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College Counseling 

COLLEGE COUNSELING

 

HELPING EACH STUDENT FIND THE RIGHT FIT

We know the college application process can be overwhelming, and that is why we are here to help every step of the way! Our college counseling program takes an in-depth, multi-year approach with a primary focus on helping each student find the right fit—the college, university, gap year, or post-graduate career path that best meets the needs of the student. Each Oldfields student takes responsibility for their higher education plan with the support of the college counselor and faculty.

SELECTING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

College preparation begins early in high school. We get to know each student and help them develop skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We guide students to develop good study habits, get involved in extra-curricular activities, build leadership skills, and discover what they’re enthusiastic and passionate about. We also talk to students about summer enrichment opportunities that would allow them to further explore and develop their interests and talents. Eighth, ninth, and tenth graders take the PSAT exam to practice taking standardized tests and to develop time management skills associated with standardized testing. We can also help them identify trends academically and to encourage them to focus on their interests and passions.

College counseling begins as early as eighth grade and is the beginning of the process to develop an in-depth, comprehensive four-year college going plan when they enter high school. All students meet regularly with the Director of College Counseling individually and in group seminars. Students explore educational and career interests in our Pathways Program, learn about different types of colleges and universities, and discuss elements of the application process including interviewing, standardized testing, essays, and the various components of applications. Juniors take the PSAT again during this year when it also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. We analyze and use the test scores as one criterion as students search for appropriate college and universities that will be a good fit. Students develop balanced college lists consisting of appropriate reach, fit/match, and safety schools that represent their academic, social, athletic, religious, and/or financial needs. At the end of junior year, students leave for summer break with a specific list of responsibilities to be completed over the summer as they prepare to return to school. This will include beginning to write their college essays to be used when submitting their college applications. 

During senior year, students meet with the college counselor in one-on-one meetings. Support is available throughout the process, including for financial aid, scholarships, and making a final selection in the spring. The college counselor will also assist students and their families with questions on and issues surrounding college enrollment.

Senior year is an exhilarating time for students and families, but we also know it can be stressful. The college counseling program is designed to assist and support students and their families to have an enjoyable and celebratory college application process.  Always know that the college counseling office is available to assist all students and families, and we look forward to working with you during this exciting time in your child’s life!

College Matriculations 2019-2023

American Musical and Dramatic Academy
American University (2)
Appalachian State University 
Arcadia University
Auburn University (2)
Binghamton University
Boston University (2)
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University (2)
Brevard College*
Bucknell University
Butler College 
Case Western Reserve
Clark Atlanta University
Chatham University 
Clemson University 
College of Charleston* (2)
Community College of Baltimore County
Colorado State University 
Columbia College Chicago 
Dalhousie University
Delaware State University
Delaware Valley University
Denison University
Dickinson College (2)
Drexel University (2)
Drexel University
Earlham College 
Elizabethtown College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Elon University
Emerson College*
Emory & Henry College
Emory University
Fairfield University
Franklin & Marshall College* (2)
Frostburg State University
Furman University
George Mason University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gordon College
Goucher College (3)
Hampshire College
High Point University (2)
Hope College
 
Jacksonville University 
Johns Hopkins University*
Johnson and Wales University 
Johnson C. Smith University
Juniata College* (2)
Kenyon College
Lesley College
Lincoln University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts Maritime Academy*
McDaniel College
Messiah College
Miami University of Ohio
Montana Western University*
Morgan State University 
Muhlenberg College*
New York University
North Carolina Agricultural &
Technical University
North Carolina State University
Oberlin College
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt Institute (2)
Queens University of Charlotte
Randolph-Macon College (2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ringling College of Art and Design
Roanoke College (2)
Rutgers University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Shenandoah University
Simon Fraser University (2)
Stevenson University*
Susquehanna University 
St. Lawrence University
Stevenson University (2)
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University (2)
The New School
The Ohio State University 
Towson University
University of Alabama, Birmingham 
University of California Davis
University of California Riverside
University of California San Diego
University of Colorado at Boulder* (2)
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware (2)
University of Kentucky 
University of Lynchburg 
University of Maine 
University of Mary Washington (2)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park*
University of Massachusetts Amherst (2)
University of Michigan
University of Montana
University of Montana Western
University of Oregon
University of Redlands
University of Richmond (2)
University of South Carolina
University of Southern Maine
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Pittsburgh 
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga*
University of Texas
University of Vermont (2)
University of Washington (2)
University of Washington
Vanderbilt University*
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech* (2)
Warren Wilson College
Washington College*
West Virginia University  
Wilson College 
Wheaton College
William and Mary (2)
Xavier University
York College of PA 
 
*Class of 2023 destinations.