Helping each girl find the right fit
At Oldfields, we know the college application process can be overwhelming, and that is why we are here to help every step of the way! College counseling is an in-depth, multi-year process which helps each student prepare for and find the college, university, gap year, or post-graduate career path that fits her best. Along with the college counselor, each Oldfields senior takes responsibility for her higher education plan.
SELECTING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY
College preparation begins early in high school. We get to know your daughter and help her develop skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. All students have access to Scoir, an internet-based college and career readiness program, and families are provided with accounts to enable them to log into their daughter’s account. Students can complete career profiles, track their GPA and test scores, research colleges and keep track of those they find interesting, and more. We use this program extensively with juniors and seniors to guide students and track their progress through the college search and application process as well as for scholarship applications and awards.
Admissions representatives from 100+ colleges and universities visit Oldfields each year. These visits are listed on Scoir and on Oldfields’ College Calendar as well as announced to students during morning meetings and in Advisory. All students are encouraged to attend these, as it allows them to quickly and easily learn about the types of schools and the vast opportunities available to them.
During the freshman and sophomore years, we guide students to develop good study habits, get involved in extra-curricular activities, build leadership skills, and discover what they’re passionate about. We also talk to students about summer enrichment opportunities that would allow them to explore and develop interests and talents. Ninth and tenth graders take the PSAT in October to practice taking standardized testing and so we can help them identify trends where they can focus their studying.
College counseling formally begins in junior year when students meet regularly with the Director of College Counseling individually and in Group Seminars. Students explore educational and career interests, learn about different types of colleges, and discuss elements of the application process including interviewing, standardized testing, essays, and the components of applications. Juniors take the PSAT again during this year when it also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. We use the scores from this year as a baseline when students search for appropriate schools, and together with the college counselor, students make a plan to complete their official standardized testing, including discussions of test-optional schools. Students develop balanced college lists that represent their academic, social, academic, athletic, religious, and/or financial needs. By the end of junior year, students leave for summer break with a specific list of colleges and universities in which they are interested in applying. They will also have started their Common Application and college essay.
During senior year, students meet with the college counselor in seminars, one-on-one meetings, and for an application workshop in October. The college counselor’s door is always open, and support is available throughout the process, including for financial aid, scholarships, choosing a school in the spring, and even completing the paperwork such as for class or dorm selections.
Open, frequent communication with families is essential. Parents/Guardians may attend a Fall Family Weekend college session, schedule on-campus meetings with the college counselor, or communicate by phone, email, or FaceTime or Skype.
The college counseling office door is always open, and we look forward to working with your family during this exciting time in your daughter’s life!