Records Request to request transcripts.


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    Erin Gabriel 

    College & Career Coordinator
  • Photo of Carol Aina

    Carol Aina 


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  • 33%

    attending an out
    of state school
  • 38%

    of senior class attending
    Iowa State, UNI or Iowa
  • 50%

    attending a
    4-year public school
  • 60%

    attending an in
    state school
  • 86

    different institutions for
    college choices
  • 31%

    attending a
    4-year private school
  • 11%

    attending a
    2-year school
  • 8%

    joined the military or workforce

College Choices of 2020 Graduates

Arizona State University
Augsburg University
Bradley University
Briar Cliff University
Brown University
Central College
Chapman University
Colgate University
College of Saint Benedict
Colorado Mountain College--Steamboat Springs
Creighton University
DePaul University
Des Moines Area Community College--Ankeny
Des Moines Area Community College--Newton
Drake University
Ellsworth Community College
Emory University
Florida State University
Fordham University
Gonzaga University 
Grand Canyon University 
Grand View University
Grinnell College
Indian Hills Community College
Indiana University--Bloomington
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa State University
Iowa Western Community College
Kansas State University
Kirkwood Community College--Cedar Rapids
Kirkwood Community College--Iowa City
Lebanon Valley College
Loras College
Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Marquette University
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Miami University
Mount Mercy University
New York University
North Central College
Northwest Missouri State
Saint Ambrose University
Saint Cloud State
Saint Louis University
Saint Michael's College
Simpson College
South Dakota State University
Southern Methodist University
St. John's University (MN)
Stephen F. Austin State University
Texas Christian University
The Florida Institute of Technology
The University of Iowa
Truman State University
United States Naval Academy
University of Arkansas
University of California Berkeley
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado--Boulder
University of Dallas
University of Illinois--Urbana/Champaign
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland--College Park
University of Massachusetts--Amherst
University of Missouri--Columbia
University of Nebraska--Lincoln
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of South Dakota
University of St. Thomas
University of Tennessee--Knoxville
University of Utah
University of Washington--Seattle
University of Wisconsin--Madison
Upper Iowa University
Valparaiso University
Wabash College
Wartburg College
Waseda University--Tokyo, Japan
Webster University
William Jewell College

Dowling Catholic High School

Dowling Catholic High School is committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and embracing learners of all faiths. In an environment that is faithful, caring and dedicated, Dowling Catholic forms each student to become a Christ-centered leader.