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The college counseling process at Holy Child strives to uphold the vision of Cornelia Connelly, who created an educational program where the uniqueness and dignity of every person was paramount. The individuality of each student is respected and valued, and the college selection process reflects that individuality. Each student is guided to focus her efforts on finding a college or university that is a good match for her–a place where she will continue to grow, to learn, and to move toward reaching her own potential.

In keeping with the mission of the Network of Holy Child Schools, the college counseling process endeavors to develop mature persons capable of making choices which enrich their own lives and contribute to the lives of others. Students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their particular aspirations, and they gain the confidence to make decisions that will allow them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

We guide each student to focus her efforts on finding a college or university that is the right match for her–a place where she will continue to grow, to learn, and to move toward reaching her own highest potential. We look not simply to a list of colleges, but we work with the girls throughout their search as they continue to grow develop the deeper understanding of themselves and their particular aspirations. We recognize that they are becoming those mature selves, capable of making important choices, ones that not only enrich their lives but contribute to the lives of others.

Selecting a college is such an important decision, one that is filled with both excitement and so often a large dose of uncertainty. With our student-centered approach, I work extensively with each girl and her family to ensure that she is applying to a selection of colleges that best fit her individual talents, goals, abilities. It is a personal decision, one that is made after careful consideration, discussion, and research.

With the resources we have gathered, and the individual and groups meetings that we hold regularly, students are actively engaged in this process, researching and investigating the vast array of colleges and universities across the country.

Holy Child is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and affirms its Statement of Principles of Good Practice, a code of ethical conduct that articulates the responsibilities of college members, secondary school members, and independent counselors in the admission process. In addition, Holy Child affirms NACAC’s Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities in the College Admission Process.

Although college counseling is primarily focused on students and their families during the junior and senior years, questions that students or their parents may have throughout their time at Holy Child are welcomed.

It is an exciting journey; I encourage you all to be organized, arm yourself with facts, but above all, have fun with the process.

Staff

Meg Mayo
Director of College Counseling
301.365.0955 x2115

Karin Wells
Associate College Counselor
301.365.0955 x2240

301.365.0981 (fax)
Holy Child’s School Code: 210838

Visiting Colleges

When you’ve decided to visit a campus, contact the admissions office by phone or on the Web. Let the college know what date you’d like to come and the approximate time you expect to arrive. If you want to stay overnight in a residence hall, ask if they can make arrangements. They might also be able to plan for you to talk with a professor, coach, or the director of one of your interest areas.

During your visit, try to meet with someone from the admissions office or attend an information session. Take a tour of the campus, talk to students, have a meal in the dining hall (many colleges will treat you), pick up copies of the student newspaper, and read the bulletin boards. Some colleges will also arrange for you to sit in on a class. Talk to as many people as possible because individual views on a college can vary widely.

Testing

We help with a variety of tests that Holy Child students take for college, including:

  • PSAT/NMSQT
  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • ACT Assessment
  • AP Exams

College Financial Aid

Learn more about the FAFSA and five steps to take. What is the The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile? Also frequently asked questions and a glossary of terms is included to help you navigate the college search experience.

Four-Year Plan

9th Grade

  • Establish your study habits, maintain good grades
  • Get involved in activities in and out of school that you enjoy
  • Meet with your advisor regularly
  • Familiarize yourself with the Academic Support Office, Math Lab, and Writing Center
  • February: meet with US Academic Dean and your advisor one-on-one to discuss sophomore schedule – make sure that you are appropriately challenged

10th Grade

  • Continue to maintain good grades and stay focused on your academics
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • October: attend lunch with College Counseling office to discuss college process, how to understand your transcript, receive PSAT study guide
  • October: take PSAT
  • December: receive PSAT results; meet with Director of College Counseling to review strengths and weaknesses
  • January: attend AP/Honors class interest meeting to understand expectations and requirements
  • February: meet with US Academic Dean and your advisor one-on-one to discuss junior schedule – make sure that you are appropriately challenged
  • On your days off consider visiting college campuses
  • April: meet with college counseling office to be introduced to and enrolled in Family Connection
  • May: meet with college counseling office to get recommendations on how to spend your summer prepping for junior year: consider classes, employment and using time productively
  • Check the College Counseling bulletin board for summer opportunities on college campuses
  • May: meet with junior Religion Teacher to discuss approval process for completing junior service hours in the summer

11th Grade

  • Academic performance is your top priority: learning and grades!!
  • Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • Consider leadership opportunities: student council, clubs, athletics, arts, service, etc.
  • Check Family Connection frequently to sign up for college representative visits at Holy Child
  • Check Family Connection and the College Counseling bulletin board for information on off campus college fairs
  • September: attend Junior Student/Parent College Night
  • October: begin attending College Counseling classes
  • November: complete Personality Assessment and Resume in Family Connection
  • You will begin to receive information from colleges – create your college binder
  • Begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT in the spring – start test prep/tutoring, register for spring ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests (if necessary)
  • Meet with Academic Support Office to begin process of registering for extended time (if applicable)
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are considering playing sports in college; request transcripts be sent to NCAA
  • February: meet one-on-one with the Director of College Counseling to discuss Holy Child’s graduation requirements and senior schedule
  • February/March: take SAT/ACT prep class at Holy Child
  • March: attend Jesuit College Fair at Holy Child
  • Spring Break: continue to visit college campuses you are interested in
  • April: continue College Counseling classes – thorough discussion of the college process
  • Continue to update your resume to include honors, leadership activities, service, employment
  • May: College Counseling will visit English classes to discuss the college essay
  • May: take AP exams
  • May: ask teachers (in person) to write letters of recommendation; follow up with a confirmation email before you leave for summer break
  • Summer: continue to visit schools you are interested in; make an appointment with an admissions counselors, set up interviews if appropriate
  • Summer: register for the College Prep Class at Holy Child; start thinking about your college essay
  • The Common Application becomes available August 1st, and most college applications are available in late July/early August – begin creating accounts and completing applications online

12th Grade

  • Grades are still your top priority!
  • Remember that mid-year grades are sent to colleges Stay involved in extracurricular and volunteer activities you are passionate about
  • Continue leadership roles: student council, clubs, athletics, arts, service, etc.
  • Meet with the Director of College Counseling within the first few weeks of school to finalize your list of schools and confirm deadlines/how you plan to apply
  • Provide teachers with your updated resume and transcript in your recommendation folder
  • Use Family Connection and blue sheets to request transcripts for colleges and scholarships
  • Sign up for college representative visits at Holy Child on Family Connection and on the College Counseling bulletin board
  • September: complete all applications for early decision and early action– have parents review application information. Students should submit their applications well in advance of college deadlines
  • Applications for Early Decision/Early Action are usually due by November 1st
  • September: register for ACT/SAT if still needed
  • December: parents attend Financial Aid Night at Holy Child
  • January 1st: FAFSA becomes available online
  • Be aware of scholarship deadlines, if appropriate
  • January: students request mid-year grades to be sent to colleges
  • April: review college acceptances and financial aid awards; visit college campuses before making decisions
  • May: take AP exams
  • May 1st: deadline to notify colleges of acceptance. Do not double deposit! Notify college counseling office of final decision
  • May: attend Transition to College Meeting
  • Spring/Summer: attend accepted student programs
2010-15 Acceptances

Acadia University
Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
Albright College
American University
Asbury University
Auburn University
Ave Maria University
Barnard College
Barry University
Baylor University
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont University
Berry College
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Butler University
California Tech
Calvin College
Canisius College
Case Western Reserve University
Cazenovia College
Central Saint Martins College of Art
Chestnut Hill College
Christopher Newport University
Clark University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Columbia College, Chicago
Connecticut College
Converse College
Cornell University
Creighton University
Curry College
Denison University
DePaul University
DeSales University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Eastern University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Endicott College
Eugene Lang College
Fairfield University
Flagler College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Fordham University
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Franklin and Marshall College
Frostburg State University
Furman University
Gardner-Webb University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College
Hampton University
High Point University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Hood College
Howard University
Immaculata University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Jacobs University
James Madison University
John Carroll University
Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson State College
Kalamazoo College
Kenyon College
Keystone College
King’s College
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lasell College
Le Moyne College
Lebanon Valley College
Liberty University
Lincoln University
Longwood University
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynchburg College
Lynn University
Manhattan College
Marist College
Marquette University
Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount University
McDaniel College
McGill University
Merrimack College
Miami University, Oxford
Michigan State University
Mitchell College
Monmouth University
Montgomery College, Rockville
Mount Ida College
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Muhlenberg College
Muskingum University
Neumann University
New York University
Newbury College
Niagara University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pace University, New York City
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Parsons, The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia University
Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Providence College
Purchase College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Radford University
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Regis University
Rhodes College
Rider University
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rosemont College
Rutgers
Sacred Heart University
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Leo University
Saint Louis University
Saint Michael’s College
Saint Vincent College
Salem International University
Salisbury University
Salve Regina University
Samford University
San Diego State University
Santa Monica College
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hall University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Siena College
Skidmore College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Southern Adventist University
Southern Illinois University
Southern Methodist University
Spring Arbor University
Spring Hill College
St. Bonaventure University
St. Edward’s University
St. John’s University
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevenson University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
Susquehanna University
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas Christian University
The American University of Paris
The Catholic University of America
The College of New Jersey
The College of Wooster
The George Washington University
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Findlay
The University of Georgia
The University of North Carolina
The University of Scranton
The University of Tampa
The University of Texas, Austin
Towson University
Towson University
Trinity College
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
Union College
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Hartford
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Mount Union
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Florida
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Ottawa
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida, Tampa
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas, Austin
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ursinus College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesley College
West Virginia University
West Virginia University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Wheaton College MA
Wheeling Jesuit University
Whittier College
Widener University
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Xavier University
York College of Pennsylvania
York University

2016 Acceptances

(Matriculations are in bold)

American University
Arizona State University
Auburn University
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
Cedar Crest College
Chapman University
Clark Atlanta University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of the Holy Cross
College of William and Mary
Dickinson College
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Eastern Mennonite University
Elon University
Emory & Henry College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Florida State University
Fordham University (2)
Full Sail University
Furman University
Georgetown University (2)
Gettysburg College
High Point University
Hood College
Indiana University at Bloomington (2)
James Madison University
Liberty University
Longwood University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Lynn University
Marist College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Marymount University
McDaniel College (2)
Messiah College
Miami University, Oxford
Mississippi State University
Mount St Mary's University (2)
Muhlenberg College
New York University
North Carolina Central University
Ohio University
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
Pennsylvania State University (2)
Point Loma Nazarene University
Providence College
Purdue University
Randolph College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rollins College
Rosemont College
Sacred Heart University
Saint Joseph's University
Saint Louis University
Saint Michael's College
Saint Peter's University
Salve Regina University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hall University
Shenandoah University
Southern Methodist University
St. John's University - Queens Campus
Stetson University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University (3)
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
The Catholic University of America (2)
The George Washington University
The New School
The Ohio State University
The University of Alabama (2)
The University of Arizona (2)
The University of Georgia
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Scranton
The University of Texas, Austin
Towson University
Tufts University
Tulane University
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Dayton (2)
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Miami (3)
University of Mississippi
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of San Francisco
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Virginia
Villanova University (2)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Westmont College
Xavier University